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Badgers Getting Healthy For Northwestern

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Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin senior tight end Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin senior tight end Jacob Pedersen

Madison (WQOW) -- After being without a number of key players for the game at Ohio State, Wisconsin used its bye week to get healthy for its home game with Northwestern.

The Badgers look to get their ground attack going once again when Wisconsin hosts the 19th-ranked Wildcats, Saturday.  Ohio State was able to hold the Badgers to 104 rushing yards.  Wisconsin was averaging about 350 yards per game on the ground prior to its trip to Columbus.

Melvin Gordon ran the ball 15 times against the Buckeyes, for a mere 74 yards before he had to leave with a knee injury. Gordon says his health is fine, and he plans to prove it Saturday.  Northwestern's defense allowed 248 rushing yards in its loss last Saturday to Ohio State.

"Running backs didn't play up to our potential at that Ohio State game," says Gordon, "obviously, some guys stepped up and did some big things for us, but I felt like if we were able to help, we probably could have came out victorious or had a better shot. So, we've got to come out this game ready."

Senior tight end Jacob Pedersen sat out the Ohio State game with a sprained left knee sustained in the win over Purdue.  Pedersen says he was very close to playing against the Buckeyes, but took an extra week to make sure his knee was as close to 100 percent as possible.

"I feel ready to go. My knee feels great," says Pedersen, "I got to get away for a little bit. Spent some time with some family, and I'm ready to get back out there and start playing. I want my production to increase. I know if it does, it's going to help us out. Abbrederis- he's going to be getting triple-teamed here pretty quick if someone doesn't help him out. I'm anxious to get back out there and start making plays."

You can watch Wisconsin's game versus Northwestern right here on WQOW 18 on Saturday.  ABC's coverage begins at 2:30 P.M. 

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