WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- An overview of the University of Wisconsin football team's performance in a 38-14 victory over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
Montee Ball: Purdue won’t miss the UW senior tailback, who rushed for 597 yards and eight touchdowns in his last three games against the Boilermakers.
Jacob Pedersen: It wasn’t easy to catch the ball in the rainy and wet conditions at Ross-Ade Stadium, but that didn’t stop UW’s junior tight end from having his best game of the season with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.
UW’s special teams: Not only did the Badgers allowed two long kickoff returns in the first quarter, but sophomore Kyle French missed two field goals. At least junior defensive tackle Beau Allen gained a measure of redemption for the unit with a blocked punt.
By the numbers
17-0: UW coach Bret Bielema’s combined career record against Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue; he’s 19-16 against the rest of the Big Ten.
4: times in their career in which Ball and James White have each gone over 100 yards in the same game.
15: years since the last time UW had a running back with over 200 yards and another with over 100 yards in a game. Ron Dayne (254) and Eddie Faulkner (114) did it against San Jose State on Sept. 13, 1997.
How the Badgers see it: This game wasn’t more important than any other game on the schedule. And if you believe that, we’ve got a building with scenic views in downtown West Lafayette to sell you.
How the fans see it: As bad as things seemed the first half of the season, Purdue and its uninterested fan base reminded us that things can always be worse.
How the pollsters see it: Who were these Badgers, and what did they do with the team that showed up the first six games?