On Nov. 15, 2014, University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon III set the single-game NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision rushing mark with 408 yards on 25 carries in just three quarters of play during a 59-24 Big Ten Conference upset victory over Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium.
On one cold, snowy afternoon, he broke the school mark held by Ron Dayne (339), the Big Ten record held by Anthony Thompson of Indiana (377) and the FBS mark held by LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU (406).
In his senior year at Wisconsin, Gordon joined Dayne, the career leader with 6,397 rushing yards from 1996-99, and Montee Ball, the career leader in TDs with 83 from 2009-12.
Gordon, now in his fifth year with the Chargers in the NFL, finished the 2014 season with 2,587 rushing yards on 343 attempts for an average of 7.5 yards per carry and 29 touchdowns, plus another 153 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.
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Wisconsin went on to a 10-3 record (7-1 Big Ten) that year, lost the Big Ten Championship 59-0 to Ohio State and beat Auburn 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl.
In his four years at Wisconsin, Gordon rushed for 4,915 yards (gaining a total of 5,143 if you count receiving yards) and scored 49 total touchdowns.
Keep scrolling to relive UW's rout of Nebraska and Gordon's historic day.
State Journal coverage of Melvin Gordon's record-setting game
Read the State Journal's coverage of Melvin Gordon's historic game in UW's rout of Nebraska in 2014.
The junior runs for an astounding 408 yards and the Badgers score 56 consecutive points to obliterate the Cornhuskers.
Just as fluttering white towels celebrated the historic performance by Ron Dayne, Saturday's snowflakes seemed tailor-made for an equally historic performance by Gordon.
University of Wisconsin players, including tailback Melvin Gordon, celebrate a 59-24 victory over Nebraska with the Freedom Trophy and by sing…
UW now has the single-game rushing leader (Gordon), the career rushing leader (Dayne), and the career TD leader (Ball).
University of Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and record-setting tailback Melvin Gordon meet the media after the junior rushed for 408 yards and…
The junior tailback credits the big boys up front for the holes he ran through en route to an NCAA single-game mark.
The senior recorded a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in helping UW hold the Cornhuskers to 180 yards of total offense.
The State Journal columnist assesses UW's performance in its 59-24 victory on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez, addressing fans before the game at Badgerville, was hyped up for UW's game with Nebraska and to watch…