The Norman Transcript

December 2, 2012

Badgers crush Cornhuskers

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin took the ball and ran away with another Big Ten title.

Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and the Badgers scored seven touchdowns on their first nine possessions, blowing out No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 to win their third straight, and most improbable, Big Ten title on Saturday night.

Wisconsin will be the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl and is the first school to represent the league in three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan in the late 1970s.

It was a milestone night for the Badgers.

For the first time in school history, the Badgers had two 200-yard rushers. They finished with the fourth-highest rushing total in school history (539) and tied a conference championship game scoring record. Texas also scored 70 points in the 2005 Big 12 championship game.

No. 13 Fla. St. 21, Georgia Tech 15

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Wilder Jr. ran two touchdowns as No. 13 Florida State held off Georgia Tech on Saturday night to capture its first Atlantic Coast Conference champions since 2005 earn a trip to the Orange Bowl.

The heavily favored Seminoles (11-2) built a 21-6 lead at the half and held on to win, helping to erase some of the sting from last week’s 37-26 loss to their bitter rival, No. 4 Florida.

Despite its record, Georgia Tech (6-7) is bowl eligible after receiving a waiver from the NCAA on Thursday.

It looked like Georgia Tech, a two-touchdown underdog, might get blown out, but the game wasn’t decided until Karlos Williams intercepted Tevin Washington with less than a minute remaining.

The Yellow Jackets slowed down the Seminoles in the second half and forced two turnovers by quarterback EJ Manuel to get back in the game.

No. 16 Oregon St. 77, Nicholls State 3

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Oregon State put up its highest point total ever.

Oregon State (9-3) started playing its substitutes against the lower-division Colonels in taking a 35-0 halftime lead. Markus Wheaton caught 12 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown and sat out the second half.

Oregon State is possibly headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27.

No. 25 Boise St. 27, Nevada 21

RENO, Nev. — Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead Boise State to a share of the Mountain West Conference title.

The Broncos and ensuring their nation’s best seventh consecutive 10-win season.

D.J. Harper ran for 130 yards for Boise State (10-2, 7-1) and the Broncos’ defense put the clamps on a Nevada offense that was averaging 38 points per game.

Tulsa 33, Central Florida 27

TULSA — Alex Singleton ran for 100 yards and plunged over the top for a 1-yard score in overtime to lift Tulsa to a 33-27 victory over UCF on Saturday in the Conference USA championship game.

Tulsa won the C-USA championship for the first time since 2005 and is off to the Liberty Bowl.

Singleton came up with just the second 100-yard game of his career, breaking the school record for touchdowns in the process. He also had a 7-yard score in the second quarter to break Tarrion Adams’ mark with his 40th overall touchdown and 39 on the ground.

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