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Gordon sets single-game rush record with 408 yards, No. 22 Badgers rout No. 11 Nebraska 59-24

  • Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Nebraska's Corey Cooper for a 62-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Nebraska's Corey Cooper for a 62-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon gets away from Nebraska's Randy Gregory during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon gets away from Nebraska's Randy Gregory during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, left, runs past Wisconsin's Joe Schobert during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, left, runs past Wisconsin's Joe Schobert during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  (The Associated Press)

Melvin Gordon rushed for a major college-record 408 yards and four touchdowns and No. 11 Wisconsin overcame three early turnovers to take control of the Big Ten West division with a 59-24 win Saturday over No. 22 Nebraska.

Gordon eclipsed the single-game mark held since 1999 by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson by two yards, setting the new standard on a 26-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter and his last carry of the game.

Outdueling Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah in a matchup of star running backs, Gordon overcame two fumbles to help the Badgers (8-2, 5-1, CFP No. 20) roar past the Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2, CFP No. 16) with 49 unanswered points.

The star junior torched what had been a staunch Nebraska defense on 25 carries and delivered an emphatic statement in the Heisman Trophy race.

Abdullah finished with 69 yards on 18 attempts.