What you need to know when No.6 Wisconsin faces Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday

How to watch or listen to No.6 Wisconsin's Big Ten contest against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday and what you need to know.

No.6 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. CT

Stadium – Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236/grass)

Television – ABC (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin leads 46-29-8 (Wisconsin leads 20-17-3 in West Lafayette, Ind.)

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 24-7, on Oct. 17, 2015 in Madison

Series Notes

Wisconsin has won 10 straight meetings with Purdue, marking the longest win streak by either team in the history of the schools’ all-time series, which dates back to 1892.

During their 10-game win streak over Purdue, the Badgers have averaged 34.5 points per game, topping the 30-point mark seven times. On defense, UW has allowed the Boilermakers an average of 11.7 points during the streak, for an average margin of victory of 22.8 points.

UW’s win streak dates back to a thrilling victory on Oct. 16, 2004 set up by CB Scott Starks’ 40-yard fumble recovery touchdown with 2:36 remaining. The play capped a fourth quarter that saw No. 10 Wisconsin rally from a 17-7 deficit to score a 20-17 win over the No. 5 Boilermakers in West Lafayette.

Since that night, Wisconsin owns an overall record of 118-44 (.728) and Purdue is 58-94 (.382).

The Badgers have won nine straight regular-season games in the state of Indiana, dating back to 2002, going 4-0 vs. Indiana in Bloomington and 5-0 vs. Purdue in West Lafayette. UW also is 2-1 in its three appearances in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.

Connections

Second-year Wisconsin outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar served as defensive coordinator at Purdue in 2012.

Wisconsin freshman linebacker Noah Burks is the lone Indiana native on the Badgers’ roster. Purdue has no Wisconsin natives on the roster.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

UW’s defense has allowed opponents an average of 12.0 points in the Badgers’ four road games this season (all in Big Ten play), giving up a total of just three touchdowns. Wisconsin has held three of its four opponents under 10 points, going 3-0 in those road games.

Including a field goal scored by Illinois last Saturday, Wisconsin has allowed a total of 9 points in the first quarter of its 10 games this season. That mark of 0.9 points gives UW the FBS’ lowest opponent scoring average in the first quarter. Ohio (1.1) ranks second, with Florida (1.9) third.

Opponents are averaging just 3.36 points per red-zone trip against UW’s defense, the sixth-best mark in the FBS. Ohio State (2.89) has the nation’s top mark, followed by LSU (3.00).

The Badgers are averaging 235.8 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per attempt over their last five contests. UW averaged 161.6 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry over its first five games.

Purdue Notes to Consider

Markus Bailey is first on the team in tackles with 80 and interceptions with two. Just seven Boilermakers have ever finished a season with that feat, including two who have done it twice.

Purdue is averaging 309.2 passing yards per game to lead the Big Ten conference and rank 18th nationally. That total currently is the sixth-highest in school history.

Freshmen have accounted for 101 points, 413 rushing yards, 149 passing yards, 390 receiving yards, three interceptions, 160 tackles, a sack, 7.0 tackles for loss and four PBUs this season.

Purdue’s offense ranks 27th in the country in third-down conversions with a success rate of 45.7 percent. The defense, however, is on the other end of the spectrum, yielding first downs on 48.0 percent of occasions. That ranks 118th.

 


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