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Gordon rewrites record book as Badgers roll over Nebraska

first_imgThe path to the 2014 Big Ten Championship game just got a whole lot easier for the Wisconsin football team thanks to Melvin Gordon.Not only did Gordon propel the No. 20 Badgers to a victory over No. 16 Nebraska and put them in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West, he set the NCAA single-game rushing record in the process, going off for 408 rushing yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns as Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) defeated the Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) 59-24 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.“It’s a special feeling,” Gordon said. “There’s so many days waking up early, just hard work and sweat and to see it pay off with me and my teammates, going out here and having the success, like I said it’s a great feeling. Words really can’t explain how I feel or how my teammates feel.”The final touchdown and rush of the game for Gordon came at the end of the third quarter from 26 yards out that gave him 408 rushing yards on the day. Gordon’s 408 rushing yards broke TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson’s single-game record of 406 yards that was set back in 1999 against Texas-El Paso.“Every game you want to play great and get your team on board,” Gordon said. “So you never know when a special day comes, but when it does, it’s a great feeling.”Gordon was able to gash the otherwise stout Nebraska defense for four runs of 40-plus yards Saturday. Wisconsin now leads the country in runs of 40-plus yards with 20. Andersen and Gordon both gave credit to the Wisconsin offensive line that paved the way for Gordon’s historic performance.“There were some big holes there,” Andersen said. “Some great opportunities for [Gordon] to get to the next level and when he gets to the next level it’s almost impossible for one person to bring him down and we’ve seen that for his whole career at Wisconsin.”“It showed Melvin Gordon had 408 yards but it should have everyone up there,” Gordon said. “All the offensive line, because they really made it easy for me today. They allowed me to have a lot of one-on-one matchups and it’s kind of been like that all season. Those guys have really been looking out for me and I couldn’t thank them more.”Despite the blowout and Gordon’s record-breaking performance, the game started off in Nebraska’s favor as the Cornhuskers took a 17-3 lead over UW after a Tommy Armstrong Jr. 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The Badgers fumbled twice in the opening frame including one from Gordon that set up the Armstrong touchdown run.But after that the game went all Wisconsin’s way as the Badgers would go on to score 56 unanswered points thanks in large part to Gordon’s efforts on the ground.After the Armstrong touchdown run, Gordon bounced off a 62-yard touchdown run on the Badgers’ next possession to pull UW within seven at 17-10. But on Wisconsin’s very next possession, Gordon fumbled for the second time in the game giving Nebraska the ball back at the Wisconsin 43-yard line.“After the second fumble I was kind of just out of it,” Gordon said. “No running back likes to fumble. It’s probably one of the worst things you can do.”However the nation’s top defense would step up and give the ball right back to the UW offense after Warren Herring jarred the ball loose from Nebraska’s Terrell Newby and Wisconsin’s Joe Schobert jumped on it.Two plays later, Corey Clement found the end zone from 17-yards set – set up by a Gordon 39-yard run – and the Badgers were tied with the Cornhuskers at 17 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.Wisconsin finally pulled in front of Nebraska on the following drive when quarterback Joel Stave found tight end Sam Arneson for a five-yard touchdown pass and UW would enter the half with a 24-17 lead. Gordon finished the first half with 238 yards on only 16 carries to average 14.9 yards per rush, including a school-record 189 yards in the second quarter.After halftime the Badgers came out and dominated Nebraska in the third quarter, forcing turnovers on the Cornhuskers’ first two possessions. While they didn’t score on their first possession of the third quarter, the Wisconsin offense scored a touchdown on three of their next four drives which included a rushing score from quarterback Tanner McEvoy and two touchdowns from Gordon.While they were down in a 17-3 hole early, Andersen did not think there was a turning point in the game for the Badgers that sparked their turnaround. It was simply a matter of sticking to the game plan.“There wasn’t a flipping point for the offense or the defense,” Andersen said. “They stayed well grounded. They fought through it and it was an amazing day to watch as a whole football team.”And of course Gordon certainly helped with the turnaround as well.“[Having Gordon] is a luxury that I’ve never had as a coach, I can promise you that much,” Andersen said. “To see a performance like that was amazing.”The Wisconsin defense clamped down after allowing the 17 early points. At the end of the game, Nebraska only managed 180 yards of total offense while running back Ameer Abdullah had 18 carries for only 69 yards. Armstrong completed only six of his 18 pass attempts for a mere 62 yards. He was also sacked four times while Nebraska turned the ball over five times.It was a defensive performance that came in the national spotlight and one that inside linebacker Marcus Trotter hopes brings well deserved attention to the nation’s top defense. Trotter led UW in tackles Saturday with 12 and had one of the Badgers four sacks.“I think that hopefully after this game we start to get more respect nationally for our defense,” Trotter said. “I think we may be the only defense, number one total defense that never really got respect, ever. So I’m just happy everything worked out.”Trotter’s fellow inside linebacker Derek Landisch was the second of three Badgers to break double-digit tackles Saturday, joining Trotter and Joe Schobert who had 11 tackles. Landisch finished the game with 10 tackles and credits going up against great running backs such as Gordon and Clement every day in practice as a reason why they were able to shut down Abdullah, Armstrong and the rest of the Nebraska offense.“The offensive line played great, the entire offense played great,” Landisch said. “Going up against a freak like Melvin in practice every single day and even Corey. Corey I would say is harder to tackle than Melvin and so going up against those two guys really prepares you.”But arguably the biggest takeaway for Wisconsin from Saturday’s game is that they continue to control their own destiny and now sit alone atop the Big Ten West. After losing their conference-opener to Northwestern, the Badgers are just two victories over Iowa and Minnesota away from advancing to the Big Ten Championship.“It’s a tremendous victory for all of us, every single person,” Andersen said. “Every Badger in my opinion should be so proud of these kids. But it’s a big win. It’s a big victory.“But this game was a lot of fun to be a part of. Thank God I’m here.”last_img read more


first_imgThe thrust of this fourth article of the series focused on the value of trust for all relationships is on the lack of trust and the harm it can cause. We have made the point again and again in the series that trust is essential to all healthy relationships. Why and how? We shall delineate below. The third article on what it means and takes to trust God wholeheartedly observed the following key points:Trust in God involves acceptance and surrender. Hence to have faith or trust in God means one comes to a point of complete surrender to the demands of God, the key Object of trust. To trust God is to recognize him for who he is and who one is in her/his human nature. God is Almighty and most kind and merciful in his dealings with mankind. He is also a God of justice and great judgment. His love and grace move him to all sinners but his justice also requires that sin has to be dealt with.The practical and biblical way to deal sin is to admit it and ask God to help one deal with it. This requires repentance (a change of mind, followed by a change in attitude). Again and again the Bible says repent and believe and salvation shall be yours. Trust in the biblical sense of the word involves belief, emotions, intellect, will, and well considered actions. It entails the whole of the person who trusts or believes and leads to a serious change that requires turning away from certain things, persons and influences to a Person and his will and dictates. It demands turning away from to completely different mindset, attitudes and habits. To trust God totally means to abide in him. Jesus says, “Abide in me, as I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4-5). To abide is to be and remain connected, rooted and stuck to God under all circumstances and in all situations. Even when times are terrible and we feel abandoned by all, we stick in. This does not mean that we should trust God and sit and do nothing; rather we think hard, plan well and strive hard to achieve our goals and tasks in dependence upon God, assured, that he is with us, guiding, enabling and providing through our feeble efforts. Divine and human sincere efforts are a marvelous combination and do work wonders!The lack of trust of God and those we are supposed to trust lead to all sorts of problems. Indispensable institutions like marriage are undergirded by trust and the absence of trust destroys their very foundation and basis. When mortals refuse to trust God they turn to their own ways. The ways of man are always limited and often fail to address some of his acute needs such the spiritual side and the questions of life that go beyond money, physical and other earthly things. The deepest longing of the human heart requires a Supreme Being to satisfy.Marriages and other forms of vital relationships are destroyed or severely diminished when trust is lacking. No human being is perfect. No one can perfectly understand another person. There are weaknesses in every person. Trust is required in dealing with one another’s faults, in forgiving and bearing with each other.The lack of trust leads to suspicion of all kinds and suspicion can destroy relationships by too much negativity and imagining and attributing faults where they may not exist. Where there is distrust misunderstandings and misinterpretations abound. Mistrust, like hate, may cause people to lose their sense of objectivity and instead promote bias and subjectivity.Families and friends have fallen apart due to the lack of trust among them. Often what stands in the way of reconciliation and resolving conflicts is the lack of trust. One of the main tasks of those who negotiate peace and reconciliation is to restore and create the atmosphere of trust. International wars and civil conflicts have dragged on due to the lack of trust among disputing parties. Marriages become irreconcilable when trust is lost between the couples. Friends turn into enemies when trust is replaced by distrust or mistrust.One way to make this world and relationships better is to work on creating, maintaining and promoting trust of the right kind. Trust, the opposite of distrust, thrives when people are sincere and not necessarily perfect. Trust is advanced when communication, understanding and dialogue are nurtured. Lack of trust is responsible for many of our personal, communal and societal problems and genuine trust overcomes many of these problems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more