Purdue 17

(4-5, 2-3 Big Ten)

(19) Wisconsin 62

(7-2, 3-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN2

3:30 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 10 7 0 017
#19WIS 14 24 14 1062

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (WIS) - 205 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Ball (WIS) - 20 CAR, 223 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Wright (PUR) - 2 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

Montee Ball, Wisconsin wallop Purdue to end 2-game skid

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- To make sure that a two-game funk didn't snowball into a lost season, No. 19 Wisconsin returned to the familiar formula that worked so well earlier: Keep handing the ball to Montee Ball, and sprinkle in some big plays from Russell Wilson.

Ball rushed for a career-high 223 yards with three touchdowns and Wisconsin rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 62-17 rout of Purdue on Saturday.

"We needed this," Ball said. "Badly."

Saturday's victory was a boost to the Badgers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) after late collapses at Michigan State and Ohio State the past two weeks cost them a potential shot at the national championship.

"Two weeks that seemed like an eternity have come to an end," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. "We've won so many games around here. I was thinking about this, I was trying to remember the last time we lost games back-to-back. It's been a while, and you're just not used to that feeling. You're not used to it, and I don't want our kids to ever get used to it."

Ball was the star but the Badgers got another standout effort from Wilson, who threw two touchdowns and scored on a scramble. Wilson was 15 of 20 for 205 yards, and had 76 yards rushing before Bielema rested him early in the fourth quarter.

"He's right up there with Denard Robinson as far as his ability to extend plays," Purdue linebacker Joe Holland said. "He's a really, really good decision-maker and he's not going to throw too many stupid passes. If he doesn't see anything, he's going to make something happen with his legs."

Raheem Mostert had five kickoff returns for 206 yards for the Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3), helping them stay in the game early on. Caleb TerBush started at quarterback for Purdue, with Robert Marve also getting some time.

"Of course everybody's upset right now," Purdue running back Ralph Bolden said. "We're just worry about next week now, this game is done and over with."

Already trailing 38-17 at halftime, the Boilermakers tried a fourth-down conversion early in the third quarter but Wisconsin's Mike Taylor stopped Akeem Shavers short on fourth-and-5 at the Wisconsin 36.

The ball went back to the Badgers -- and it wasn't long before Ball broke free for a rambling 29-yard touchdown to put Wisconsin ahead 45-17.

Bielema said Ball might be the most complete running back he has coached.

"He's wired in a way right now where he expects success on every play," Bielema said.

Wisconsin's Chris Borland then came up with an interception deep in Purdue territory, and the Badgers' James White scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 52-17 with 11:01 left in the third quarter.

The Badgers made it look easy on their first possession, as Ball went through a big hole in the middle of the line to break a 44-yard run on Wisconsin's first play from scrimmage. A 1-yard touchdown to tight end Jacob Pedersen gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead.

But the Boilermakers came right back, getting a 49-yard kickoff return from Mostert. TerBush immediately found tight end Crosby Wright up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Wisconsin took a 14-7 lead later in the first quarter, as Wilson's 66-yard strike to wide-open receiver Jeff Duckworth helped set up Wilson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis.

But the Badgers' recent special teams problems struck again, allowing a 74-yard kickoff return to Mostert. The Badgers held the Boilermakers to a 25-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs, cutting Wisconsin's lead to 14-10 with 1:13 left in the first quarter. Wisconsin's special teams came under scrutiny the past two weeks after breakdowns in the Michigan State and Ohio State losses.

"I think we're going to have to re-evaluate our personnel," Bielema said.

Ball then got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, taking it up the middle on second-and-goal from the 1 for an easy touchdown and a 21-10 lead.

The ensuing kickoff went out of the end zone, preventing another big return by Purdue and earning a sarcastic cheer from the crowd.

Taylor picked off TerBush, and Wilson took over with his feet, with a 20-yard scramble to help set up his 6-yard scoring run on second-and-goal. The Badgers led 28-10 with 6:16 left before halftime.

Purdue put together a long drive just before halftime, ending in Justin Siller's 2-yard touchdown run to cut the Badgers' lead to 35-17. But Wisconsin drove for a late 52-yard field goal by Philip Welch and took a 38-17 lead into half.

Game notes

Wisconsin lost safety Aaron Henry to a right ankle injury in the first half, but Bielema said his X-rays were negative. ... Wisconsin had 425 yards of total offense in the first half. ... Saturday's attendance was 80,566.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1430
Total Yards284605
3rd Down Conversions2-104-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-0

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Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD12:47Jacob Pedersen 2 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Philip Welch Kick) 07
TD12:24Crosby Wright 30 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Carson Wiggs Kick) 77
TD03:24Jared Abbrederis 5 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Philip Welch Kick) 714
FG01:13Carson Wiggs 25 Yd 1014
TD12:14Montee Ball 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1021
TD06:16Russell Wilson 6 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1028
TD02:59Montee Ball 3 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1035
TD00:24Justin Siller 2 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1735
FG00:00Philip Welch 52 Yd 1738
TD12:01Montee Ball 29 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1745
TD11:01James White 5 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1752
TD12:59James White 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1759
FG05:02Kyle French 29 Yd 1762

Research Notes

Montee Ball has 159 yards in the first half, the 2nd-most by a Wisconsin player since 2004. P.J. Hill rushed for 189 yards on October 7, 2006 vs Northwestern. He finished that game with 249 yards.

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