MADISON, Wis. – Corey Clement rushed for three scores and 115 yards in his first game in eight weeks, powering Wisconsin to a 48-10 victory on Saturday over Rutgers.
"It felt great to be back out there," Clement said. "I couldn't ask for anything else from this game."
Clement had 11 carries, including a 21-yard scamper to the end zone after the junior burst through a narrow hole on the left side of the line for a 24-3 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter.
The Badgers (7-2, 4-1) overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 1-4) in their first trip to Madison.
It was a Halloween to remember for Clement following his eagerly anticipated return from sports hernia surgery.
He hadn't played since the season opener against Alabama, then tried to practice for a couple weeks through what he thought was a less serious groin injury. He then divulged more details to team medical staff.
Five weeks after having the surgery, Clement is back to ignite what had been an uncharacteristically so-so Badgers rushing attack.
"It was a bigger boost seeing him make some runs than just seeing him in the huddle," coach Paul Chryst said.
Wisconsin's defense hasn't missed a beat while Clement was away.
Under constant pressure, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano was just 4-of-14 for 31 yards with an interception. The offense mustered a season-low 165 yards.