Game Recap: Back on Track

Follow along with Badger Nation's Free Drive Blog! Eight red zone drives equaled seven touchdowns for No.19 Wisconsin and junior running back Montee Ball was a big reason why. Running for a career-high 223 yards and three touchdowns, the Badgers bounced back in a big way, crushing Purdue, 62-17.

MADISON - It won't quite cure the pains Wisconsin and its fans have endured over the last two weeks, but it's a start back on the right track for the 19th-ranked Badgers.

Behind 364 rushing yards, including a career-high 223 yards from junior Montee Ball, Wisconsin pounded Purdue, 62-17, Saturday to end its two-game losing conference losing streak.

After finishing with season lows in points and yards in a 33-29 loss in Columbus last weekend, Wisconsin preyed on Purdue, racking up 605 yards of total offense, scored on all eight of its red zone drives and saw senior quarterback Russell Wilson be his usual effective self, racking up 280 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.

Wisconsin's defense also bounced back with authority after getting gashed for 70 points the last two weeks, forcing two turnovers and holding Purdue under 300 yards for just the second time this season.

Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) now moves into a second-place with Ohio State in the Big Ten Leaders Division and will battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe next week at Minnesota.

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Badgers blow By Purdue

Montee Ball continues his assault on the record books

Notes: Badgers special teams continue to struggle

No.19 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

5 plays, 63 yards, 2:07 TOP, 12:47 left

Jacob Pedersen 2-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick)

Key Play: If the first carry is any indication, Montee Ball won't be bottled up in the backfield this week. On the first carry of the game, Ball found a gap between his two senior linemen - Josh Oglesby and Kevin Zeitler - and zipped 44 yards before being caught from behind on the Purdue 19.


2 plays, 41 yards, :23 TOP, 12:24 left

Crosby Wright 30-yard pass from Caleb TerBush (Carson Wiggs kick)

Key Play: It seems Wisconsin hasn't learned anything from its last two losses. Not only did UW's kickoff return fail to stop Raheem Mostert on a 49-yard return to the UW 41, a breakdown in secondary assignments led to Wright being wide open and walking into the end zone.

14-7 Wisconsin

6 plays, 75 yards, 2:31 TOP, 3:24 left

Jared Abbrederis 5-yard pass from Wilson (Philip Welch kick)

Key Play: If Wisconsin is looking for a No.3 wide receiver, Jeff Duckworth may have given himself a big vote of confidence. With Wilson scrambling to his left, the quarterback drew the eyes of the secondary, leaving Duckworth wide open. After the catch, the redshirt sophomore raced another 25+ yards before being caught at the 5, capping a 66-yard gain.

14-10 Wisconsin

6 plays, 8 yards, 1:57 TOP, 1:13 left

FG Carson Wiggs 25

Key Play: For the second kickoff in a row, awful special teams allowed Purdue to get right back on the scoreboard. Breaking tackles and reversing field, Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 75 yards to the UW 16.

Second Quarter

21-10 Wisconsin

10 plays, 76 yards, 3:53 TOP, 12:14 left

Montee Ball 1-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: After getting beat up last week, Ball is running with a purpose against Purdue. His 21-yard run got Wisconsin to the PU 32 and he carried the pile three yards on third-and-1 to move the chains inside the 5.

28-10 Wisconsin

7 plays, 57 yards, 3:12 TOP, 6:16 left

Russell Wilson 6-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Gerald Gooden never knew what hit him. Having outside contain, Gooden rushed the end and waited for a UW running back to cut back his way. What he didn't realize was that Russell Wilson had just faked the pants off him on a naked bootleg.

35-10 Wisconsin

7 plays, 87 yards, 2:00 TOP, 2:59 left

Montee Ball 3-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards for the season, Ball accomplished the feat on a run he's pulled off all year - hitting the gap at full speed, letting his blockers assemble and using some good footwork to gain extra yardage. His 22-yard run got Wisconsin to the Purdue 44.

35-17 Wisconsin

10 plays, 75 yards, 2:29 TOP, :24 left

Justin Siller 2-yard run (Wiggs kick)

Key Play: A timely screen pass was huge for Purdue, as Robert Marve got the ball to the speedy Ralph Bolden. With two big linemen out in front, Bolden scampered 33 yards down to the UW 18. Throw in a hook-and-ladder a couple plays later, and Purdue isn't going down quietly.

38-17 Wisconsin

4 plays, 36 yards, :21 TOP, :00 left

FG Philip Welch 52

Key Play: Brian Wozniak fair caught the ensuing kickoff at the 29, saving precious time on the clock for Wisconsin's high-powered offense to zip into field goal range.

Second Half

Third Quarter

45-17 Wisconsin

4 plays, 65 yards, 1:29 TOP, 12:01 left

Montee Ball 29-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Montee Ball carved up the defense on his way to the end zone, running through a huge gaping hole in the middle of the offensive line and out running two tackle attempts in the middle of the field for his third score of the game.

52-17 Wisconsin

1 play, 5 yards, :05 TOP, 11:01 left

James White 5-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Caleb TerBush gifted an interception to Chris Borland, who was simply dropping back into coverage when the Purdue quarterback threw it right to him. Borland returned the pass 12 yards, setting up the score.

Fourth Quarter

59-17 Wisconsin

3 plays, 25 yards, 1:13 TOP, 12:59 left

James White 1-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Jared Abbrederis 25-yard punt return turned already good field position into great field position, as Wisconsin kept the throttle pushed forward.

62-17 Wisconsin

12 plays, 60 yards, 5:59 TOP, 5:02 left

FG Kyle French 29

Key Play: The second team offense got into the red zone after a Manasseh Garner 18-yard catch, but stalled on three straight plays.

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