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Last week: 25 rushes for 156 yards and four TDs; one reception for 15 yards in 45-7 win over No. 20 Penn State. Season (12 games): 248 rushes for 1,622 yards and 29 TDs; 17 receptions for five TDs; one for one passing for 25 yards and one TD. Maybe it's because he played in the shadow of quarterback Russell Wilson for part of the season, or that he's truly caught fire after the Badgers were knocked out of the BCS title hunt, but Ball is in the strange position of playing catch-up in this race despite putting together one of the greatest scoring seasons in NCAA history. Only Barry Sanders (39) has had more total touchdowns in a year than Ball's 34, and he already owns the Big Ten rushing TD mark at 29. Ball should have quite the case for an invitation to New York if he can have another big day in the inaugural Big Ten title game against No. 11 Michigan State, which ranks third in total defense and is allowing 101 per game on the ground. Next up: Saturday vs. 11 Michigan State in Big Ten title game

Text: Cory McCartney, SI.com
Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI

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