Everyone in the country knows how well the Wisconsin Badgers run the ball. That is everyone except the Indiana Hoosiers defense as the Badgers were able to run at will, defeating the Hoosiers 51-3 on a dreary day at Camp Randall.
You knew it was going to be a long day for the Hoosiers when, after an interception by Wisconsin cornerback Sonjourn Shelton, James White broke off a 93-yard touchdown on the very next play. White had a career day, rushing for 205 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.
Melvin Gordon also kept his tremendous season going, rushing for one touchdown as well and gaining 146 yards on 13 carries. Freshman running back Corey Clement also joined his running mates with 108 yards on 11 attempts, and besting them with two scores on the afternoon. At halftime White already had 176 yards on the ground and Gordon added 120, both getting into the endzone in the first half.
Joining in on the rushing fun was wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who only had three rushes but scored on two of them and totaling 86 yards on the ground.
Wisconsin gained 554 yards of their 676 total yards on the ground, well ahead of Indiana’s 224 total yard output. In fact at the midway point of the game, the Badgers total rushing yards were 323 compared to the Hoosiers’ 84 yards of TOTAL offense. The Badgers had a very comfortable 27-0 lead at the half.
To borrow part of a quote from Hulk Hogan, “Whatchya gonna do when the Badgers run wild on you?!” Well, Indiana’s answer to that was nothing as Wisconsin put forth the second-best rushing effort in a game in team history behind last year’s team that racked up 564 yards on the ground. Who was the unlucky opponent that gave up that many yards to the Badgers that day? You guessed it, the Hoosiers of Indiana.