LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Before the season, only the most optimistic Minnesota fans would have thought their Gophers would have something more tangible than Paul Bunyan’s Axe at stake when it was time to play Wisconsin.
How about a trip to the Big Ten championship game?
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Melvin Gordon’s single-game rushing record barely lasted a week.
His Heisman Trophy hopes — and Wisconsin’s Big Ten title chances — are stronger than ever after another brilliant performance from the nation’s top running back.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Melvin Gordon’s record-setting effort against Nebraska pushed Wisconsin one step closer to another Big Ten title.
A repeat performance could send the 14th-ranked Badgers back to Indianapolis for the championship game— and Gordon to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
MADISON — Instead of relaxing in a hot tub a couple days after setting a rushing record, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon was doing another round of interviews.
Getting out of the routine was understandable after a 408-yard day on the ground against Nebraska vaulted Gordon near the top of the Heisman Trophy race.
MADISON (AP) — Melvin Gordon weighed going pro before returning to Wisconsin for his junior season a quicker, faster and stronger running back.
Perhaps just as important for Gordon’s high NFL hopes is the ability he has shown this year to bounce back from adversity and shine in an ever-brighter spotlight.
Melvin Gordon torched Nebraska and then was the talk of the Twitterverse.
After the Bradford graduate broke the Football Bowl Subdivision single-game rushing record with 408 yards in the University of Wisconsin’s 59-24 victory over the Cornhuskers on Saturday, Gordon quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.
MADISON — If there was not already a spot in New York for Wisconsin senior running back Melvin Gordon at the December Heisman Trophy ceremony, there most certainly will be now.
Gordon rushed for a Football Bowl Subdivision-record 408 yards on 25 carries and No. 20 Wisconsin overcame an early deficit to rout No. 16 Nebraska 59-24 on Saturday before 80,539 fans at Camp Randall Stadium.
The newly formed Freedom Trophy is up for grabs when No. 11 Nebraska and No. 22 Wisconsin clash today. More importantly, two of the top teams from the Big Ten Conference West Division are battling and two of the top running backs in the country face off.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon have enjoyed the spotlight leading up to the game, texting back and forth.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For one half Saturday, Joel Stave looked like the quarterback who nearly led Wisconsin to last year’s Big Ten title game.
Running back Melvin Gordon savored the moment.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Even at full health, Purdue’s defense would have a difficult time containing No. 25 Wisconsin’s power rushing game.
At 333.4 yards a game, the Badgers (6-2, 3-1) lead the Big Ten and rank second nationally. Furthermore, in it’s three most recent meetings with the Boilermakers (3-6, 1-4), Wisconsin has averaged 406.3 rushing yards.
A Week 10 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: The Heisman Trophy contender and Maxwell Award semifinalist rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s 37-0 victory over Rutgers in Pitscataway, N.J. ... Gordon now has 1,296 yards on 173 carries (7.5 yards per) with 18 touchdowns. ... With 3,626 career rushing yards is sixth on the Badgers’ all-time list. ... Wears No. 25. ... Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) travels to West LaFayette, Ind., Saturday for a date with Purdue (3-6, 1-4) at 11 a.m. (ESPNU).
For the second consecutive season Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year.
The Bradford graduate has rushed for 1,296 yards this season. A redshirt junior, Gordon ranks second in the country with 162.0 rushing yards per game and is tied for second nationally with 19 touchdowns.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In an era where college football seemingly is dominated by high-scoring spread offenses, Wisconsin is doing it the old-fashioned way — with the running game and a dominant defense.
Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Corey Clement scampered for 131 yards and two more scores and Wisconsin limited Rutgers to a season-low 139 yards in a 37-0 victory Saturday that made the Badgers bowl eligible for the 13th consecutive season.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers could not stop the run on the road in getting a taste of Big Ten Conference reality against No. 13 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska. Things may only get worse at home with Wisconsin on tap.
Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1) will bring the nation’s second-leading rusher, Melvin Gordon, to High Point Solutions Stadium today when it faces Rutgers (5-3, 1-3).
A Week 9 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 42nd consecutive game on Minnesota’s offensive line in the 28-24 loss to Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. ... The Gophers rushed for 171 yards and three TDs, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the upset after entering the game ranked No. 24 in the coaches poll. ... Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) has off this week, returning to the field Nov. 8 to host Iowa (5-2, 2-1) for an 11 a.m. kick (ESPN2/ESPNU).
Bradford product Trae Waynes had his status as one of college football’s elite defensive back’s fortified on Monday.
The Michigan State cornerback was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
MADISON (AP) — With his team leading comfortably in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon got a kick out of seeing a score on the video board.
It wasn’t the Badgers’ score that had him pumped, either.
MADISON — Six-foot-3 nose guard Warren Herring stood tall at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Marcus Trotter could not stop smiling after the game.
Whole again with their two senior starters back from injuries, Wisconsin’s defense put together a dominating performance on homecoming weekend at Camp Randall Stadium.
MADISON — Maryland’s next game after rallying from 14 points down to beat Iowa? A date with the nation’s top rusher on his home turf.
Welcome to the Big Ten, Terrapins.
A Week 8 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 41st consecutive game on Minnesota’s offensive line in the come-from-behind 39-38 victory over Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. ... The Gophers rushed for 285 yards and three TDs as Minnesota rallied from a 31-20 halftime deficit ... Epping said, “To be honest, that’s probably the best game I’ve ever played in.” … Wears No. 52. ... No. 24 (Coaches) Minnesota (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) plays Illinois (3-4, 1-2) in Champaign, Ill., for an 11 a.m. kick on Saturday (ESPNU).
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.
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 — Wisconsin 52, Maryland 7
Nov. 1 — Wisconsin 37, Rutgers 0
Nov. 8 — Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16
Nov. 15 — Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24
Nov. 22 — Wisconsin 26, Iowa 24
Nov. 29 — Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)