STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- 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 previously set the major college mark in 1999.
While Ball left Happy Valley with an impressive record, the Badgers departed with their second straight loss. Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and the Badgers' Kyle French attempt from 44 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley.
This wasn't the way the NCAA's new career touchdown leader wanted to roll into next week's Big Ten title game.
"It's not the way you want it to happen," Ball said.
"I guess, for your own personal goals, I look on the bright side. I'm glad I have them. I'm blessed," Ball added. "It could obviously be a lot better."
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.
Penn State emerged with a 24-21 win in overtime. Ball finished with 111 yards and the one touchdown on 27 carries.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.