At GPN, we are always interested in great stories that affect Packernaion. Yesterday, many in Packernation celebrated as Melvin Gordon broke the FBS single game rushing record set by LaDanian Tomlinson in 1999, gaining 408 yards in just three quarters of play.
But what those who didn’t see the game may miss is the fact that this record came after Gordon and the Badgers struggled in the first quarter, Gordon having a couple fumbles and unable to get a push up the middle. The Badgers dug themselves a 3-17 hole and the defense that had been the only bright spot, began to tire. Then the coaching staff made some adjustments, and Melvin Gordon took this team on his back.
The Badgers decided to beat the Huskers to the edges and take the cutback if it wasn’t there, but more often than not, they beat the Huskers to the edges. Following some of the most dominant blocking the Badgers have done all year, Melvin Gordon was given holes that, combined with his vision and acceleration, became a revolving door to the endzone as Gordon scored four touchdowns with a long of 68 yards.
One of the most amazing points to this historical performance was the play that got the record for Melvin Gordon. With only six seconds remaining in the third quarter, and 26 yards to the endzone AND the record. Gordon took an inside handoff, got a block, and then split two defenders to break the plane of the endzone, and the single game rushing record.
So here’s to Melvin Gordon, one of Wisconsin’s own. History is worth celebrating and football fans everywhere celebrate with you today.