September 19, 2014

After slow start, Badgers roll past UMASS

The University of Wisconsin, after a sluggish first half, rolled to a 45-0 season opening win over the University of Massachusetts Minutemen at

Joel Stave

Joel Stave

Camp Randall.

The Badgers had three running backs go over 100 yards rushing.  Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon (13 carries, 144 yards and 1 TD), senior James White (11 rushes for 143 yds and a TD) and freshman Corey Clement (16 rushes for 101 yards and 1 TD) combined to rush for 388 total yards on 40 carries, a 9.7 ypc average.

Joel Stave was just 4 of 11 for 36 yards and an interception in the first half, then came out in the second and went 5 of 6 for 161 yards and two touchdowns.  Two of the scores from for 65 and 57 yards to senior wideout Jared Abbrederis.

AUDIO: Joel Stave on improved second half play :11

Four of Wisconsin’s six touchdowns came on plays of 51 yards or more.  They had runs of 70 and 51 yards and pass plays of 65 and 57 yards.

AUDIO: FB Derek Watt says the Badgers have some big play ability :10

The Badgers also were solid defensively.  Wisconsin had several defensive members play in this game, yet they still preserved the shutout.

AUDIO: LB Chris Borland says it’s great to pitch the shutout :15

The Badgers gave Gary Anderson a win in his Wisconsin debut.  They’ll host Tennessee Tech this coming Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.