NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin at Purdue|
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: (7) Wisconsin 34, Purdue 13
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Montee Ball ran for a career-high 127
yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, leading seventh-ranked Wisconsin
to a 34-13 victory over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Scott Tolzien completed 13-of-19 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown for the
Badgers (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who were off last week after consecutive wins over
conference contenders Ohio State and Iowa. Wisconsin has won four straight
since opening the Big Ten schedule with a 34-24 loss at Michigan State.
Sean Robinson threw for 141 yards with a touchdown in his first start, but the
true freshman was picked off three times for Purdue (4-5, 2-3), which has lost
three straight. The Boilermakers held a halftime lead before being outscored
28-3 in the final 30 minutes.
Purdue carried a 10-6 edge to the intermission and had the ball to start the
second half, but Robinson was picked off by Culmer St. Jean on the third play
from scrimmage to give the Badgers great field position at the Boilermaker 18.
Wisconsin soon after faced 4th-and-1 at the nine, but John Clay picked up the
first down and Tolzien followed with a seven-yard scoring toss to Jared
Abbrederis to put the Badgers ahead for the first time.
The Badgers appeared to score on their next possession, as Ball raced 42 yards
up the left sideline to the end zone, but a holding penalty negated the
touchdown and Wisconsin was soon after forced to punt. Wisconsin got the ball
back after a Purdue punt and needed just two plays to score. Tolzien hit Nick
Toon with a 20-yard pass before Ball again got free along the left sideline
and scored on a 31-yard run for a 20-10 advantage with 6:20 left in the third.
Purdue answered with a 35-yard field goal from Carson Wiggs early in the
fourth to pull within seven, then got the ball back after a Wisconsin punt.
Robinson, though, was intercepted by Mike Taylor and his 26-yard return set up
Ball's 15-yard touchdown run two plays later to increase Wisconsin's lead to
27-13 with 8:54 remaining.
The Badgers blew it open just 23 seconds later when Antonio Fenelus picked off
a tipped pass and returned the interception 36 yards for a touchdown to
account for the final margin.
Despite the lopsided score, the Boilermakers and Badgers each produced 303
yards of offense. Purdue's four turnovers were the difference.
"We played really hard today," said Purdue head coach Danny Hope. "It's tough
to win when you commit four turnovers. It was the deciding point of the game,
obviously. I'm really pleased with the way our guys showed up, rolled up their
sleeves and got after it today."
Wisconsin's first possession ended in a turnover, as Albert Evans stopped a
Badger drive at the Purdue 21-yard line with an interception of Tolzien. The
Badgers got the ball back after a punt and drove to the Purdue 23 before
Philip Welch missed a 40-yard field goal try.
Purdue answered with a 77-yard march for the game's first points, as Robinson
capped a 12-play set with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison. The
Boilermakers threatened again early in the second quarter with a first down at
the Wisconsin 31, but Edison was stripped after a reception to give it back to
This time Wisconsin took advantage and Welch drilled a 44-yard field goal to
make it a 7-3 game with just over eight minutes left in the half, but Purdue
took more than seven minutes off the clock on its ensuing possession and
extended the lead back to seven on a 37-yard field goal by Wiggs.
Wisconsin had just under a minute left after the kickoff and drove far enough
for a 38-yard field goal from Welch to make it 10-6 at the break.
Robinson made the start in place of Rob Henry, who sat out with a cut finger
on his hand. He was third different starting quarterback for Purdue this year,
as Robert Marve was lost for the season in September with a torn ACL...Toon
finished with five catches for 62 yards, while Clay had 42 yards on 12 carries
in the victory...Dan Dierking led Purdue's ground game with 55 yards on 16
carries...Wisconsin has won five straight in the series and owns an all-time
record of 41-29-8 against the Boilermakers.
11/06 16:21:27 ET