There may have not been a matchup in college football this weekend between two teams as hot as the Wisconsin Badgers and the BYU Cougars. Both teams entered at 6-2 but had won a combined 8-straight games. The Badgers were trying to keep pace with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big 10, while BYU was trying to prove that their impressive record is no fluke while building a resume worthy of a BCS at-large bid, and it was the Badgers who came away with a 27-17 win today.
The Cougars, 14th nationally in rushing at 258.8 yards per game, were held to just 170 yards on the ground today.
The Badgers entered the game having given up only 195 yards through the air per game, and they held BYU quarterback Taysom Hill to just 202 passing yards and a meager 4.9 yards-per-pass.
Badgers running back Melvin Gordon entered the game with 1074 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this year, but he was held to just 86 yards while his fellow running mate James White exploded for 147 yards and a pair of scores.
With today’s win, if the Badgers can run the gauntlet through the rest of their schedule, they’ll likely get a BCS at-large bid.