To say that Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon had a banner day would be an understatement. Gordon set a new record during the Badgers' 59-24 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday in Madison. Gordon set the record for the most rushing yards in a single FBS game with 408 yards. He broke the record that was set by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999 but just two yards.
Gordon had 25 carries and got six rushes for 35 or more yards each during the course of the game. But before he could get anywhere, the Huskers had a 17-3 lead around the start of the second quarter. The Badgers' Kenzel Doe lost a fumble at the start of the game while the Huskers' Tommy Armstrong Jr. got a touchdown pass to Kenny Bell during the quarter. Armstrong also had a touchdown run of his own.
Gordon got a 62-yard touchdown run not long after that touchdown. He fumbled the ball away on the Badgers' next possession but he had two more runs of 35 yards or more in that quarter. Corey Clement had a touchdown run for the Badgers while Joel Stave had a touchdown pass to Sam Arneson to give the Badgers a 24-17 lead at the half.
The Badgers turned it on in the third quarter as Gordon had three rushing touchdowns while Tanner McEvoy got a touchdown run too. Gordon had separate runs of 43 and 68 yards during the quarter. Gordon didn't even have to run in the fourth quarter; Dare Ogunbowale took over and had 51 yards off of seven rushing attempts in one possession. He scored a touchdown during that possession.
The 8-2 Badgers got a total of 581 rushing yards during the game. The 8-2 Cornhuskers only had 180 yards of offense during the game; Armstrong was 6-18 with 62 passing yards during the game. Also, Ameer Abdullah had 69 rushing yards during the game.
This game gave the Badgers the lead in the Big Ten West division. Also, Wisconsin went well over the -6.5 spread for the game.