MADISON, Wis. (AP) — They're at it again, those run-crazy Badgers.
After another stellar day on the ground for Wisconsin, the partisan discussion floating around Camp Randall Stadium following the 41-10 victory Saturday over Purdue was whether Melvin Gordon and James White formed the best 1-2 backfield punch in the country.
"You know what? Like I said before, I'll let you guys debate on who's got the best backfield tandem in the nation," Gordon said. "But we're playing well right now, which is good."
Gordon ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while White had 145 and a 70-yard score. They had 16 carries each against the poor-tackling Boilermakers.
For their efforts, Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 to No. 23.
Besides Arizona State in Week 3, the defenses the Badgers have faced so far have been suspect at best. Next weekend, the competition level goes up several notches with Wisconsin heading to the Horseshoe for a prime-time showdown with fourth-ranked Ohio State.
"It will be quite difficult. But we're going to attack it, we're going to attack practice, we're going to attack everything the same way," Gordon said. "I know Ohio State, they've got a thing for us and we've got a thing for them. We've been back and forth."
Unlike the Wisconsin running game, which has been decidedly one-sided in favor of the Badgers. Consider these impressive statistics:
— Gordon has rushed for 100 yards all four games this season. At 624 for the year, Gordon already has surpassed his 2012 total of 621.
— Gordon's career rushing average actually went down to 9.95 yards per carry despite his latest outburst on the ground.