Montee Ball made history on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Wisconsin bowling ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over host Purdue.
His three scores gave him a career total of 72 touchdowns to set a Big Ten record and it moved him into third place in NCAA history.
The previous Big Ten mark was 71, set from 1996-99 by another former Badger, Ron Dayne.
Asked by the Milwaukee Sentinel what he was most proud of, Ball said quietly: "Playing for my teammates. Finally waking up and finally being that player that they were all looking for."
Not a whole lot was expected out of Ball coming out of high school at Timberland (Wentzville, Mo.)
. He was the No. 33 ranked running back in the country by Rivals and the fourth best player in Missouri.
Considering his gaudy and productive numbers in high school, one might have expected more. Like the numbers he's produced at Wisconsin. Ball
rushed 213 times for 2,187 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior. He was the state 5A Player of the year as voted on by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
As a junior he rushed for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns and as a sophomore he added 297 carries, 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. He even rushed for more than 1,000 as a freshman – 127 carries, 1,113 yards and 19 touchdowns.
That's 8,222 career yards in high school and 107 touchdowns.
Check out some of his moves at the high school ranks.