MADISON - It’s was going to take more than a little rain and wind to help Indiana shut down the potent Wisconsin rushing offense.
Going against the 120th-ranked defense in the country and the 108th-rushing defense, James White, Melvin Gordon and even Jared Abbrederis feasted on the Hoosiers’ run defense, as the Badgers piled up 554 yards on the ground in a 51-3 blasting of Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) set the tone in the first three minutes, as the Badgers defense forced a pair of turnovers that quickly led to two rushing touchdowns for Wisconsin, including an 93-yard scamper by White of the first offensive play.
White finished with 205 yards and one score, his third straight game rushing for over 100 yards, and Gordon added 146 and a score. Abbrederis didn’t have a catch, but the senior scored his first two rushing touchdowns of his career, both on end arounds, helping the Badgers total 676 yards of total offense.
Corey Clement even added a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter. During Wisconsin’s nine-game win streak over the Hoosiers, 14 players have combined for 41 rushing touchdowns during UW's nine-game winning streak over Indiana.
But as good as the running game was, the Badgers defense was even better.
Indiana (4-6, 2-4) came in averaging 527.1 yards per game and 43.1 points per game, but the Badgers held Indiana to season lows in every offensive category, including breaking the Hoosiers string of scoring at least 28 points in 10 straight games.
Even when Indiana did manage to put points on the board, the Hoosiers walked away frustrated, as UW denied the Hoosiers on four tries inside the Badgers’ 6-yard line.
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No.17 Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3
1 play, 93 yards, :14 TOP, 13:53 left
James White 93-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: It's be easy to say White's touchdown run, as he went untouched through a large seam on the right side of the offensive line, but the Badgers' defense has already made an impact on IU's high-powered offense. Sojourn Shelton's leaping interception gave the ball back to the offense.
3 plays, 14 yards, 1:29 TOP, 12:01 left
Melvin Gordon 1-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Two series equals two turnovers for Indiana, as Stephen Houston - IU's backup tailback - fumbled in the backfield without being touched, allowing Brendan Kelly to pounce on the ball at the IU 14.
6 plays, 44 yards, 3:42 TOP, 6:25 left
FG Jack Russell 31
Key Play: The running game has been the star of the show, but Joel Stave showed off a perfect pass through the air in ugly conditions, hitting Jacob Pedersen on a 28-yard pass along the sideline to get UW down to the 21.
6 plays, 52 yards, 2:56 TOP, 1:59 left
FG Jack Russell 36
Key Play: With the weather getting progressively worse, the Badgers are keeping the ball on the ground against the 120th-ranked defense in the country. On the Wisconsin 36, Melvin Gordon found enough room for 44 yards down to the Indiana 20.
9 plays, 93 yards, 4:20 TOP, 5:28 left
Jared Abbrederis 32-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Delivering the fourth play of at least 30 yards, Abbrederis delivered his first career rushing touchdown with he took the wide receiver jet sweep 32 yards for the score, another run where a UW ball carrier was barely touched.
6 plays, 67 yards, 2:30 TOP, 12:30 left
FG Jack Russell 26
Key Play: Wisconsin had run for over 320 yards in the first half, so naturally the Badgers went play-action on their first drive. Stave rolled out to his right and hit a wide-open Jacob Pedersen for a 61-yard gain down the Indiana 2.
14 plays, 70 yards, 4:47 TOP, 7:35 left
FG Mitch Ewald 26
Key Play: Indiana was primed to finally find the end zone, but the Wisconsin's defense was stout on four plays inside the 6-yard line, including stopping two plays at the one.
2 plays, 64 yards, :49 TOP, :10 left
Jared Abbrederis 49-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Just like his first touchdown, Abbrederis got outstanding blocking from his teammates, clearing the way for another easy rushing touchdown for the Badgers.
6 plays, 63 yards, 2:44 TOP, 11:33 left
Corey Clement 19-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: After a couple pass completions to little-used receivers Jeff Duckworth, Brock DeCicco and Alex Erickson, Wisconsin went back to the ground against a putrid Indiana defense, as Clement broke a couple weak tackles on his way into the end zone.
9 plays, 83 yards, 2:09 TOP, 2:09 left
Corey Clement 21-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Clement's scamper around the right tackle gives the Badgers three tailbacks over 100 yards in the game.
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