MADISON – Style points don’t matter, especially in the Big Ten West and for the current state of the University of Wisconsin’s offense.
It was quite Wisconsin’s usual domination of Purdue but it was good enough for the Badgers to extend their winning streak to 10 games in the series with a 24-7 victory.
UW ran nearly twice as many plays as Purdue and outgained the Boilermakers, 272-61, in the first half, but the Badgers only led by three thanks to a missed field goal, penalties and a 66-yard interception return that set up Purdue’s only score.
The score stayed that way until the very end of the third quarter, when Dare Ogunbowale’s 4-yard run as time expired finally gave the Badgers some breathing room. With the way UW’s defense is playing, especially at home, the Badgers don’t need much production.
Wisconsin held Purdue to only 191 total yards and no sustained drives over 30 yards.
Minus the ill-advised interception, quarterback Joel Stave put up a solid stat line, finishing with 322 passing yards and completing 76.9 percent of his passes. He helped UW’s offense gain 418 total yards and went over the 300-yard passing mark for the second straight week.
Wisconsin entered the day having had at least one 100-yard rusher in teach of its last six meetings with the Boilermakers, but saw that streak end against the conference’s worst rush defense.
The Badgers (5-2, 4-2 Big Ten) hit the road to take on Illinois next week in a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
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Recap: Wisconsin's defense shines as offense struggles in win (w/video from Stave)
Jazz Peavy Stepping Up in Wisconsin's Offense (w/video from Peavy)
Notes: T.J. Edwards' career day, UW's OL shuffle, Corey Clement DNP (w/video from Edwards)
10 plays, 81 yards, 5:32 TOP, 9:25 left
Alec Ingold 4-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: On an early third-and-5, Joel Stave hit Jazz Peavy for 20 yards over the middle, giving Wisconsin a first down to the Purdue 45.
9 plays, 29 yards, 3:46 TOP, 12:44 left
David Blough 2-yard run (Paul Griggs kick)
Key Play: Trying to make something out of nothing, Joel Stave made a dreadful throw to no UW player in particular. Leroy Clark took advantage, returning the easy pick 66 yards from Purdue's 5 to the UW 29.
11 plays, 65 yards, 5:50 TOP, 6:54 left
FG Rafael Gaglianone 28
Key Play: Jazz Peavy continues to step up into a bigger role for Wisconsin. After his first-down catch on UW's scoring drive, Peavy again found a seam over the middle for a 28-yard gain down to the Purdue 12. Unfortunately, a 15-yard chop-block penalty on first down killed the momentum.
5 plays, 33 yards, 2:15 TOP, 0:00 left
Dare Ogunbowale 4-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin's wreck of an offense needs all the help it can get. A 29-yard punt by Purdue's Joe Schopper certainly helped, giving UW the ball on the Boilers' 33.
11 plays, 66 yards, 6:02 TOP, 7:16 left
Alec Ingold 1-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: A big pass intereference penalty by Purdue on third down helped Wisconsin move the chains, giving the Badgers new life at the Purdue 33.
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