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If a football game lasted only two quarters, the mood in Madison would be much different on Sunday. But instead of coming off a statement win, the Badgers return home with a number of questions to be answered following a 28-24 loss to LSU.
The Tigers rattled off 21 unanswered points in the victory in Houston. Wisconsin's offense was led by Melvin Gordon, who ran for 140 yards and a touchdown. But when the team needed him most, Gordon didn't touch the ball. He had just four carries in the second half. The junior running back claims he wasn't injured, but it's not clear why his touches vanished.
"There was a little bit of a scenario with Melvin being completely ready to go at halftime," says head coach Gary Andersen. "But I didn't hear anything. He came out and hit the home run and seemed to be OK."
"They went with Corey. When I came in, we were really trying to pass the ball down the field. There was limited time. So, we had to score. I had to do pass protection and get out on routes," adds Gordon.
While the running game was solid, racking up 286 yards, the passing game left a lot to be desired. Tanner McEvoy's first start was forgettable, with the junior going 8-24, throwing for 50 yards and two interceptions. Andersen says the Badgers need more out of the passing game.
"We said it at the beginning of the year and have said many, many times about our ability to be able to protect the passer and our ability to throw the ball down the field. Couldn't do it again," says Andersen. "Until we can do that, we're going to get ganged up on the run. We'll pop some runs here and there. We're not able to consistently get that done."
"I don't think I did very well," adds McEvoy. "I'm usually my harshest critic. It's a team game. I made a few mental mistakes, it happens. That can be the difference between winning and losing the game."
Wisconsin's next opponent figures to be a bit easier. The Badgers battle Western Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
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