Badgers roll past Boilermakers 45-24
MADISON — The Wisconsin Badgers beat the unranked Purdue Boilermakers 45-24 Saturday, Nov. 23 — the team’s seventh consecutive home victory.
Sophomore receiver Aron Cruickshank took a direct snap from center Tyler Biadasz 27 yards to the endzone for the Badgers first score of the afternoon.
Later in the quarter, Purdue kicked a 28-yard field goal to shrink the Wisconsin lead.
With just over a minute remaining in the opening frame, Jonathan Taylor broke loose for a 51-yard touchdown scamper.
Just seconds into the second quarter, Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell and tight end Brycen Hopkins connected for a seven-yard score.
Later that quarter, the same two scored from 37-yards out — giving the Boilermakers a 17-14 lead after the extra point.
The Badgers reclaimed the lead minutes later, though — quarterback Jack Coan completed an 18-yard pass to Madison native Jack Dunn who scored Bucky’s third touchdown of the half. It was also Dunn’s first touchdown in his Badgers career.
Senior kicker Zach Hintze drilled a 62-yard field goal — a school record — as time expired for the half.
Purdue received the second-half kickoff, and drove into Badger territory, but came up empty. Safety Eric Burrell intercepted a pass intended for Purdue receiver David Bell at the 32-yard line.
With the ensuing possession, wide receiver Kendric Pryor broke free for a 49-yard reception to put the Badgers in scoring possession. Later that drive, running back Garrett Groshek found the endzone from six yards out.
The Badgers weren’t done there. Quintez Cephus scored from 29 yards out on a pass from Jack Coan with 2:05 remaining in the third, going up 38-17
That lead shrunk quickly, though. Purdue scored a touchdown less than two minutes later making it 38-24 Badgers.
The Badgers padded their lead with a one-yard touchdown run from junior Mason Stokke, making it 45-24.
Jonathan Taylor ran for 222 yards — the 12th time he’s had at least 200 in a game in his career. That brings Taylor to 5,856 career rushing yards — the most by any player in FBS history through their junior season.