The Indiana Hoosiers (4-5) took the field today in Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers (8-1). On a cold and rainy November day, the atmosphere at Camp Randall was that of two units about to face off on a battlefield. Like any battle, soldiers come out injured and unfortunately today, Indiana’s quarterback, Ben Chappell was unable to finish the game. He left the game in the second quarter with a hip injury. The Hoosiers lost to the Badgers 83-20.
Within the first five minutes of the game, Wisconsin entered the red zone, and Montee Ball scored his first rushing touchdown of the day. Wisconsin has the highest touchdown percentage when in the red zone of any team in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers quickly answered by scoring a touchdown of their own. Chappell, threw the ball to Tandon Doss to tack six points onto the scoreboard. Mitch Ewald came out and kicked the extra point. Indiana is first in the Big Ten when it comes to throwing the football.
Indiana defense came into play for the first time and held the Badgers to a field goal. This made the score 10-7 Wisconsin at the end of the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, the Hoosiers had the ball and planned on driving down the field in hopes of another touchdown. They rushed for 91 yards in the first quarter against the Badgers, when they usually only average 96 rushing yards per game. Their drive was quickly stopped when Chappell came limping off the field on 4th and 6. The Hoosiers opted to kick a 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.
Indiana defense put some pressure on Wisconsin, but the Badgers were able to make it into the red zone and Ball scored his second rushing touchdown of the game. James White rushed for 30 yards to score another Wisconsin touchdown. This was his tenth rushing touchdown of the year. Ball once again ran over Indiana’s defense and walked into the end zone for yet another touchdown. Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien showed that the Badgers could pass as well as rush and threw the ball to Nick Toon for a touchdown. Wisconsin led Indiana 38-10 at the half.
Tolzien came out strong for the Badgers in the second half; with less than two minutes of play, he passed to Jake Byrne for a touchdown. A few minutes later, White rushed for a touchdown of his own.
Indiana’s Ewald came on the field to kick a 33-yard field goal. This was the only time the Hoosiers had scored in the third quarter, and it was their first time scoring in the game without Chappell.
Wisconsin took back the ball and Tolzien passed to Lance Kendricks for an 11-yard touchdown putting the Badgers up 59-13 going into the final fifteen minutes of the game. To start the fourth quarter, Wisconsin kicked a 41-yard field goal and scored another touchdown. John Budmayr passed to Jared Abbrederis for a 74-yard touchdown, Wisconsin’s tenth of the game.
Indiana finally got on the board again with a little under five minutes left in the game. Edward Wright-Baker passed to Duwyce Wilson for a 62-yard touchdown. Ewald’s kick for the extra point was good.
Wisconsin’s Nate Tice rushed for 17 yards for a touchdown. With the extra point, Wisconsin had 83 points, which tied the record for most points scored in a Big Ten game in the modern era.
This was Indiana’s biggest loss thus far in the 2010 season. Their next game will be November 20, 2010 against Penn State at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
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Written by Katherine Sarasohn