Wisconsin entered Saturday averaging 280 rushing yards this season, which ranked second in the Big Ten (10th in FBS). The Badgers just about doubled that total with a 2013 FBS-high 554 rushing yards in their 51-3 rout of Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
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It marked the second-most rushing yards in a single game in Wisconsin school history, just 10 yards shy of the 564 yards on the ground the Badgers recorded against these same Hoosiers last season in Bloomington. It also set the mark for most single-game rushing yards in modern Camp Randall Stadium history, breaking the previous mark of 548 yards by the Badgers against Wyoming in 1973.
|Wisconsin designed runs by direction
Things got started quickly for Wisconsin as James White took a handoff up the middle for 93 yards on the Badgers’ first play from scrimmage. It was the longest run in Wisconsin history and just the third run of at least 90 yards in school history.
Running up the middle became a theme for Wisconsin on Saturday. The Badgers pounded the rock between the tackles on 38 of their 49 designed runs (excluding the one sack allowed), to the tune of 347 yards and four touchdowns. Outside the tackles, the Badgers racked up 206 yards and two touchdowns.
White rushed for a career-high 205 yards and joined Gordon in the 1,000-yard rushing club this season. It marks just the second time in school history that Wisconsin has had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. White (1,052) and running back John Clay (1,012) both eclipsed that mark in 2010.
Other notable Week 12 Big Ten rushing performances
* Braxton Miller ran for 184 yards on 16 carries in Ohio State’s 60-35 win over Illinois. Miller fell just two yards shy of matching in single-game career high. It marked just the second time in his career he passed and rushed for at least 150 yards in the same game.
* Carlos Hyde rushed for a career-high 246 yards and four touchdowns. Hyde became the first Big Ten player to reach those totals in a single game since Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun ran for 258 yards and five touchdowns in 2005.
* Zach Zwinak rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in Penn State’s 45-21 win over Purdue. Zwinak has three games this season with at least three touchdowns, the most such games in the Big Ten.
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