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Wisconsin Badgers Hold Off Illinois Behind Gordon’s 4 Touchdowns

This article originally appeared on VAVEL USA.

Melvin Gordon

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Another game for the Wisconsin Badgers, another similar story. The passing game was ineffective, but Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement had big totals running the ball to lead the Badgers to a 38-28 win over Illinois. However, the Illini were stubborn and never let Badgers feel comfortable even as Wisconsin led 38-14 at one point.

The game started with Wisconsin running six straight times and Gordon’s 15 yard touchdown made it 7-0. Wisconsin’s second possession started at their own 1 thanks to a great punt from Justin DuVernois. A three and out led to great field position for the Illini, as they started at Wisconsin’s 31 yard line. Four plays later, Reilly O’Toole found Matt LaCosse wide open in the end zone to tie the game at 7.

Another punt by Wisconsin led to more good field position for Illinois. Darius Mosely returned the kick 11 yards to the Badgers’ 42. Five plays later, O’Toole connected with Geronimo Allison on a 5 yard touchdown and the Badgers suddenly found themselves trailing at 14-7.

A sustained drive by the Badgers led to a tie game. The 10 play, 75 yard drive in 5:11 was topped off by Gordon’s second touchdown of the game, this one from 6 yards out. The Badgers had a chance to take a 17-14 lead, but Rafael Gaglianone‘s 47 yard field goal was just barely left of the goal post.

Illinois subsequent drive was stopped on fourth and two at the Wisconsin 36 yard line. It took all of two plays for the Badgers to score. First, Kenzel Doe ran 34 yards on an end around followed up by Gordon doing the rest from 30 yards out. The Badgers took a 24-14 lead into half time after Gaglianone made a 44 yard field goal with seconds remaining.

The second half got off to a slow start with both defense playing well. Wisconsin’s second drive started at their own 10 yard line, but that changed when Corey Clement ran 51 yards on the first play of the series. A steady dose of Gordon and Clement led to Gordon’s fourth rushing touchdown of the game. This one was from a yard out to make it 31-14.

The first play of the fourth quarter extended Wisconsin’s lead even further. Clement took the hand off and burst through the opening and no one was going to catch him. He ran 72 yards for the score and it was 38-14 just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.

At this point, it appeared to be over, but Aaron Bailey made an appearance at quarterback and he performed well. On his second drive of the fourth quarter, he ran 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-21. The field position was set up by V’Angelo Bentley‘s 30 yard punt return.

After stopping the Badgers on the ensuing drive, the Illini would cut the deficit to 10 points. Bailey’s legs and arm led Illinois 83 yards in 3:02. Donovonn Young pounded the ball in from a yard out to make the score 38-28.

The Illini tried and converted an onside kick to give them the ball back to produce some nervy moments for Badger fans. After getting down to the Wisconsin 37 yard line, Bailey’s pass was overthrown and Peniel Jean picked it off, which allowed the Badgers to run out the clock.

The Illini struggled at times on offense and finished with only 288 total yards. Reilly O’Toole went 12 of 19 for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aaron Bailey went 2 of 5 for 39 yards and a pick. Bailey was the leading rusher for the Illini with 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. Josh Ferguson only had 33 yards on 11 carries in another subpar game for him.

Mike Dudek led the team with 4 catches for 59 yards. Ferguson had 3 catches for 30 yards out of the backfield.

The Badgers struggled passing again. Joel Stave went 7 of 14 for 73 yards and missed some wide open receiver. Tanner McEvoy played one series in the second quarter. He finished 3 of 4 with 24 yards and also ran for 12 yards.

Melvin Gordon finished with 175 yards and 4 touchdowns on 27 carries. Corey Clement played most of the fourth quarter and finished with 164 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. As a team, the Badgers rushed for 401 yards with an average of 8.5 yards a carry.

Sam Arneson was the top target for the Badgers. He had 4 catches for 48 yards. Alex Erickson caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

Illinois (3-4, 0-3) is on a 3 game losing streak and has lost 4 of their last 5 games. They have a bye next week and will face Minnesota (5-1, 2-0) at home on Saturday, October 25.

Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1) will also be on a bye next week. They will welcome Maryland to Madison on October 25.

Wisconsin Struggles To Throw The Ball In Loss To Northwestern

Melvin Gordon

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Melvin Gordon‘s career-high 259 yards rushing were not enough for the Badgers overcome Northwestern on Saturday. Godwin Igwebuike had THREE interceptions in the Wildcats win in a game that featured both Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy at quarterback for Wisconsin.

The Badgers’ first drive started well with Melvin Gordon breaking loose for a 58 yard run to the Northwestern 36 yard line. However, it ended with McEvoy throwing off his back foot to Alex Erickson. Igwebuike was there for his first interception and a touchback to end the drive.

The Badgers defense was stingy in the red zone after a long drive by the Wildcats. Jack Mitchell‘s 22 yard field goal make it 3-0. However, two drives later, Northwestern Trevor Siemian hit Dan Vitale for a 5 yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Wisconsin threw three straight incompletions after that. There would be no scoring for the rest of the half and the Wildcats led 10-0 at the break.

Wisconsin started the second half strong, just as they have all year long. Melvin Gordon broke 61 yard run on the second play to the Northwestern 14 yard line. After Gordon converted a fourth and one at the 5 yard line, he ran in on the next play from 2 yards out to cut the deficit to 10-7.

The Badgers’ reverted to their interception throwing ways on the next drive. Stave’s arm was hit on the throw and it was picked off by Jimmy Hall. The Wildcats capitalized on the next play with Miles Shuler running in from 16 yards out on the reverse to make it 17-7.

Wisconsin had a chance to cut the lead to 7 but Rafael Gaglianone‘s 50 yard field goal was wide left. Northwestern went right down the field but was stopped in the final 5 yards again. Jack Mitchell tacked on his second 22 yard field goal of the game to take a 20-7 lead.

Wisconsin had a great opportunity to close the gap at the Northwestern 3 yard line. Joel Stave dropped back and then scrambled towards the sideline. He pass was thrown right in the path of Igwebuike for an interception in the end zone to end another scoring chance.

Stave found Kenzel Doe on the next drive to make it 20-14 Wildcats. Stave threw his third interception with less than 30 seconds remaining to Igwebuike, which allowed Northwestern to run the clock out.

It was another dreadful passing performance by the Badgers, though the cloudy and rainy weather had a big impact on the passing. Joel Stave went 8 for 19 for 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Tanner McEvoy went 4 of 10 for 24 yards and an interception in a largely ineffective performance.

Melvin Gordon’s 259 yards and 1 touchdown performance went to waste for the Badgers. He did all that on 27 carries for a 9.6 yard-per-carry average.

Alex Erickson caught 4 passes for 45 yards. Kenzel Doe had 4 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in his best game of the season.

The Badgers will need to find consistency in their passing game if they are to threaten in the Big Ten West division. The Badgers have thrown for 50, 289, 112, 160, and 138 yards in their first five games, including Saturday.

Gordon is up to 871 yards on 105 carries this year. His presence alone has made the Badgers far more competitive.

On Northwestern’s side of the ball, Trevor Siemian went 15 of 29 for 182 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jackson ran 33 times for 162 yards in his best performance of the year. Kyle Prater caught 5 balls for 55 yards to lead the Wildcats.

It is hard to ignore the Wildcats’ improved performances over the last two weeks. They defeated Penn State 29-6 in a dominant effort and have certainly put themselves in position to make a bowl game after finishing 5-7 in 2013.

Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1) returns home next week and will take on Illinois (3-3, 0-2). Northwestern (3-2, 2-0) goes on the road to face Minnesota (4-1, 1-0) who had a bye this week.