Not a typo: Badgers score 83 points, rout Indiana

That just happened.

The Wisconsin Badgers never punted and scored on every single drive Saturday as they tied a Big Ten modern day record for points scored in a game with a 83-20 win over Indiana.

But did they run up the score?

Some would argue they did. Three of the Badgers five second half touchdowns came through the air, including a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis with less than nine minutes left in the game.

But that pass came from backup quarterback Jon Budmayr and it was on 3rd-and-6 when a passing play was understandable. If Abbrederis was open, then that's on Indiana.

Same thing goes for walk-on quarterback Nate Tice's 17-yard touchdown run that made it 83-20 in the final minutes. Can't fault him for running into the end zone untouched.

Even Scott Tolzien's final touchdown pass that made it 59-13 came on a 3rd-and-goal from the 11-yard line.

I've never had a problem with a team running its normal offense when backups are in. Those are important in-game reps for your future players.

Really, the only play that was questionable at all was the play-action pass Paul Chryst called on 1st and goal at the 2-yard line with a 38-10 lead. Tolzien hit Jake Byrne for a touchdown that made it 45-10.

But even if some criticize the Badgers for running up the score, we all knew it was something they had to do to maintain their lead over Ohio State in the BCS standings. This is the system the NCAA has created, so these are the results they are sometimes going to get -- although 83 points might be a little bit of a stretch.

More importantly, the Badgers once again weathered an early storm -- the game was at one point tied at 10 -- and looked thoroughly impressive without John Clay who sat out with an MCL sprain.

Montee Ball got the start at running back and racked up 167 yards and three touchdowns. James White returned to the lineup and ran for 144 yards and two scores in relief.

Tolzien had a very efficient game, completing 15-of-18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Toon caught his first touchdown pass of the season.

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