MADISON,Wis. -- After assuming the title of the nation's leading rusher on Saturday, Wisconsin sophomore RB Melvin Gordon added another title -- Big Ten Offensive Co-Player of the Week -- on Monday.
He shares the distinction with Ohio State QB Kenny Guiton. The No. 23-ranked Badgers and No. 4 Buckeyes will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus.
Gordon was recognized for his efforts in Wisconsin's41-10 win over Purdue, in which he carried 16 times for 147 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to help the Badgers open their Big Ten slate with a win.
Despite averaging just 13.3 attempts per game, Gordon leads the nation with 624 rushing yards on the season, an average of 156.0 per contest. His per-carry average of 11.8 yards is the best of any player with at least 30 carries this season.
In addition, Gordon's seven rushing touchdowns ranks him No. 3 nationally in that category.
Gordon, who has rushed for at least 140 yards in each of UW's four games, is averaging an astounding 9.9 yards per carry for his career, the best mark of any player with at least 100 carries in the BCS era (1998 to present). Former Florida WR Percy Harvin (2006-08) is second on that list at 9.5 yards per carry.
In his last six games, Gordon has rushed for 891 yards (148.5 yards per game) on 71 carries (12.6 yards per carry) with eight touchdowns.
Gordon is UW's first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since RB Montee Ball was honored on Nov. 12, 2012.
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