During his time at Wisconsin, Melvin Gordon amassed 4,915 yards on the ground and scored 45 rushing touchdowns.
During his rookie NFL season with the San Diego Chargers, he ran for only 641 yards and didn’t find paydirt once.
Gordon proved early in the 2016 opener that he would not be having a sophomore slump, scoring twice against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Chargers’ 33-27 overtime loss.
With 8:27 remaining in the first quarter, Gordon rushed up the middle from one yard out for his first score in the NFL, capping a six play, 75-yard drive.
He's in! It's the first TD of @MelvinGordon25's career! #SDvsKC https://t.co/vgTyxA4bFn— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016
Gordon’s first score came on his 219th touch in the NFL, which is the fourth-most needed to reach the milestone by any player in the last 25 years.
Gordon found the end zone a second time with 14:05 left in the second quarter, this time from six yards out to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive.
Former Badger Derek Watt was in the backfield along with Gordon on both scores. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers faked the handoff to Watt before handing off to Gordon on the first score and Watt helped lead the way for Gordon on the second.
Gordon finished with 57 rushing yards on 14 carries, good for the third-highest,- single-game total of his career.
Gordon and the Chargers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next weekend.