Badgers open Big Ten season with big win over Purdue
Jay Sorgi with the Associated Press
The Wisconsin Badgers are back in gear after pounding the Purdue Boilermakers in their Big Ten opener, 41-10.
Running backs Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 292 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
In fact, Wisconsin out-gainted Purdue by a 3-1 margin (546-180).
Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second with a 15-yard touchdown run for the Badgers (3-1, 1-0).
Nose guard Warren Herring had a sack, and Chris Borland added six tackles to lead an active defense.
Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week's stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try.
The big challenging note for Wisconsin - the loss of a world-class tight end.
#Badgers TE Jacob Pedersen injured left ankle/foot on Gordon's TD. Didn't look good.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 21, 2013