Wisconsin 'runs' all over Indiana, 51-3

Wisconsin always sees red when Indiana comes to town. Saturday, the Badgers ran for 554 yards and six touchdowns in a convincing 51-3 victory over the Hoosiers.

There's something about the Wisconsin Badgers football team that brings out the worst in Indiana.

It happened against Saturday afternoon in Madison.

Wisconsin piled up 554 yards rushing alone and had three running backs gain more than 100 yards on the ground in an easy 51-3 win over the Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium.

Indiana (4-6) now must win its final two games to become bowl eligible. The odds of that are miniscule especially considering IU travels to Ohio State next week before closing the year at home against Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game.

Wisconsin has now won nine in a row against the Hoosiers and truly manhandled Indiana in those games. In the last four games alone, the Badgers have outscored IU 255-44. That means Wisconsin has averaged 63.8 points per game over the last four games.

And the rushing numbers have been staggering. Wisconsin ran for 554 yards Saturday which was 10 yards less than the Badgers had against IU a year ago. That's 1,118 yards rushing against Indiana in two seasons. Since 2006, Wisconsin's lowest rushing output against IU was 206 yards.

This one was over quickly. Indiana moved the ball well on its first few offensive plays before Nate Sudfeld threw an interception on a deep ball into the wind on IU's fifth offensive play.

On Wisconsin's first play from scrimmage, James White went through the middle of the line for 93 yards and a touchdown to make it 7-0 with 13:54 to play in the first quarter.

When IU got it back, on the first play Sudfeld handed it off to Stephen Houston who acted like he didn't know the ball was coming to him. He fumbled and Wisconsin recovered at the Indiana 13. Three plays later, the Badgers Melvin Gordon scored on a 1 yard run and it was 14-0 at the 12:01 mark.

Another fumble on the next IU possession didn't result in a turnover but rather a 16-yard loss by Sudfeld when he couldn't handle the snap from center Wes Rogers. IU punted and Wisconsin ultimately kicked a field goal to make it 17-0.

The Badgers led 27-0 at the end of the first half and built the lead up to 30-0 before IU finally had a offensive drive.

A 38-yard pass from Sudfeld to Kofi Hughes got the Hoosiers deep into Wisconsin territory and eventually the Hoosiers had a first-and-goal at the 1. Stephen Houston was stopped for no gain and then the same was true for D'Angelo Roberts.

The Hoosiers put Tre Roberson in the game at quarterback and he didn't get the play off in time resulting in a delay of game penalty. An incomplete pass on third down led to Mitch Ewald coming on for a 23-yard field goal. Ewald has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season.

Wisconsin scored the game's final 21 points to win going away. White had 206 yards on 20 carries to lead the Badgers and didn't play much in the fourth quarter.

Follow Terry Hutchens at Twitter.com/Foxsportshutch


Peegs.com Top Stories