Ball sets record, Wisconsin rolls past Minnesota

Montee Ball scored three touchdowns to set season record, and No. 16 Wisconsin had no trouble Saturday 13 victory over Minnesota.

Ball cut left through the line and broke a tackle for his third touchdown, a three-yard run in the fourth quarter that gave him a Big Ten-record 27 total TDs for the season.

The score punctuated Wisconsin's eighth straight over Minnesota in the FBS level's most-played rivalry.

Russell Wilson passed for 178 yards and four touchdowns while Ball gained 166 yards on the ground in the win to lead a potent Wisconsin rushing attack.

The Badgers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) have now beaten Purdue and Minnesota by big margins in back-to-back weeks to shake off losses to Ohio State and Michigan.

Minnesota (2-8, 1-5) scored touchdowns on a fake field goal in the second quarter and Duane Bennett's 96-yard kickoff return to open the second half, but lost for the sixth time in its last seven games.

Ball scored his first two touchdowns in the first quarter -- one receiving and one rushing -- to tie the previous conference record of 26 shared by Ohio State's Pete Johnson (1975), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1988) and Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter (1994).