The Wisconsin Badgers knew they had to establish their running game against a tough BYU Cougars defense, who before Saturday’s game allowed an average of 145 rushing yards per game. James White rushed above that average himself , running for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Badgers 27-17 victory over BYU.
This was White’s coming out game as he has been overshadowed by the impressive season Melvin Gordon has had. White came into the game rushing for 9 touchdowns and 804 yards, which would be tops on any other team not named Wisconsin.
It was the sixth time White has rushed for at least 100 yards and eighth game, sixth in a row, that he has rushed for a touchdown. White’s six receptions are also a career for him as well.
Against BYU it was Gordon, who had 86 yards on the ground, that was being overshadowed by the talented White. Not only did White do damage on the ground, but in the passing game as well. White hauled in 6 catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig used White in a number of different looks and BYU’s defense just could not get a handle on him.
White’s 6 catches were a career high, besting his previous mark of four catches which he did three times before.
After Saturday’s game White now has 951 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on the season, nipping on the heels of Gordon as the Badgers leading rusher.
Looking ahead the Badgers, who improve to 7-2, will stay at home as they will host the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday, November 16. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN or ESPN2.