Wisconsin rolls past Purdue
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.