September 29, 2016
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Corey Clement, right, of Wisconsin celebrates his touchdown against Michigan State with teammates, from left, Brett Connors, Michael Deiter, Olive Sagapolu (65) and Beau Benzschawel during the third quarter in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday. Wisconsin won 30-6. ( AP PHOTO )

Badgers leave Spartans smartin’


EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook’s first start was over, there wasn’t much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.

Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown, and 11th-ranked Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans 30-6 on Saturday.

“You’ve got to have respect for a guy whose first start is against a Michigan State defense,” Wisconsin running back Corey Clement said.

Badgers, Spartans in early Big Ten showdown


EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State-Wisconsin rivalry was just getting good when the matchup disappeared from the Big Ten schedule for a bit.

In 2011, the Spartans beat the Badgers on a Hail Mary, but Wisconsin won a thrilling rematch in the Big Ten championship game. Michigan State beat the Badgers in overtime in 2012, but the teams haven’t faced each other since.

Melvin Gordon’s mom suits up for son


It was never about the jersey.

That, Carmen Gordon said Friday, she wanted to make clear.

Wisconsin averts disaster


MADISON — This is not the right time for No. 9 Wisconsin to have questions at quarterback, not with Big Ten play starting next Saturday.

But backup Alex Hornibrook may have put himself back into a competition with starter Bart Houston behind center after sparking the Badgers’ sluggish offense on Saturday.

Badgers look to fine-tune vs. Georgia St.


MADISON — Wisconsin would like to develop some passing options to complement its running game.

With Big Ten play looming, the ninth-ranked Badgers’ matchup Saturday against Georgia State at Camp Randall Stadium serves as the final nonconference tuneup for first-year starting quarterback Bart Houston and a receiving corps looking to provide balance on offense.

Badgers all ‘Jazz-ed’ up


MADISON (AP) — Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy finally broke into the scoring column for the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.

Peavy, a redshirt junior wide receiver, scored the first two touchdowns of his Badgers career to help No. 10 Wisconsin rout Akron, 54-10, at Camp Randall Stadium.

Badgers aim to keep momentum vs. Akron


MADISON — For an encore to the upset victory over LSU, No. 10 Wisconsin will host Akron this afternoon.

This matchup doesn’t have quite the same zip as a showdown against an SEC power. But the Badgers have vowed to stay focused, and to build on their big win with Big Ten play looming in a few weeks.

Lambeau leap for Badgers


GREEN BAY — Rafael Gaglianone booted the 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin’s defense backed up their strong-legged kicker with a late-game interception.

Then LSU offensive lineman Josh Boutte delivered a devastating hit.

A meeting in Minny


And the answer is ... Melvin Gordon.

The Bradford graduate will go down in history as the first player ever to score a touchdown in U.S. Bank Stadium, which debuted Sunday with a preseason game in which the host Minnesota Vikings defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-10 in Minneapolis.

Gordon, Waynes meet in Vikings’ new stadium


Bradford products Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes will meet again Sunday in an NFL game — only this time it doesn’t count.

Gordon’s San Diego Chargers visit Waynes’ Minnesota Vikings in a preseason game at noon on Fox in Minneapolis.

Gordon welcomes former UW teammate Watt to Chargers


SAN DIEGO — J.J. Watt and Melvin Gordon had the same message to Derek Watt: Welcome to the NFL, bro.

The San Diego Chargers used a sixth-round pick to select Derek Watt, the Wisconsin fullback who is J.J.’s younger brother and Gordon’s former blocker with the Badgers.

Gordon vows to stay determined in search of NFL success


The National Football League can expect to see a motivated Melvin Gordon in 2016.

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