October 15, 2011
Wisconsin 59, Indiana 7.
Eric Crouch did it. Cam Newton did it. Even Andrew Luck did it, just two weeks ago. And now Russell Wilson has done it, too, adding the inveitable "Is there anything this guy can't do?" moment to his Heisman highlight reel on a 25-yard touchdown catch from Montee Ball in Wisconsin's 59-7 obliteration of Indiana. Not to nitpick, Hoosiers — we know you're giving it your best — but there wasn't anything you could've done to increase the degree of difficulty there? I dunno, have a guy on the screen in Wilson's vicinity, perhaps? No?
Anyway, the IU defense didn't do anything to slow Wilson down in his day job, either, where he was 12 of 18 passing for 167 yards and a touchdown pass of his own, along with a couple nice runs totaling 42 yards — well below his season averages, but still good enough to keep his NCAA-best pass efficiency rating above 200 into the second half of the season. For his part, Ball rolled to 141 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries, the last a 54-yard sprint in the third quarter for the Badgers' only offensive touchdown of the second half. Everything else came on six consecutive drives in the first half and touchdowns on both defense and special teams after the break — exactly what you'd expect from an undefeated national contender hosting a 40-point underdog.
On the bright side for Indiana: All in all, it was a dramatic improvement over last year. Sometimes, a 52-point loss is what progress looks like.