Recap: Wisconsin vs. Maryland
Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Melvin Gordon ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns as the Wisconsin Badgers beat up on the Maryland Terrapins, 52-7, in Big Ten Conference action at Camp Randall Stadium.
Gordon carried the ball 22 times and scored each of his TDs in the first half for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) as they ran for a collective 311 yards and five TDs on 49 attempts. Quarterbacks Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy combined to hit 14-of-22 for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air as the team won for the second straight game and the fifth time in six outings.
The Terps (5-3, 2-2), facing Wisconsin for the first time ever, were held to a mere 159 yards of total offense, by far the worst effort of the season. Quarterback C.J. Brown, who was listed as questionable for the meeting with a back injury, hit on only 13-of-29 for 129 yards and a late score to keep the visitors from being shut out.
Gordon's first TD of the day came on a six-yard run early in the first quarter, while touchdown runs of one and three yards following in the second frame. In between, kicker Rafael Gaglianone connected on a 36-yard field goal to give the Badgers a 24-0 advantage at the break.
In the third quarter Stave went to work in the passing department, delivering TD passes of 47 and eight yards to Alex Erickson and Sam Arneson, respectively, to make the score 38-0 with 15 minutes to play.
McEvoy then took it upon himself to up the lead for the Badgers as he weaved his way on a 60-yard run, virtually untouched, into the end zone to give the hosts a commanding 45-0 advantage moments into the fourth quarter.
Capping an 11-play, 79-yard drive that consumed more than six minutes of the clock, Corey Clement reached the end zone on a three-yard run with 4:53 left in regulation.
After failing to register a first down since early on in the first quarter when their initial drive measured 40 yards on 10 plays, the Terps finally got on the board when Brown hooked up with wide receiver Stefon Diggs on a 21-yard effort in the final minute.
The Badgers entered play on Saturday ranked seventh in the nation in total defense, allowing just 286.0 ypg, while sporting the country's most aggressive rushing offense, generating 343.0 ypg.
The last shutout recorded by Wisconsin came in the 2013 opener against Massachusetts by a score of 45-0. Maryland was last held scoreless by Florida State back on Oct. 5, 2013 when the eventual national champions delivered a 63-0 decision at home.Game Notes