November 24, 2014

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.

Badger women’s volleyball team earns record breaking victory

MotionW_2ColorThe 2nd-ranked Wisconsin Badger women’s volleyball team earned their 17th-straight Big Ten victory to move to 26-2 overall this season.  The Badgers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in straight sets to break the school record for consecutive Big Ten wins.  The Badgers started the win streak against Ohio State and improved to 9-0 in road matches this season.

The Badgers are back in action next Wednesday at Rutgers.  With a win over the Scarlet Knights, who stand last in the Big Ten standings, the Badgers can clinch the Big Ten title.

Pair of Badgers win Big Ten Weekly honors

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Joe Schobert have been honored today with the Big Ten’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards.

Gordon set a school, Big Ten and Football Bowl Subdivision record with 408 rushing yards on 25 carries, including four touchdowns, as Wisconsin defeated nationally ranked Nebraska.

Gordon recorded four carries of at least 40 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  He averaged 16.3 yards per carry.

This is Gordon’s third Big Ten Player of the Week award and second this season.

Joe Schobert registered 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery in Saturday’s win over Nebraska.  His 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss were both career highs.  It’s his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The Badgers beat Nebraska 59-24 on Saturday.  They’ll face the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City this Saturday.

Gordon breaks single game rushing record, Badgers win!

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

The Wisconsin Badgers are in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny for a spot in the Big Ten title game and running back Melvin Gordon put himself in serious consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

Gordon broke the UW rushing record held by Ron Dayne (339), the Big Ten rushing record previously held by Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (377) and capped it off by breaking the Football Bowl Subdivision mark of LaDainian Tomlinson (406) while at TCU.

Gordon finished his day after just three-quarters in the Badgers 59-24 romp over Nebraska in a Big Ten matchup at Camp Randall Stadium.  He finished with 408 yards on 25 carries, a 16.3 yards per carry average and four touchdowns.

The performance pushed Gordon’s season totals to 1,909 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. [Read more…]

Badger women’s volleyball extends win streak

The fourth-ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team swept Iowa 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 at Carver Hawkeye Arena for their 14th straight Big Ten Conference win.

The Badgers (24-2, 15-1 Big Ten) are now just one win short of the school record for consecutive conference wins.   The Badgers will host No. 12 Illinois at the UW Field House on Wednesday (7pm).