WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Wisconsin football team is still searching for reliability in its kicking game.

Sophomore Kyle French missed attempts from 44 and 36 yards in the first half of Saturday's 38-14 victory at Purdue.

The good news for French is he did make a 30-yarder in between.

“I felt like I hit the ball pretty well,” said French, who has now made five of eight attempts on the season. “(Punter) Drew Meyer said (the first one) it was kind of a shaky snap, which led to kind of a shaky hold, and he said the laces were still spinning on me.

"But obviously, I moved on from that and bounced back and hit that next field goal.”

On the other miss, Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short got his hand on the ball.

“(Snapper) James McGuire said his foot slipped out a little bit and Kawann Short came through and got a little bit of a hand up on it,” French said. “Obviously, extra points (4 of 4) I felt like I hit pretty well. Obviously, 1-for-3 on paper, but I felt like I did pretty well.”

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