Gordon sets college football record in Wisconsin's blowout win
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 8:09 PM CDT | Updated: Dec 13, 2014 8:09 PM CDT
Melvin Gordon set an all-time FBS record with 408 rushing yards, tallying four rushing scores in a 59-24 blowout of 16th ranked Nebraska Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Gordon broke the all-time record of 406 yards set by TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999 against UTEP. The Badgers trailed 17-3 after a quarter, but Gordon broke free for a 62 yard touchdown run to spark a rally and what would become a record-setting day.
Gordon rushed for touchdowns of 1, 6, and 26 yards in the third quarter alone. He gained more rushing yards in the game than Wake Forest's entire team has gained this entire season.
Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) takes over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West with the win. Minnesota's loss to Ohio State earlier Saturday helped vault the Badgers into the top spot in the division. The Big Ten Championship Game is Saturday, December 6th in Indianapolis.
The Badgers scored 56 unanswered points after Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. found the end zone early in the second quarter to give the Cornhuskers a 17-3 lead.
Gordon also broke Wisconsin's record for rushing yards in a quarter, rolling for 189 in the second period. Gordon now has 1,909 rushing yards this season, the fourth best single-season total in school history, with two regular season games left to play. The Badgers are at Iowa next Saturday, and then host the Minnesota Golden Gophers on November 29th.