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Ball's 247 yards rushing, 3 TD's powers Badgers to 38-14 win over Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (WTAQ) - Montee Ball rediscovered the magic which made him a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, rushing for a career-best 247 yards and three touchdowns Saturday.

That effort powered the Wisconsin Badgers to an easy 38-14 Big Ten Conference victory at Purdue.

With James White piling up another 124 yards, the Badgers owned the line of scrimmage and gouged the Boilermakers for 467 yards on the ground. Ball now has 72 career touchdowns, third on the all-time list.

The win puts Wisconsin in a good position to win the Leaders Division, since Ohio State and Penn State are out of the running.

Purdue started well, scoring just 38 seconds after the opening kickoff. Jacob Pedersen tied the score on a 21-yard pass reception for UW and the Badgers had taken a 17-7 lead by half, then Ball broke things wide open with a 67-yard scoring run at the start of the second half.

The lead reached 38-7 before Purdue scored a late-game TD.