11/15/2014 - Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24...Melvin Gordon rushed for a Football Bowl Subdivision-record 408 yards on 25 carries and No. 22 Wisconsin overcame an early deficit to rout No. 11 Nebraska 59-24 on Saturday before 80,539 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. Gordon, a senior running back, had runs of 42, 62, 39, 44, 43 and 68 yards, and broke the FBS record of 406 yards set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999 on his 26-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter. Gordon, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, shattered Wisconsin's rushing record for a game of 339 yards set by Ron Dayne in 1996 and the Big Ten rushing record of 377 yards set by Indiana's Anthony Thompson in 1989.
Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rushed for 577 yards in taking control of the Big Ten West Division from Nebraska (8-2, 4-2). Gordon had 238 rushing yards on 16 carries in the first half when the Badgers overcame three turnovers and a 17-3 deficit. Nebraska entered the game allowing 123 rushing yards per game, the No. 20 rushing defense in the nation. Gordon surpassed that with a 43-yard run on a jet sweep midway through the third quarter, and he broke Dayne's record on a 68-yard run just two carries later. - The Sports Xchange
11/03/2014 - In an era where college football seemingly is dominated by high-scoring spread offenses, Wisconsin is doing it the old-fashioned way - with the running game and a dominant defense. Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Corey Clement scampered for 131 yards and two more scores and Wisconsin limited Rutgers to a season-low 139 yards in a 37-0 victory Saturday that made the Badgers bowl eligible for the 13th consecutive season. "We're a well-structured team," said Clement. "We're still coming along in the process. As the season goes on, things are going to get tougher so we are going to have to toughen up in some areas and just execute in some other areas that can win us some games."
Gordon scored on runs of 15 and 51 yards in posting his sixth consecutive 100-yard game rushing, helping Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) win its third straight game. Clement tallied on run 43 and 36 yards and Rafael Gaglianone kicked three field goals as the Badgers dominated to send the Scarlet Knights' Homecoming crowd home early. The shutout loss was the first for Rutgers (5-4, 1-4) since 2002 - a run of 147 games - and it stretched its losing streak to three games. It's been a tough stretch that included blowout losses to No. 13 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska. - AP Sports
10/25/2014 - Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin's restocked defense stifled mistake-prone Maryland for a 52-7 win on Saturday. Gordon had his three scores in the first half, when the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead on a sunny homecoming weekend game. Joel Stave threw for two scores in the second half against Maryland (5-3, 2-2). The Big Ten rookie Terrapins accomplished little with the ball in their first visit to Camp Randall Stadium. Dual-threat quarterback C.J. Brown faced pressure all afternoon from the blitzing Badgers, who were fortified on defense with the returns of top tackle Warren Herring and run-stopping linebacker Marcus Trotter from injuries. Maryland avoided their first shutout of the season on Stefon Diggs' 21-yard touchdown catch with 57 seconds left in the game. Otherwise, Wisconsin brought Maryland's five-game road winning streak to an emphatic end. The Terps were held to 175 yards of total offense, 227 below their season average. Most of the yardage came late in the blowout loss. - AP Sports
10/13/2014 - SEPT 22 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Jr., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford,...Needed just 13 carries to register 253 yards and matched a school record with five touchdowns in Wisconsin's win against Bowling Green...Averaged 19.5 yards per carry, shattering the previous school record of 14.9 yards per attempt...Helped Wisconsin set a modern-era Big Ten record with 644 team rushing yards and a school record for total offense with 756 yards...Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Sept. 23, 2013). - Big Ten football
10/11/2014 - Melvin Gordon rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns, Corey Clement added 164 yards and a 72-yard score and Wisconsin held off Illinois for a 38-28 victory Saturday. Gordon padded his resume for a potential Heisman Trophy candidacy with another highlight-reel performance. The junior eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season in just Wisconsin's sixth game, a school record. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) started Joel Stave at quarterback, but Gordon did most of the damage against the league's worst rushing defense.
Illinois (3-4, 0-3) did rally in the fourth quarter with backup Aaron Bailey at quarterback. He led them to two scores to get within 38-28 with about 3 minutes left before Illinois recovered an onside kick. But Bailey threw an interception with 2 minutes left to seal Wisconsin's win. His fluttering deep pass was tracked down by safety Peniel Jean at the 2. Wisconsin ran out the clock from there. Gordon was a one-man hurry-up offense. His most impressive run may have come with 1:16 left in the second quarter, when Gordon took a first-down handoff from the Wisconsin 22 but got tripped up as he burst through a hole. But the stumbling Gordon regained his balance and ended up with a 46-yard run to the Illinois 32. Rafael Gaglianone hit a 44-yard field goal four plays later for a 24-14 lead going into the half. - AP Sports
09/29/2014 - Melvin Gordon decided to speak up with Wisconsin off to another lackluster start. The star tailback couldn't take it anymore while jogging back to the locker room with the Badgers tied at 3 at the half with South Florida. His teammates listened. The blocking picked up to help spring Gordon for two touchdown runs that helped No. 19 Wisconsin hold off the Bulls 27-10 on Saturday. Gordon had company at the half. Six-foot-8 right tackle Rob Havenstein offered some words, too. "Me and Big Rob, we were walking in and Iike, 'We've got to talk to these guys,'" Gordon said. "We felt we needed to rally our offense together and speak up and we motivated those guys, and obviously we were a different team in the second half."
Gordon finished with 181 yards and 32 attempts, amassing 131 yards after halftime. He scored on carries of 7 and 43 yards on the Badgers' first two drives of the second half after running room finally opened up. The blockers looked rejuvenated. Gordon pleaded with receivers to come up with catches. He took responsibility himself to execute better in the run game. Gordon, who finished with 32 carries on the day, found more room after halftime. - AP Sports
09/29/2014 - Gordon rallies slow-starting Wisconsin past South Florida...Melvin Gordon delivered a passionate halftime speech to Wisconsin's offense and proceeded to rush for two touchdowns as the No. 19 Badgers got past South Florida 27-10 on Saturday at Camp Randall. "We needed to rally our offense together and speak up," the junior running back said of the pep talk he gave with offensive lineman Rob Havenstein. "We motivated those guys, and we were a different team in the second half. It was my first time stepping up and doing that, speaking to our offensive group as a leader, (and) those guys responded and listened."
Gordon responded in his own way, running for two touchdowns in the third quarter after his lost fumble halted a drive in the red zone late in the first half. Gordon finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, one week after scoring five touchdowns against Bowling Green. Sophomore running back Corey Clement collected 77 yards on 16 carries. Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy completed 11 of 18 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown as the Badgers (3-1) won their third straight home game. The Bulls (2-3) were 34-point underdogs in their first meeting against Wisconsin, but they held the Badgers to 139 yards in the first half, including just 60 rushing. - The Sports Xchange
08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back, Junior...A semifinalist for the award last season when he rushed for 1,609 yards and led the nation at 7.8 yards per attempt, Gordon joins Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty and Florida State QB Jameis Winston as returning semifinalists for the award. Gordon enters his junior season having already been tabbed first-team All-America by both Phil Steele and Athlon. An explosive runner, Gordon is the FBS' active career leader in rushing average at 8.08 yards per carry for his career and led the nation in runs of 60-plus (4) and 70-plus (3) yards last season. - Wisconsin football
08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Melvin Gordon (Jr.), Wisconsin...Chief among Gordon's competition are two other returning semifinalists from 2013, Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah and South Carolina junior Mike Davis. Abdullah is the nation's top returning rusher after piling up 1,690 yards last season, while Davis totaled 1,183 yards for the year. Gordon is one of eight Big Ten running backs named to the watch list, which tabbed 53 players in all.
The Kenosha native will be the Badgers' starter in the backfield after sharing carries last season with then-senior RB James White. Led by Gordon's 1,609, the duo piled up 3,053 yards to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates. Gordon finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally in yards per game at 123.8 and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. - Wisconsin football
08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin...Gordon will be the Badgers' starter in the backfield after sharing carries last season with then-senior RB James White. Led by Gordon's 1,609, the duo piled up 3,053 yards to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates. Gordon finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally in yards per game at 123.8 and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. - Wisconsin football
08/08/2014 - 2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH (MEDIA): Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin...Gordon enters the season as the nation's second-leading returning rusher behind fellow West Division Player to Watch Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska. Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, while Gordon piled up 1,609. Gordon is also the nation's active career leader in rushing average at an explosive 8.1 yards per carry. He led the nation in runs of 60-plus (4) and 70-plus (3) yards last season.
The Kenosha, Wisconsin, native will be the Badgers' starter in the backfield after sharing carries last season with then-senior RB James White. Led by Gordon's 1,609, the duo piled up 3,053 yards to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates. Gordon finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally in yards per game at 123.8 and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. A preseason first-team All-American, Gordon is on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Doak Walker Award. - Wisconsin football
08/08/2014 - Wisconsin's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Melvin Gordon, RS Junior...Gordon goes zero to 60 in a flash and bursts to top speed quickly with the vision and patience to follow blocks and find holes to daylight. Although he has only average power, Gordon has the natural balance to bounce off contact without losing momentum with a physical nature to break tackles. His body type isn't ideal, with a high-cut frame and only average bulk throughout (similar skill-set as Jamaal Charles), but he lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping to generate deceiving power. Gordon has only eight starts on his resume, but he will be "the guy" in the Badgers' backfield in 2013 and projects as one of the most talented backs for the 2015 draft class if he declares. The NFL hasn't had a first round running back the last two years and time will tell if Gordon is selected in the first 32 picks, but no question in my mind that he has first-round ability. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/2014 - Wisconsin's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Melvin Gordon, RS Junior...Wisconsin has had an excellent run on running backs over time, most recently Montee Ball and James White. But Gordon has the natural talent to be the best NFL running back the Badgers' program has ever produced. After redshirting in 2011, he saw limited playing time in 2012 behind Ball and White, but produced stats that would have led some other teams in rushing (621 rushing yards, 10.0 yards per carry). With Ball off to the NFL, Gordon and White shared the running back duties in 2013 with White leading the way with carries, but Gordon had a team-best 1,609 rushing yards, averaging 7.8 yards per rush and 123.8 yards per game. Although unproven as a pass-catcher with only three career catches, he has a well-rounded skill set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 26. Melvin Gordon, RB, 6-1, 207, rJr., Wisconsin: No program is better at churning out NFL running backs than the Badgers, and Gordon offers as much juice as any of them, showing agility and breakaway speed to go with good size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/2014 - Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon put up some new art work on the walls of his apartment. Nothing trendy though, just some pictures to give him some extra motivation: the logos for the 2014 season opener between LSU and the Badgers and the season-ending college football playoffs are among the additions. The most precious item represents a goal that will be the toughest to attain: a picture of the national championship trophy. Gordon is dreaming big after bypassing an opportunity to go to the NFL. "They're up in my bedroom. I'm looking at those every day. When I wake up I see them," he said after the Badgers' spring game.
He didn't have much to prove this spring after rushing for more than 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns last season splitting carries with James White. Now with White out of eligibility and looking for an NFL pay day, Corey Clement will be Gordon's new running mate this fall. The first priority this spring was to keep Gordon and Clement upright, coach Gary Andersen has said. "We kept them healthy, but they got better at pass protection, and I think that showed up today," Andersen said. "They got better at the screen game. The screen game didn't pan out very good today, but it will, and it'll be a vital part, and they're better at what they're doing." Last season, White got 221 carries to 206 for Gordon. White, a senior, was a better blocker than Gordon. This year, Gordon could get a much heavier workload, and at least more than a 50-50 split with Clement. Gordon is potentially in the conversation as a Heisman Trophy candidate. - AP Sports
01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Melvin Gordon certainly is one of several Wisconsin players thirsting for another chance after a frustrating performance against Penn State. Gordon led the Badgers with 91 yards, but it was the fourth time in five games that he was held to under 100 yards. Gordon shouldn't be getting tired, not with James White sharing the load. - The Sports Xchange
12/21/2013 - Wisconsin RB Gordon returning to school...Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 1,466 yards this season, will return for his redshirt junior season in 2014 rather than enter the NFL Draft, he announced Friday. "I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth," Gordon said in a statement released by the school. "Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree, and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship. "With this decision out of the way I can now focus on helping my team prepare for the Capital One Bowl and a great opponent in South Carolina." Gordon leads the nation in yards per carry (8.1) and runs of 60 or more yards (four). - The Sports Xchange
12/20/2013 - Gordon to return for junior season...Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon announced Friday that he will return to UW for his junior season. Gordon, who redshirted as a true freshman, was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist this season and ranks 11th in the country with 1,466 rushing yards and has scored 12 touchdowns heading into the Capital One Bowl. "After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year," Gordon said. "I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship. "With this decision out of the way I can now focus on helping my team prepare for the Capital One Bowl and a great opponent in South Carolina."
"Melvin is a great player and a great kid and we are very happy with his decision," Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said. "We tried to be very supportive throughout the decision-making process and relayed all the information he needed to make an informed decision. I'm glad he can now focus on the bowl game and prepare for a great 2014." - Wisconsin football
12/11/2013 - Melvin Gordon has goals he still wants to achieve in his college career. Among them, being a Heisman Trophy finalist and earning a degree rank pretty high. Then again, he also wants to play football at the highest level. And being an NFL standout -- along with becoming a millionaire -- might be on the horizon, too. Those two paths could intersect soon for Gordon, Wisconsin's star running back, because he acknowledged Tuesday night that he had submitted paperwork with the NFL's draft advisory board. That board, consisting of a panel of pro scouting experts, will evaluate Gordon's film and provide a grade as to where they believe he may be selected in the upcoming draft.
Gordon wouldn't offer an exact grade that would sway him, but it's clear he is heavily considering the prospect of leaving, depending on their feedback. Gordon said he would listen to his close inner circle, which includes his parents, Melvin and Carmen. His father advised him to return to school, while his mother has waffled on the subject. "Some people were getting in her ear," Gordon said. "Just agents and stuff like that. She wanted me to stay at first. I think she's kind of shying away from that now." - Jesse Temple, FOX Sports Wisconsin
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back...Has been selected All-Big Ten Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Big Ten head football coaches. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back...Has been selected All-Big Ten Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by a select media panel and honors teams. - Wisconsin football