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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin will have no problems this season with its running game if it keeps feeding the ball to Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement.

For the second straight game, the trio of running backs each surpassed 100 rushing yards, and No. 21 Wisconsin ran over Tennessee Tech 48-0 on Saturday.

Gordon rushed for 140 yards on nine carries -- all in the first half. His 37-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter gave Wisconsin a 21-0 lead.

White, a senior, ran for 109 yards and a score on 22 carries. And Clement, a freshman, ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 13 attempts.

It marked the fourth time in school history that three Badgers have reached the 100-yard rushing mark.

Wisconsin extended its winning streak to 29 games against nonconference opponents, dating back to 2003.

The Badgers (2-0) came out strong against the Golden Eagles (1-1). Cornerback Darius Hillary forced a fumble on Tennessee Tech's first play from scrimmage. Dezman Southward picked up the ball and the Badgers took over.

Quarterback Joel Stave threw a 3-yard pass to fullback Derek Straus for the Badgers' first touchdown. It was the first career TD for the sophomore, who was making his first start.

Straus also had a block to help set up the Badgers' second score. Gordon found an opening after the block and broke two tackles during a 65-yard dash down the sideline.

Stave's 6-yard scoring strike to Jared Abbrederis with 5:29 left in the first quarter gave the Badgers a 14-0 lead.

Stave, a sophomore, also hit Brian Wozniak on a 6-yard scoring pass with 19 seconds left in the first half, giving Wisconsin a 28-0 lead. Stave completed 24 of 28 passes for 219 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

White's 2-yard TD run in the third quarter put the Badgers up 34-0 (the kick failed), and Clement took over in the fourth quarter, scoring from a yard out and then galloping 75 yards for the final touchdown.

Tennessee Tech, which failed to get across the 50-yard line in the first half and did so just once in the second, has a 0-29 record against Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

One bright spot for the Golden Eagles was punter Chad Zinchini, who booted a career-best 70-yard punt early in the second half. In the first half, the senior had a 64-yard kick.

The Badgers will get their first real test of the season when they play at Arizona State next Saturday night. The Sun Devils trounced Sacramento State 55-0 in their season opener two days ago.

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