MADISON, Wis. — The Massachusetts football team lost its season opener to No. 23 Wisconsin, 45-0, in front of 76,306 at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here are some thoughts on the game.
Badgers run wild – The Badgers probably could’ve ran every single offensive play from scrimmage in this contest, and may have won by an even greater margin. Wisconsin ran 221 yards on UMass in the first half alone, and didn’t slow it down from there. The Badgers ran for over 350 yards and four touchdowns for the game. Sophomore Melvin Gordon led the Badgers with 144 yards and a 70-yard touchdown run, while senior James White wasn’t far behind. White ran for 143 yards, including a 47-yard run into UMass territory on the second play from scrimmage and a 51-yard scamper in the third quarter to put Wisconsin up 31-0 at the time. The Badgers ran on a majority of their plays and picked apart the UMass defense. The front seven in particular looked completely overmatched by the Wisconsin offensive line. Continue reading