MADISON, Wis. — Nebraska attempted a best to obey Melvin Gordon’s speed in practice.
But no Cornhusker can run utterly like a male himself, and Nebraska found that out a tough approach on Saturday.
Gordon rushed for a vital college-record 408 yards and 4 touchdowns, and No. 22 Wisconsin scored 56 unanswered points in a 59-24 subjection of a 11th-ranked Cornhuskers.
“Just a speed of Melvin Gordon is unfit to simulate. That would be anybody on a team,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis said.
Coach Bo Pelini epitomised a night succinctly after Nebraska blew an early 17-3 lead.
“Somewhere along a approach a guys totally mislaid their confidence. Our rebellious was atrocious. We had some missed assignments,” he said.
That competence be an understatement.
Gordon eclipsed a single-game symbol hold given 1999 by TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson by dual yards, environment a new customary on a 26-yard touchdown run on a final play of a third entertain and his final lift of a game.
“Yeah, we didn’t even know we was tighten to a record,” Gordon said. “I was kind of usually using away.”
Outdueling Ameer Abdullah in a matchup of star using backs, Gordon had dual fumbles before assisting a Badgers (8-2, 5-1, CFP No. 20) bark past a Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2, CFP No. 16). The star youth torched what had been a fixed Nebraska invulnerability on 25 carries and delivered an fatiguing matter in a Heisman Trophy race.
The win, joined with Minnesota’s 31-24 detriment progressing Saturday to Ohio State, gave a Badgers’ solitary possession of initial place in a West.
The diversion had been billed in partial as a footrace between Gordon and Abdullah for Heisman votes. It finished adult being Gordon by a landslide.
Abdullah finished with 69 yards on 18 attempts, and mislaid a fail in a third quarter. Pelini pronounced Abdullah, who was returning from a left knee injury, wasn’t 100 percent though played well.
“There’s a reason given people speak about him so much, given he is good during what he does,” Wisconsin linebacker Marcus Trotter pronounced about Abdullah. “But we knew that if we usually stayed in a gaps and did a intrigue that (defensive coordinator Dave Aranda) told us to do, we would be excellent opposite him.”
The Cornhuskers could usually wish they were that successful opposite Gordon. The junior’s many interesting lift competence have been a 62-yarder down a sideline, finished after hurdling over lunging reserve Corey Cooper around a 35 to get into a clear.
Gordon never played a down in a fourth entertain with his group heading by 5 scores. About a many movement he got was when he danced on a margin in a sleet with his teammates while a strain “Jump Around” echoed by a stadium, a Wisconsin tradition before a fourth quarter.
The single-game rushing record had stood given Nov. 20, 1999, when Tomlinson had 406 for TCU opposite UTEP.
Gordon thanked his coaches for adhering with him after his dual fumbles.
“It’s a oppulance that I’ve never had before as a coach,” pronounced Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen. “To see a opening like that was amazing.”
It was tough to trust that Nebraska indeed led 17-3 with 14:12 left in a second entertain on quarterback Tommy Armstrong’s 5-yard touchdown run. The Cornhuskers’ early scores came on brief fields given of Wisconsin turnovers.
Nebraska fell detached from there. Gordon powered a offense, while a Wisconsin invulnerability practical uninterrupted pressure.
Wisconsin finally surged forward 24-17 on Saturday night on Joel Stave’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Sam Arneson with 3:31 left a second quarter.
The rushing conflict afterwards left a Cornhuskers in a dust. It was 52-17 by a start of a fourth, with backups littering both lineups a rest of a way.
Armstrong finished with 17 yards on 20 carries, though was usually 6-of-18 flitting for 62 yards with an interception. He connected with Kenny Bell for a 12-yard touchdown pass early in a initial quarter.
But what had been a earnest start for Nebraska incited into an annoying detriment in a snow.
“Melvin Gordon is a helluva back,” Pelini said. “But we played a large partial in that, too.”
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