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Wisconsin rolls past Purdue

Wisconsin Badgers running back Bradrick Shaw (7) rushes the ball in the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Washburn

The Sports Xchange

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Backup running back Bradrick Shaw and backup fullback Alec Ingold each scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns Saturday, and No. 7 Wisconsin moved a step closer to the Big Ten West championship with a 49-20 victory against Purdue.

Trailing 3-0 after one quarter, the Badgers (9-2, 6-2 in the Big Ten) scored 35 points during a 7:43 span of the second quarter, including touchdown runs of 7 and 33 yards by Shaw and a 1-yard run and a 19-yard reception for TDs by Ingold.

Badgers running back Corey Clement carried 27 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and now has 1,040 rushing yards for the season. Clement is the 17th Wisconsin player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a single season.

Purdue (3-8, 1-7) lost its sixth in a row and finished 0-4 in Big Ten home games.

Wisconsin, which has not lost in Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium since 1997, also got a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown by outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt.

Badgers inside linebacker T.J. Edwards intercepted Purdue quarterback David Blough at the Boilermakers’ 19-yard line to set up the 19-yard TD pass from Bart Houston to Ingold, giving Wisconsin a 28-3 lead with 2:49 remaining in the first half.

Blough, who was intercepted three times in the game-deciding second period, threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Yancey 11 seconds later to slice the deficit to 28-10, but Wisconsin needed only 1:47 to grab a 35-10 halftime lead, getting Shaw’s 33-yard TD run with 51 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Badgers gained 228 second-quarter yards, setting the foundation for their fifth consecutive victory.

Alex Hornibrook’s 25-yard, third-quarter touchdown pass to Jazz Peavy gave Wisconsin a 42-13 lead at the 3:23 mark. Clements’ 6-yard touchdown run with 7:41 remaining in the game extended the lead to 49-13.

BADGER BITS: Wisconsin successfully converted 6 of 8 third-down opportunities during the first half ... Including a Purdue field goal, opponents have scored only 12 first-quarter points against theWisconsin defense in 11 games ... Since the beginning of the 2006 season, Wisconsin is 33-7 in November ... The Badgers have won 10 consecutive regular-season games played in Indiana, 6-0 against Purdue and 4-0 against Indiana, beginning with the 2002 season ... Beginning with the 2013 season, Purdue is 0-16 in November games ... Purdue WR DeAngelo Yancey caught four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown during the first 30 minutes.

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