Game Recap: Badgers Rain Down on Rutgers

With wet and windy conditions, Wisconsin stuck to its power running game and reaped the benefits. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement each ran for two touchdowns while the defense held Rutgers' offense to only 139 total yards, resulting in a 37-0 blasting of the Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Wisconsin ripped the welcome mat out from underneath its second straight Big Ten newbie by again dominating all three phases in a 37-0 victory over Rutgers at rainy High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday.

The announced 52,797 – approximately half of whom never made it into the stadium – witnessed the Badgers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) outperform their opponent in all three phases to win their third straight game.

Wisconsin outgained Rutgers (5-4, 1-4) 385-139, which included rushing for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Melvin Gordon and sophomore Corey Clement each accounted for two of those scores, as Gordon finished with 128 and Clement averaged 9.4 yards (131 yards) on his 14 carries.

Despite being injured in last week’s blowout loss to Nebraska, senior quarterback Gary Nova started under center and was largely ineffective. Unable to crisply move in the pocket combined with a little protection from his offensive line, Nova was only able to lead the offense to 62 yards on 33 plays (1.9 yards per play).

The game was scoreless until late in the first quarter when junior defensive back A.J. Jordan broke through the Rutgers punt unit and blocked Wisconsin’s first kick of the season. That gave the ball to the Badgers on the Scarlet Knights 20-yard line.

Gordon scored three plays later and the Badgers never looked back.

Wisconsin is bowl eligible for the 13th straight year, extending its program record and the longest current streak in the Big Ten.

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Audio: Inside the Locker Room

Recap: Badgers use another conference newbie to make a big statement

Analysis: what went right

Perfect homecoming for Glassboro-native Clement

Notes: UW special teams steps up again and Badgers avoid serious injury to Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Rutgers (5-2, 1-3 Big Ten)

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

3 plays, 20 yards, 1:27 TOP, 2:52 left

Melvin Gordon 13-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Wisconsin's offense had generated only 11 yards on its first three drives, but got a big boost with A.J. Jordan came unblocked through the line to block Rutgers' punt attempt with his left hand.

Second Quarter

14-0 Wisconsin

2 plays, 52 yards, :44 TOP, 9:36 left

Corey Clement 43-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: The New Jersey native made his second play count, breaking two tackles at the line of scrimmage and unleashing a nasty stiff arm on cornerback Gareef Glashen at the 15 to clear the rest of the run.

17-0 Wisconsin

10 plays, 18 yards, 4:40 TOP, 3:14 left

FG Rafael Gaglianone 32

Key Play: With pressure closing in on third-and-long, Joel Stave stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to Troy Fumagalli for 18 yards and a first down to the Rutgers 7.

17-0 Wisconsin

10 plays, 18 yards, 4:40 TOP, 3:14 left

FG Rafael Gaglianone 32

Key Play: On fourth-and-1 from the Rutgers 14, Wisconsin successfully gambled with a five-yard carry by Corey Clement.

20-0 Wisconsin

9 plays, 34 yards, 2:44 TOP, :06 left

FG Rafael Gaglianone 27

Key Play: On fourth-and-1 from the Rutgers 14, Wisconsin successfully gambled with a five-yard carry by Corey Clement.

Second Half

Third Quarter

27-0 Wisconsin

1 play, 51 yards, :11 TOP, 13:11 left

Melvin Gordon 51-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: A cutback to the right of the line and a little top-end speed was all Gordon needed against a disinterested Rutgers team.

30-0 Wisconsin

9 plays, 44 yards, 4:31 TOP, 6:28 left

FG Rafael Gaglianone 46

Key Play: On the Wisconsin 30, Jordan Fredrick delivered an outstanding block on the Rutgers cornerback to spring George Rushing for 24 yards into Scarlet Knights territory.

Fourth Quarter

37-0 Wisconsin

7 plays, 62 yards, 3:29 TOP, 12:56 left

Corey Clement 36-yard run(Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Clement's huge hole through the right side of the offensive line gave him 106 yards on 10 carries; impressive day for the New Jersey native.

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