What more can be said about junior running back Melvin Gordon? He's the fastest UW running back to gain 1,000 in his career (104 attempts -- ONE HUNDRED FOUR ATTEMPTS!), has made midseason All-American lists from ESPN.com, SI.com, and Phil Steele, and his per game average (174.3) alone would put him at 58th -- out of ALL the FBS teams.
Here's a quick breakdown of Melvin Gordon's runs, all of which lead the nation:
- 15 runs of 20-plus yards
- 10 runs of 30-plus yards
- 8 runs of 40-plus yards
- 5 runs of 50-plus yards
Gordon's 50-yard touchdown run: 2nd quarter, 2nd-and-11 from midfield
Early in the second quarter, the Badgers were up 21-10 and just took the ball back after a Lubern Figaro interception deep in the red zone off of a deflected James Knapke pass. Up until this point in the game, Bowling Green continued to threaten Wisconsin with its Baylor-esque spread attack, and the timely turnover turned the tide (ALLITERATION, PEOPLE!) back in the Badgers' favor for good.
Looking right after the snap, Wisconsin's lined up in an I-formation, 21 personnel -- two running backs and one tight end -- with a twins left look from their two wide receivers, Alex Erickson and Kenzel Doe.
The Falcons stack about seven guys towards the line of scrimmage. Based off of what is seen above, this appears to be a package play -- meaning there's multiple options for the offense to go within one play. At the top of the screen, Doe plays it off like he's waiting for a bubble screen with Erickson blocking down on the defensive back, who's actually running towards Doe. That actually takes the defender out of the play -- his back's turned away from the action -- as he has no clue Gordon's getting the carry.
It's a zone-blocking play, and you notice senior guard Dallas Lewallen (73) get to the second level, which is key to spring any running back to the second level and beyond. Ramesh lead blocks and takes on his defender, which he actually pancakes and helps spring Gordon. Each Wisconsin blocker puts a helmet on a defender, and there's no free Falcons' defensive player to make a tackle within at least 10 yards of the Heisman hopeful.
Gordon gets to the third level, and has to beat two defenders -- one to his left and one to his right -- to break to daylight. The deep safety leans one way, which makes him out of place as Gordon jukes him. All that's left is one more defender to outrun...
...and there's the stiff arm.
From there, it's not even close. Gordon sprints the rest of the way for the touchdown -- his second of five on the day -- and helps Wisconsin ultimately begin the blowout for a 27-10 lead.