The Wisconsin Badgers ground game was an unstoppable force in their 51-3 victory over Indiana on Saturday, amassing an incredible 554 rushing yards. That is not a typo. Three individual backs went over 100 yards in the game, and a wide receiver came close to becoming the fourth Badger to cross the century mark.
Indiana has not won against Wisconsin since 2003, and appears nowhere near close to accomplishing the feat. Wisconsin’s running backs found daylight on nearly every carry of the game, it was almost like watching a practice.
Senior running back James White led the way for the Wisconsin offense, gaining 205 yards on just 20 carries. His 93 yard touchdown run early on showed off some breakaway speed on a play that was nearly perfectly blocked by the offensive line.
But as we have seen all season in Wisconsin, the Badgers aren’t known to use White as a feature back. Melvin Gordon saw a large amount of carries while Indiana was still somewhat in the game. His day was almost as impressive as White’s, gaining 146 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
With the game out of reach in the second half, both of the Wisconsin star running backs were used sparingly as the third stringer was given his chance to shine. Talk about seizing the moment. Corey Clement rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the second half alone.
Oh, and that Wisconsin wide receiver mentioned earlier on, Jared Abbrederis was given the rock three times on end arounds. On those carries he was able to score twice and gain a ridiculous 86 yards.
Indiana’s offense was as hapless as their defense against Wisconsin. Despite being a pass-heavy offense, Indiana only threw for 99 yards on the day. To put that in perspective, Wisconsin had 122 yards through the air on top of their insane rushing production.
Football may be a passing game in today’s world, but the Wisconsin Badgers continue to show that you can still win ballgames by running the rock down an opponent’s throat.