Game Recap: Leaving Treadmarks

Wisconsin's running game, Melvin Gordon specifically, finally put on a clinic. Wisconsin ran for a school-record-tying eight touchdowns (a school-record-tying five coming from Gordon), registered a school record in total yards and a Big Ten modern era in rushing yards to obliterate Bowling Green 68-17 at Camp Randall Stadium.

MADISON - It was evident that enough was enough for Melvin Gordon.

After two frustrating games to start the year, the junior tailback broke out in a big way with a career-high 253 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns, taking out his frustrations on Bowling Green in a 68-17 blowout in front of 79,849 fans at Camp Randall Stadium.

Doing his damage on only 13 carries, Gordon, who became the sixth Badgers to score five touchdowns in a game - finished with 19.5 yards per carry, breaking a 40-year-old school record by a whopping 4.6 yds.

Gordon wasn’t the only one who could run the ball effectively against a leaky Bowling Green (2-2). Junior quarterback Tanner McEvoy rushed for a career-high 158 yards, the most by a quarterback in school history, and sophomore Corey Clement finished with 111 and two scores, most of which came after Gordon’s day was done. The Badgers had three 100-yard rushers for the sixth time in school history and the fifth time in the last 18 games.

Despite committing three turnovers, Wisconsin (2-1) finished with a school-record 756 yards of offense and a Big Ten modern era (1946-) record of 644 rushing yards, eclipsing the previous school record of 564 yards set against Indiana in 2012. Wisconsin also tied the school record with eight rushing touchdowns.

After registering 571 yards and 45 points in a win over Indiana last week, its first over a Big Ten team since 2007, Bowling Green (2-2) had no luck against Wisconsin’s defense, finishing with a season-low 271 yards and went 2-for-16 on third downs.

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Recap: Melvin Gordon and Wisconsin's offense roll up big numbers in blowout

Second-quarter interception turns the momentum for good

Notes: Doe and McEvoy show promise but have work to do

No.19 Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green17

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

2 plays, 24 yards, :12 TOP, 13:49 left

Tanner McEvoy 24-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: After muffing a punt in the home opener, there was talk whether Kenzel Doe would retain his starting punt return job. Doe answered those critics on his first opportunity, catching a 37-yard punt cleaning, finding a seam up the middle and breaking some tackles for a 38-yard return down to the Bowling Green 24.


7-7

1 play, 35 yards, :08 TOP, 11:33 left

Fred Coppet 34-yard run (Tate kick)

Key Play: After muffing a punt in the home opener, there was talk whether Kenzel Doe would retain his starting punt return job. Doe answered those critics on his first opportunity, catching a 37-yard punt cleaning, finding a seam up the middle and breaking some tackles for a 38-yard return down to the Bowling Green 24.


14-7 Wisconsin

11 plays, 70 yards, 4:59 TOP, 6:28 left

Melvin Gordon 2-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: McEvoy made the best of what could have been a bad situation. Appearing to run the wrong way on the option, McEvoy, after looking behind him to see no tailback, tucked the ball and rushed his way to the Bowling Green 23.


14-10 Wisconsin

9 plays, 52 yards, 2:06 TOP, 1:01 left

FG Tyler Tate 28

Key Play: Sneaking behind Michael Caputo on a go route, Roger Lewis made a beautiful catch along the UW sideline, keeping his left foot barely in bounds for a 34-yard gain down to the 15


Second Quarter

21-10 Wisconsin

1 play, 34 yards, :08 TOP, 14:27 left

Sam Arneson 34-yard pass from McEvoy (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: The Badgers have two quick hit scoring drives, both compliments of Kenzel Doe. Taking a line drive punt, Doe sprung the return to the outside for 40 yards. The senior has 106 return yards.


27-10 Wisconsin

3 plays, 57 yards, :58 TOP, 11:18 left

Melvin Gordon 50-yard run (Gaglianone kick failed)

Key Play: Wisconsin's defense was getting gashed by the Falcons' passing game that the Badgers were in danger of getting up their first touchdown in the red zone this season. That changed quickly when Derek Landisch tipped a pass at the 5-yard line and landed in the arms of freshman Lubern Figaro in the end zone. Figaro returned the ball 43 yards to get UW out of harm's way.


34-10 Wisconsin

11 plays, 57 yards, 4:41 TOP, 5:18 left

Melvin Gordon 3-yard run (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Vince Biegel continues to make play in the Wisconsin's defense, stripping quarterback James Knapke of the football to allow defensive end Alec James to recover at the UW 43-yard line.


41-10 Wisconsin

6 plays, 68 yards, 1:26 TOP, :18 left

Melvin Gordon 21-yard run (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Sam Arneson showed his vertical leaping ability down the middle of the field, rising up to catch a high pass from McEvoy for 20 yards down to the Bowling Green 41.


Second Half

Third Quarter

48-10 Wisconsin

2 plays, 75 yards, :46 TOP, 14:14 left

Melvin Gordon 69-yard run (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Gordon made it look very easy, breaking to the outside and out running the defense along the sideline on his way to the end zone.


55-10 Wisconsin

4 plays, 87 yards, 2:01 TOP, 10:28 left

Corey Clement 13-yard run (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Tanner McEvoy put himself over 100 yards with a 62-yard sprint down the sideline, setting up another quick-strike drive for the Wisconsin offense..


62-10 Wisconsin

6 plays, 61 yards, 3:19 TOP, 4:40 left

Corey Clement 1-yard run (Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Tanner McEvoy hasn't had the best passing day, but completed a nice pass over the middle to Troy Fumagalli for 22 yards down to the BGSU 2.


Fourth Quarter

65-10 Wisconsin

10 plays, 63 yards, 5:05 TOP, 12:54 left

FG Gaglianone 28

Key Play: Wisconsin simply kept the ball on the ground, content to grind out the clock.


65-17 Wisconsin

4 plays, 75 yards, 1:17 TOP, 11:37 left

Andre Givens 60-yard run (Tate kick)

Key Play: Catching the Wisconsin defense sleeping, Givens was able to bounce the run to the outside and out run a Badgers defense playing a handful of backups.


68-17 Wisconsin

6 plays, 23 yards, 3:09 TOP, 3:30 left

FG Gaglianone 43

Key Play: Catching the Wisconsin defense sleeping, Givens was able to bounce the run to the outside and out run a Badgers defense playing a handful of backups.


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