2012 BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium • Indianapolis, Ind.
Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez moves to third on Nebraska’s single-season passing yards list (2,667), putting up 184 yards tonight .
Martinez’s 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked his third TD run of 70 or more yards this year (92 vs. UCLA; 71 vs. Michigan State).
With two rushing touchdowns tonight, Martinez moved into a tie for first on the Cornhuskers’ single season touchdown list with 31 (Eric Crouch-2000).
With 140 yards on 19 carries tonight, Martinez moved into the Nebraska all-time top-10 in career rushing yards with 2,812 (ninth). He also moved to eighth on the career rushing touchdowns list with 31.
Martinez made his 38th start at quarterback tonight, tying Eric Crouch (1998-2001) for most career starts by a QB.
Senior placekicker Brett Maher hit a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, tying for second on the Nebraska single-season list (19).
Nebraska is 4-3 this season when losing the turnover battle (-3 tonight)
The Badgers’ 42 first-half points is the most given up by the Cornhuskers this season.
The 539 yards rushing is the most ever allowed by a Nebraska team.
Wisconsin is the first Big Ten school to play in three consecutive Rose Bowl games since Michigan (1977-79).
The Badgers are 9-0 in games played in Indiana under head coach Bret Bielema.
Wisconsin finished with eight rushing touchdowns tonight, a new school record.
Senior running back Montee Ball’s 16-yard second quarter touchdown run set a new NCAA record for career rushing TDs with 74. He added two more to end the day at 76.
With three touchdowns tonight, Ball tied the NCAA record for career multiple TD games with 25. It is the 15th time Ball has scored at least three TDs in a game.
Ball finished the day with 202 yards, his 4th career 200+-yard rushing game and his second this season (Purdue).
Redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon had a career-long 56-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead at 13:01 in the first quarter. He added a 60-yard run in the second quarter.
Gordon finished the game with a career-best 216 yards on nine carries (24.0 ypc).
Junior running back James White finished with four touchdowns (all rush), his fourth multiple-TD game this season and the 10th of his career. It is the second time he has run for four TDs (Austin Peay-2010).
Wisconsin had three running backs go over 100 yards in a game for the first time in school history (Ball 21-202; White 15-109; Gordon 9-216). It is the first time in school history UW has had two 200-yard rushers.
Senior cornerback Marcus Cromartie returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter for his first career INT. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by the Badgers since Aaron Henry vs. Northwestern on Nov. 27, 2010 and the first defensive touchdown for UW this season.
Senior cornerback Devin Smith tallied his fourth interception of the season with a pick in the third quarter.
Junior linebacker Chris Borland’s forced fumble in the second quarter was the 13th of his career, tying him with Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan for the Big Ten career record.
The Badgers finished with 42 points in the first half, the most in a half since 49 vs. Northwestern in 2010.
The Badgers’ 70 points is a new Big Ten Championship Game record, topping their mark of 42 set last year.
It is the most points scored by Wisconsin this year and the second time they have topped the 60-point mark (62-at Indiana).