Big plays by Wisconsin made for a long afternoon for the Massachusetts Minutemen.
By the time the 45-0 loss to the 23rd-ranked Badgers was over Saturday, coach Charley Molnar realized it would be a while until his relatively new major college program could keep up with a Big Ten power.
Melvin Gordon ran for 144 yards and a 70-yard touchdown, James White added 143 and a 51-yard score, and No. 23 Wisconsin's revamped defense throttled Massachusetts in a 45-0 victory Saturday over Massachusetts in coach Gary Andersen's debut.
Newly-minted starting quarterback Joel Stave overcame a slow start to connect with receiver with Jared Abbrederis for two long touchdowns in the second half.
It was 31-0 with 10:31 to go in the third quarter by the time White sauntered through the line untouched and into the end zone for his long score.
''Some of the matchups you could see our guy just wasn't able to make a play on the ball. He was with him step-for-step and just couldn't make the play,'' Mol...