November 25, 2014

Gordon named Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

After a rough first half, Melvin Gordon exploded in the second half to help lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a 28-24 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.  Today, Gordon was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Gordon recorded 264 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to the win.  He rushed for 200 yards on 31 carries, matching the Big Ten and school record for most rushing yards in a season of 2,109 yards set by former Badger Ron Dayne in 1996.

Gordon also became the fastest player to reach 2,000 yards in NCAA history, doing so on his 241st carry of the season.

It’s the fourth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and third this season.

Gordon loses single game record

Just seven days after Melvin Gordon set the FBS single-game rushing record (408 yards), Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine bested Gordon with 427 yards on 34 carries as the Sooners racked up a 44-7 win over Kansas.

Gordon earned his 408 yards on just 25 carries, while it took Perine 34 carries for his record performance.

Eddie Lacy is strong in Packers win over the Vikings (Video)

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

Minnesota had just scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, crawling to within three points of the Green Bay Packers.  After Mike Neal’s late hit on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the two-point try, the Vikings would be kicking off from the 50-yard line.  At that point, an on-side kick made perfect sense.

Instead, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decided to pin the Packers deep, challenging his defense to stop the Packers ground attack, get the ball back and try to tie or win the game.  Neither of the final two scenario’s took place because the Packers never gave the ball back.

The Vikings couldn’t stop Eddie Lacy and the Packers offensive line.  When the Packers got the ball back, Lacy rushed five straight times for a total of 27 yards and the Packers salted away the victory. [Read more…]

Badgers one step closer to Big Ten title game

Joel Stave

Joel Stave

The Wisconsin Badgers moved one step closer to winning the Big Ten’s West Division and earning a spot in the Big Ten Championship game by holding off the Iowa Hawkeyes 26-24 in Iowa City.  It sets up a winner-take-all matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the West Division title at Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday.

The Badger defense has been the rock all season long and entered Saturday’s game as the top ranked defensive team in the nation.  But on this day, it would be the Badgers offense that would lead Wisconsin to victory.

After a slow start in the first half, Melvin Gordon picked up steam in the second half, rushing for 200 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.  He also caught four passes for 64 yards.

Joel Stave had his best game of the season, completing 11 of 14 for 139 yards.  He was 4 of 5 on third-down passes, which has been a problem for the Badgers for much of the season.

Iowa scored 13 points in the fourth quarter but the Badgers were able to hold them off for the win.

Saturday’s win was the Badgers’ first in a one-score game since Week 3 of the 2012 season, when Wisconsin beat Gary Andersen’s Utah State team by two-points in his final year with the Aggies.

Kaminsky leads Badgers to fourth straight win, Marquette falls to Omaha

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky scored 26 points to lead the 3rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers to a 78-54 win over Boise State on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Kaminsky hit all seven shot attempts in the first half, including three 3-pointers and the Badgers hit 55% of their field goal attempts for the game.

Nigel Hayes added 15 points for the Badgers (4-0) and Traevon Jackson scored 11.

Next up for the Badgers, a trip to the Bahama’s for the Battle for Atlantis tournament.  The Badgers tournament opener comes Wednesday evening against UAB.

Marquette falls

Marquette fell for the second time this season, 97-89 to Omaha on Saturday night in Milwaukee.

Devin Patterson scored 26 points and CJ Carter added 25 points for the Mavericks (2-1).  Omaha shot 57% from the field and put five players in double figures.

Juan Anderson finished with 23 points, Derrick Wilson had 17 and Duane Wilson 15 for the Golden Eagles (1-2).

Green Bay Phoenix routs Duquesne

Tesha Buck

Tesha Buck

After knocking off 24th ranked Purdue in West Lafayette last Wednesday, the Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team cruised to a 84-52 win over Duquesne in Green Bay’s home opener on Saturday at the Kress Center.

The Phoenix led by as many as 33 points as Tesha Buck went 6-for-8 from three-point range.  The 5’11 sophomore finished with a game-high 24 points, matching her personal best.  She hit 9-of-12 overall from the field.

Senior Ellen Edison was perfect from the field, hitting all four of her shots, including 3-for-3 from distance.

As a team, Green Bay (3-1) hit a season-high 12 three-pointers (in 21 chances).

Duquesne (0-3) closed the gap early to 21-18, but Green Bay responded with a 10-0 run to make it 31-18, then finished the half with a 9-0 run to go up 44-24 at the half.

The win for the Phoenix is their 15th straight in home openers.

The Phoenix, having played three of its first four games on the road, heads back out again to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Naples, Florida.  The teams first game will be Friday morning at 11am against Georgia Tech.  The field also includes defending national champion Connecticut, which is in the other half of the bracket.  Green Bay is hoping to face the Huskies in the tournament championship game on Sunday.