INDIANAPOLIS Melvin Gordon couldn't help but hear the unrest from Wisconsin football fans displeased with his lack of touches this season. If he was really being honest with himself, he knew a running back with his talent was capable of so much more than he'd been given the opportunity to show.
But he also knew running backs at Wisconsin don't appear on campus and instantly earn the starting job. There are simply too many other talented players at the head of the line.
"I've got some great backs in front of me. They were in my position, too," he said. "I'm pretty sure they felt the way I felt. They're always talking to me: 'Just keep your head up and your time will come.'"
Gordon's time came Saturday night. And he delivered on the biggest of stages.
Gordon carried the ball nine times and gained a career-high 216 yards rushing with a touchdown to help Wisconsin destroy Nebraska, 70-31, in the Big Ten championship. He broke off scintillating runs of 56, 24, 12 and 60 yards and t...