With the nation's rushing leader, Melvin Gordon, in action Saturday night for the Big Ten Championship game, you wouldn't expect the back from the other team to walk away with a new rushing record for the event, but that's exactly what happened.
Thanks to an early 81-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up 14–0 over the Badgers and several other big runs, Ohio State sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott finished with 220 yards on the ground Saturday night in his teams' 59–0 pasting of the Badgers to break previous record – 216 yards, set by Gordon against Nebraska in 2012.
Not the running back I was expecting to see do this tonight. Congrats, Ezekiel! pic.twitter.com/pdl2mQJjr0— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) December 7, 2014
Elliott now has 1,402 yards on the season – including a monster stretch run to end the year, where he finished with 758 yards in his final five games: 154 vs. Michigan State, 110 vs. Minnesota, 146 vs. Indiana, 128 vs. Michigan and 220 vs. Wisconsin in the B1G Championship.