Wisconsin pounds Penn State, 45-7

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MADISON, Wis. -- Tailback Montee Ball ran for four touchdowns and quarterback Russell Wilson passed for two more as No. 15 Wisconsin drubbed No. 20 Penn State, 45-7, today before 79,708 fans in Camp Randall Stadium.

The Badgers (10-2, 6-2) not only clinched the Leaders Division title, they earned a rematch with Michigan State in next Saturday's Big Ten championship game.

Penn State (9-3, 6-2) dropped to 1-2 since interim coach Tom Bradley replaced Joe Paterno.

Ball scored on runs of 1, 2, 9 and 18 yards, and Wilson tossed touchdown passes of 21 yards to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and 4 yards to Nick Toon.

Ball's 34 touchdowns this season are the second-most in NCAA history. And Wilson threw at least one touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games, tying an NCAA record.

Ball finished with 156 yards rushing on 25 carries -- the most yards surrendered by Penn State's defense to an opposing running back this season - and Wilson completed 19 of 29 passes for 186 yards as the Badgers won their fourth consecutive game.

They converted four Penn State turnovers -- three fumbles and one interception -- into three touchdowns and a field goal, a 44-yarder by Phillip Welch.

Penn State held a brief 7-0 lead on its opening series of the game as quarterback Matt McGloin threw his first touchdown pass in four games, a 44-yarder to wide receiver Curtis Drake.

Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rmusselmanppg.

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