It’s a tough pill to swallow the way the Wisconsin Badgers let a 17-point lead evaporate and lost to the LSU Tigers 28-24 Saturday night in Houston, TX. What may be the most bizarre turn of events is the way Melvin Gordon, who dominated LSU in the first half, barely saw the field in the second half. More bizarre than that is Badgers head coach Gary Andersen had zero explanations in his postgame press conference as to why Gordon was left on the sidelines when it seemed the team need him the most.
I get that most times these postgame pressers can be somewhat unfulfilling when it comes to getting answers you so desperately seek. But when it concerns your team’s best player and one of the best in the country, you better have an answer or two as to why said player was stuck on the sidelines.
Andersen provided nothing.
Andersen said Gordon wasn’t hurt. Just didn’t use him. Didn’t explain why. So odd. #Badgers
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 31, 2014
Some speculated that maybe Gordon was hurt. That was not the case as both him and coach Andersen said the Heisman Trophy hopeful was fine.
Melvin Gordon didn’t elaborate on any injury questions. Kept saying he was fine and that nothing happened at halftime. Very odd postgame — Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 31, 2014
Now I’m not inside the locker room and I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Maybe the game plan was to get Corey Clement more involved in the game in the second half. But with the game starting to slip away and no resemblance of a passing game, you have to stray from the game plan and put the best guy in the game back on the field.
According to Clement and Gordon, no injury to Gordon in the second half. Regarding Gordon’s lack of carries, “Coach’s choice” -Clement
— DailyCardinal Sports (@Cardinal_Sports) August 31, 2014
Gordon is a game changer. He proved that last season. He proved that in the first half of this game by running for 85 yards and a touchdown in the first half, not to mention reeling of a 63 yard run on the first play of the third quarter. But after that, Gordon sightings on the field were very scarce. Whether we get a true explanation as to why, that remains to be seen. I don’t envision it happening, but we will see. Hopefully the coaching staff learns from this and realizes that having Gordon on the field gives this team the best chance of winning a football game.