Montee Ball scored four touchdowns to lead No. 16 University of Wisconsin to a 45-7 victory over Pennsylvania State University and a spot in college football’s Big Ten Championship game.
The Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) will meet Michigan State in the title game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3.
No. 19 Penn State, which lost its coach Joe Paterno of 46 years amid a child sex scandal targeting a former defensive coordinator, took a 7-0 lead on Matthew McGloin’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Drake six minutes into the first quarter at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Russell Wilson fired a 21-yard pass to Jared Abbrederis five minutes later to tie the score and Wisconsin took command of the game, capitalizing on three fumbles and one interception.
Ball scored twice in each of the second and third quarters to reach 34 touchdowns this season to hold the record for the second-most in a single season in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He is five touchdowns behind record-holder Barry Sanders who had 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in 1988.
Wilson completed 19 of 29 passing attempts for 186 yards and two touchdowns. McGloin completed nine passes for 97 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
1-2 Without Paterno
The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) were playing for an invitation to the Rose Bowl as they attempted to save a season rocked by the indictment of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, on child sexual abuse charges. Paterno, 84, who holds the record for the most Division I wins at 409 and is being treated for lung cancer, and university President Graham B. Spanier, 63, were fired Nov. 9. The team has won one and lost two without Paterno.
At Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, A.J. McCarron passed for three touchdowns to lead second-ranked Alabama to a 42-14 victory over No. 24 Auburn. Trent Richardson rushed a career-high 203 yards and caught a 5-yard pass from McCarron for a touchdown for the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC).
Clint Moseley completed 11 passes for 62 yards and one interception for the Tigers (7-5, 4-4 SEC).
At Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia, Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as No. 5 Virginia Tech shut out No. 24 Virginia 38-0. The win gave the Hokies (11-1, 7-1 ACC) a chance for a rematch with No. 17 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next weekend. Logan completed 13 of 21 passing attempts for 187 yards.
Michael Rocco completed 16 passes for 211 yards and two interceptions for the Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3 ACC).
In other games involving the top 10 teams in the Bowl Championship Series, it was No. 6 Stanford 28, No. 22 Notre Dame 14; No. 7 Boise State 36, Wyoming 14; No. 9 Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 6; and No. 10 Oregon 49, Oregon State 21.