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Posted: Saturday November 24, 2012 4:43PM ; Updated: Saturday November 24, 2012 4:43PM

Wisconsin's Ball sets NCAA TD record

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Montee Ball
Montee Ball knocked in his 79th career touchdown against Penn State.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Wisconsin star running back Montee Ball set an NCAA record after scoring his 79th career touchdown on a 17-yard run in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Penn State.

The score broke a tie in the record book with Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio), who had previously set the major college mark in 1999.

Entering Saturday's game, Ball had 72 career rushing scores - including 17 this season - to go with six receiving touchdowns.

Ball clutched the football tightly in his right arm while getting pats on the helmet from teammates after the touchdown run gave the Badgers a 14-7 lead at 6:27 of the first quarter

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