MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had no shame rooting for Nebraska.
The Bradford graduate and nation’s leading rusher likely doesn’t cheer often for the Cornhuskers. But Nebraska handed Northwestern its second league loss this weekend, putting Wisconsin right back into the Big Ten West race since the Badgers’ only conference loss this season was to the Wildcats.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, a Bradford graduate, was named to ESPN’s Midseason All-America Team, which was released on the organization’s college football Web page on Tuesday.
In addition, Gordon joined fellow Kenoshan Zac Epping of Minnesota on ESPN’s Midseason All-Big Ten team, which was released on the organization’s Big Ten blog.
A Week 7 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: Started his 40th consecutive game on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 24-17 victory over Northwestern at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. ... The left guard earned the U.S. Marine Corps Leader of the Game honor. … Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) hosts Purdue (3-4, 1-2) in an 11 a.m. kick on Saturday (Big Ten Network).
MADISON (AP) — Melvin Gordon stumbled through the hole with a couple awkward steps, appearing as if he was about to fall face first into the turf.
Somehow, he kept his balance. Seconds later, Gordon completed his dash down the sideline for a 46-yard gain.
Uncertainty at quarterback this late in the season can mean problems for an offense.
Both Illinois and Wisconsin hope they can sort through their issues behind center on Saturday and prevent falling further behind in the Big Ten standings.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup late in the 2012 season, Trae Waynes has been a consistent playmaker at cornerback for the vaunted Michigan State defense.
Never was the Harborside Academy graduate’s impact felt more than in the eighth-ranked Spartains’ 27-22 victory over previously undefeated Nebraska on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.
MADISON (AP) — Melvin Gordon needs some help in Wisconsin’s backfield, and coach Gary Andersen is hoping someone seizes the Badgers’ unsettled quarterback spot.
So far, neither Tanner McEvoy, who won the starting job because of his threat as a runner, nor Joel Stave has been the answer, leaving the Badgers with a one-dimensional offense. Gordon, a Bradford graduate, had a career-high 259 yards rushing in Saturday’s 20-14 loss Saturday at Northwestern.
A Week 6 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: For the second time in three weeks Gordon eclipsed his career high in rushing yards by amassing 259 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown in a 20-14 loss at Northwestern. ... Gordon now leads the country with 174.2 rushing yards per game is in the top three in total yards (871) and yards per carry (8.3). ... He is averaging more rushing yards per game than than 65 of 125 FBS teams. ... Wears No. 25. ... Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) hosts Illinois (3-3, 0-2) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Madison (ESPN2).
EVANSTON, Ill. — Melvin Gordon was great, once again. He piled up the rushing yards in another impressive performance.
Unfortunately for Gordon and No. 17 Wisconsin, the rest of the offense had a difficult day.
Tremper graduate Toneo Gulley’s role with the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team continues to grow.
The sophomore slot back scored his first collegiate touchdown during Navy’s 36-27 loss to Western Kentucky last Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
No. 17 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten), 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2)
Series: Wisconsin leads 57-33-5.
EVANSTON, Ill. — The last time Wisconsin won at Northwestern was 1999. Ron Dayne was making his run for the Heisman Trophy and the Badgers were on the way to the Rose Bowl.
Yes, it has been that long.
Four years ago, Tremper graduate Zac Epping made his first collegiate start for the University of Minnesota football team in front of more than 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium.
That may sound like a dream scenario for a young football player, getting your first start at the fabled “Big House.”
MADISON (AP) — Although Wisconsin’s potent offense eventually has shifted into gear during three consecutive victories, the 17th-ranked Badgers may not be able to wait until the second half to get going when they open their Big Ten schedule at Northwestern.
Wisconsin (3-1) is ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing with 343.3 yards per game, and the Badgers’ average of 7.04 yards per carry is the best in the country. Wisconsin, however, has not won at Ryan Field since 1999 and is facing a Northwestern defense that’s allowed just 13 points in its last two games, including a 29-6 victory at Penn State last Saturday.
A Week 5 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: Started his 39th consecutive game on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 30-14 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday. ... The left guard, who is battling an ankle injury, helped David Cobb rush for 183 yards as the Gophers captured “The Little Brown Jug” trophy for just the second time since 1986. ... Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota (4-1, 1-0) has off until Northwestern comes to TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 11.
MADISON (AP) — Melvin Gordon decided to speak up with Wisconsin off to another lackluster start.
The Badgers’ star tailback couldn’t take it anymore while jogging back to the locker room with his team tied at 3 at the half with South Florida.
Series: First meeting.
What’s at stake: South Florida hits the road for the first time looking to build off a three-point victory over Connecticut. Wisconsin gets its last tuneup before Big Ten play begins. The Badgers have won 30 straight nonconference home games, second in the country only to LSU’s 42-game streak.
MADISON — South Florida offensive lineman Darrell Williams views Wisconsin as a model for the future for his own school’s offense.
Unfortunately for the Bulls, they have to get past the 19th-ranked Badgers today, and Camp Randall Stadium isn’t really the ideal place for South Florida to have its first road game of the season.
MADISON — Michael Caputo gets the tackles for No. 19 Wisconsin — and makes sure to dish out the credit.
With the linebackers taking up blockers in front of him, the junior safety can swoop in for hits.
A Week 4 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: Started his 38th consecutive game (42nd overall) on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 24-7 victory over San Jose State in Minneapolis on Saturday. … The left guard helped the Gophers rush for 380 yards and three touchdowns. ... Coach Jerry Kill sung Epping’s praises prior to Saturday’s outgin, “You know right now (he) has an ankle sprain. It’s difficult for him. He didn’t practice much last week, but he’s such a good player. Played well, but then he’s still banged. How much practice will he get this week? So those are the things that concern you.” ... Was named to Big Ten Network.com’s top non-conference offensive performers team on Monday. … Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota plays at Michigan 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (ABC).
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s offense is a work in progress with a first-year starting quarterback throwing to receivers placed in more prominent roles this season.
But a 68-17 drubbing of Bowling Green offered positive signs for the road ahead for the Badgers, especially with prominent holdover Melvin Gordon leading the charge on the ground.
MADISON — After Melvin Gordon fumbled on his first carry, teammate Corey Clement gave him a fist bump on the sideline and told his fellow Wisconsin running back to shake off the mistake.
It turned out to be the start of a record-setting day for the 19th-ranked Badgers.
Series: Wisconsin leads 3-0.
What’s at stake: Bowling Green beat Indiana for the Falcons’ first win over a Big Ten team since defeating Minnesota in 2007. Upsetting Wisconsin on the road would really have ripple effects on the already struggling Big Ten. But this is unlikely to happen against the Badgers, who have won 30 straight home nonconference games.
MADISON — Wisconsin’s defense is preparing for the football equivalent of a track meet.
Bowling Green rolls into Madison Saturday fresh off a win over Indiana — the 19th-ranked Badgers’ Big Ten brethren — in which the Falcons ran a dizzying 113 plays.
Name Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School)
99 Adeyanju, James DE 6-2 262 RS JR Chicago
22 Andersen, Chasen ILB 6-0 221 FR Logan, Utah
12 Armstrong, Thad QB 6-3 215 RS SO Ottawa, Ill.
49 Arneson, Sam TE 6-4 244 SR Merrill, Wis.
46 Austin, Matt ILB 6-3 218 FR Fond du Lac, Wis.
71 Ball, Ray OL 6-7 324 RS JR Columbus, Ohio
18 Baretz, Lance WR 5-11 195 SR Franklin, Wis.
66 Benzschawel, Beau OL 6-6 291 FR Grafton, Wis.
74 Biegel, Hayden OL 6-6 303 RS FR Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
47 Biegel, Vince OLB 6-4 244 RS SO Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Bondoc, Evan S 6-1 201 FR Madison, Wis.
24 Brookins, Keelon S 5-10 209 RS FR St. Paul, Minn.
17 Cadogan, Sherard OLB 6-3 232 RS SR Washington Township, N.J.
7 Caputo, Michael S 6-1 212 RS JR Imperial, Pa.
48 Cichy, Jack ILB 6-2 220 SO Somerset, Wis.
6 Clement, Corey RB 5-11 217 SO Glassboro, N.J.
19 Connelly, Ryan OLB 6-3 225 FR Eden Prairie, Minn.
64 Connors, Brett OL 6-6 311 FR New Berlin, Wis.
54 Costigan, Kyle OL 6-5 319 RS SR Wind Lake, Wis.
31 Cummins, Connor WR 6-1 200 RS SR Kettering, Ohio
28 Deal, Taiwan RB 6-0 216 FR Capitol Heights, Md.
63 Deiter, Michael OL 6-5 317 FR Curtice, Ohio
55 Denlinger, Trent OL 6-6 308 RS SO Cuba City, Wis.
14 Dixon, D'Cota ILB 5-10 206 FR Oak Hill, Fla.
3 Doe, Kenzel WR 5-8 176 SR Reidsville, N.C.
55 Dooley, Garret DE 6-2 238 RS FR Rochester, Ill.
89 Eckert, Sam TE 6-5 220 FR East Troy, Wis.
53 Edwards, T.J. OLB 6-1 229 FR Lake Villa, Ill.
37 Endicott, Andrew K 5-9 175 SO Roseville, Calif.
86 Erickson, Alex WR 6-0 196 RS SO Darlington, Wis.
36 Ferguson, Joe S 6-1 210 RS FR Madison, Wis.
31 Figaro, Lubern S 6-0 179 FR Everett, Mass.
56 Fischer, Ben LB 6-0 211 FR Crivitz, Wis.
29 Floyd, Terrance CB 5-10 191 RS JR Boynton Beach, Fla.
9 Fredrick, Jordan WR 6-4 214 RS JR Madison, Wis.
48 Fumagalli, Troy TE 6-5 246 RS FR Naperville, Ill.
10 Gaglianone, Rafael K 5-11 231 FR Sao Paulo, Brazil
4 Gaulden, Devin CB 5-10 187 RS JR Miramar, Fla.
68 Gault, Jaden OL 6-6 310 FR Cottage Grove, Wis.
7 Gillins, D.J. QB 6-3 201 FR Jacksonville, Fla.
95 Goldberg, Arthur NG 6-3 290 RS SO Mount Lebanon, Pa.
25 Gordon, Melvin RB 6-1 213 RS JR Kenosha, Wis.
50 Harrison, Josh OLB 6-0 223 RS SR Huber Heights, Ohio
78 Havenstein, Rob OL 6-8 333 RS SR Mount Airy, Md.
41 Hayes, Jesse OLB 6-3 229 RS JR Cincinnati, Ohio
72 Hemer, Ben OL 6-4 274 RS FR Medford, Wis.
45 Herring, Warren NG 6-3 294 RS SR Fairview Heights, Ill.
5 Hillary, Darius CB 5-11 188 RS JR Cincinnati, Ohio
96 Hirschfeld, Billy DE 6-6 271 FR Okauchee, Wis.
13 Houston, Bart QB 6-4 218 RS SO Dublin, Calif.
27 Hudson, Austin DB 6-2 205 FR Tampa, Fla.
27 Jackson, Vonte S 6-1 200 RS SO Kenosha, Wis.
32 Jacobs, Leon OLB 6-2 230 SO Santa Clarita, Calif.
12 Jamerson, Natrell WR 5-11 180 FR Ocala, Fla.
6 James, Alec DE 6-3 259 RS FR Brookfield, Wis.
21 Jean, Peniel CB 5-11 194 RS SR West Palm Beach, Fla.
1 Jordan, A.J. CB 6-0 190 RS JR Dayton, Ohio
75 Kapoi, Micah OL 6-4 323 FR Kapolei, Hawaii
93 Keefer, Jake DE 6-3 269 RS JR Woodville, Wis.
39 Kelliher, Brady LS 6-8 247 RS FR Sussex, Wis.
22 Kinlaw, Caleb RB 5-9 180 FR Goose Creek, S.C.
30 Landisch, Derek ILB 6-0 231 SR Nashotah, Wis.
73 Lewallen, Dallas OL 6-6 321 RS SR Berlin, Wis.
16 Love, Reggie WR 6-3 214 RS SO Boynton Beach, Fla.
84 Maly, Austin TE 6-5 250 RS JR Waunakee, Wis.
61 Marz, Tyler OL 6-5 321 RS JR Springfield, Minn.
52 Maxwell, Jacob OL 6-6 295 FR Greendale, Wis.
5 McEvoy, Tanner QB 6-6 222 RS JR Hillsdale, N.J.
56 McGuire, James LS 6-0 216 RS SR St. Paul, Minn.
69 McNamara, Aidan OL 6-4 315 RS FR Madison, Wis.
90 Meyer, Drew P 6-3 187 RS JR Hartland, Wis.
19 Musso, Leo S 5-10 194 RS SO Waunakee, Wis.
38 Neuville, Zander LB 6-5 226 FR Waupaca, Wis.
34 Obasih, Chikwe DE 6-2 268 RS FR Brookfield, Wis.
18 Ogunbowale, Dare CB 5-11 188 RS SO Milwaukee, Wis.
58 Panos, George OL 6-5 301 FR Hartland, Wis.
92 Patterson, Jeremy NG 6-3 326 FR Screven, Ga.
11 Peavy, Jazz WR 6-0 187 RS FR Kenosha, Wis.
20 Ramesh, Austin RB 6-1 247 RS FR Land O' Lakes, Wis.
11 Reynard, T.J. CB 5-9 175 JR Virginia Beach, Va.
38 Rosowski, P.J. P 6-3 186 FR Stoughton, Wis.
57 Ruechel, Ben ILB 6-2 224 RS SR Oconto, Wis.
17 Rushing, George WR 6-1 190 FR Miramar, Fla.
97 Russell, Jack K 6-0 176 JR Waunakee, Wis.
10 Sanders, Krenwick WR 6-1 193 FR Jesup, Ga.
76 Schmidt, Logan OL 6-4 300 RS SO Gotham, Wis.
58 Schobert, Joe ILB 6-2 240 JR Waukesha, Wis.
49 Schweitzer, Justin OLB 6-1 208 FR Silver Lake, Wis.
14 Senger, Connor QB 5-10 183 RS FR Milwaukee, Wis.
94 Sheehy, Conor DE 6-5 279 FR Milwaukee, Wis.
8 Shelton, Sojourn CB 5-9 178 SO Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
36 Spurling, D.J. FB 5-10 212 RS FR Slinger, Wis.
2 Stave, Joel QB 6-5 220 RS JR Greenfield, Wis.
44 Steffes, Eric TE 6-3 259 RS SO Mount Calvary, Wis.
82 Stengel, Jake WR 6-3 203 RS JR Sheboygan, Wis.
26 Straus, Derek FB 6-0 230 RS JR Waunakee, Wis.
25 Tindal, Derrick CB 5-11 174 FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
46 Traylor, Austin TE 6-3 248 RS JR Columbus, Ohio
59 Trotter, Marcus ILB 6-0 226 RS SR Racine, Wis.
43 Trotter, Michael ILB 6-0 220 RS SR Racine, Wis.
60 Udelhoven, Connor LS 5-11 211 RS SO St. Paul, Minn.
70 Voltz, Dan OL 6-3 311 RS SO Barrington, Ill.
34 Watt, Derek FB 6-2 236 RS JR Pewaukee, Wis.
42 Watt, T.J. TE 6-5 247 RS FR Pewaukee, Wis.
15 Wheelwright, Robert WR 6-2 201 SO Columbus, Ohio
62 Williams, Walker OL 6-7 320 RS SO Tacoma, Wash.
91 Zagzebski, Konrad DE 6-3 277 RS SR Weston, Wis.
Aug. 30 — LSU 28, Wisconsin 24
Sept. 6 — Wisconsin 37, Western Illinois 3
Sept. 20 — Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green 17
Sept. 27 — Wisconsin 27, South Florida 10
Oct. 4 — Northwestern 20, Wisconsin 14
Oct. 11 — Wisconsin 38, Illinois 28
Oct. 25 — Maryland, 11 a.m.
Nov. 1 — at Rutgers, 11 a.m.
Nov. 8 — at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 15 — Nebraska, TBA
Nov. 22 — at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 29 — Minnesota, TBA