GAME BALL to linebacker Mike Taylor

For the first time all season, Taylor looked like the same player he was last season. With Taylor the healthiest he has been all season, he had a hand in two of the four turnovers forced by the Badgers. He combined with free safety Aaron Henry to force a fumble in the first half and came up with his first interception in the second half, leading to a total of 10 points.

THUMBS UP to cornerback Antonio Fenelus

Fenelus was in just about as many big plays as Taylor. Fenelus had a 48-yard fumble return and also returned a 36-yard interception for a touchdown. He was active against the run, finishing with a game-high nine tackles. Fenelus leads the defense with three interceptions.

THUMBS DOWN to pass protection

After allowing only six sacks in the first eight games, the Badgers gave up three sacks. The offense gained 303 yards, its second-lowest total of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

31:  Length of sophomore running back Montee Ball's touchdown run in the third quarter, the second-longest of his career. He had a 35-yard TD against Hawaii last season. It was UW's fourth run of 30-plus yards this season.

5:  Consecutive victories for UW in its series with Purdue. The Badgers have not lost in West Lafayette, Ind., since 1997, winning their fourth straight game there.

42:  Rushing yards for tailback John Clay, who left in the third quarter with a knee injury.

130:  Passing yards by quarterback Scott Tolzien, the second-lowest total in 22 career starts.

THE VIEW

How the team sees it

Hard to get up every week in the Big Ten, especially coming off a bye and two emotional wins.

How the fans see it

No style points needed this late in the season, but ugly first half raises anxiety level over next three weeks.

How the pollsters see it

No problem with 21-point win on the road in the Big Ten, provided nobody looks beyond the final score.

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