WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Another lesser opponent meant easy work for the University of Wisconsin. It just took a little while to get going.
After a porous first quarter that saw them trail after 15 minutes for the first time this season, No.6 Wisconsin got its act together by scoring 35 points in the second half on its way to a 49-20 victory over Purdue as a sparsely populated Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday.
Winners of five straight, Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) scored five touchdowns in the second quarter: three rushing touchdowns (two from Bradrick Shaw and one from Alec Ingold), a 17-yard passing touchdown from @Bart Houston to Ingold and outside linebacker T.J. Watt delivering on a 17-yard interception return, one of three interceptions the Badgers created in the second stanza.
Wisconsin’s 35 points were the most in a quarter since scoring 35 in the second quarter against Northwestern in Nov. 2010.
The Badgers did it with speed, too, as eight seconds separated their first two scores and 14 seconds separated their third and fourth scores.
It was clear sailing after that, as Wisconsin’s defense limited Purdue (3-8, 1-7) to only 95 yards in the second half while steadily building its lead.
Both Houston and Alex Hornibrook threw touchdown passes, Corey Clement went over 1,000 yards for the season with a 112-yard performance (his fifth 100-yard game in the last six weeks) and a 6-yard touchdown, Shaw finished with 68 yards and his two scores and senior tailback Dare Ogunbowale led the pass catchers with three catches for 62 yards, including a 34-yard screen pass that set up a second-quarter score.
Wisconsin returns home next weekend for the regular season against Minnesota (8-3, 5-3) with a berth in the Big Ten championship game on the line.
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14 plays, 55 yards, 5:07 TOP, 4:56 left
FG J.D. Dellinger 28
Key Play: Wisconsin forced an incomplete pass on third-and-9 at the Wisconsin 38, but lineman Conor Sheehy jumped offsides prior to the snap. On third-and-4, David Blough hit DeAngelo Yancey for a 7-yard gain and a first down.
10 plays, 87 yards, 4:30 TOP, 8:34 left
Alec Ingold 1-yard run (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: Bart Houston twice connected with Dare Ogunbowale on screen passes for big gains on third down, going 34 yards on third-and-12 to the Purdue 23 and 18 yards on third-and-8 to the Purdue 3.
1 play, 17 yards, 8:26 left
T.J. Watt 17-yard interception return (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: Watt - the former tight end - jammed the tailback coming out of the backfield on first down, blitzed the quarterback, leaped, picked off the pass and ran in from 17 yards out in one of the more athletic plays you'll see.
8 plays, 54 yards, 4:30 TOP, 8:26 left
Bradrick Shaw 7-yard run (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: On a second-and-14 (following UW's third false start penalty) from the Purdue 40, Houston hit Rob Wheelwright coming through traffic across the middle for a 20-yard gain to the Purdue 20.
1 play, 19 yards, :07 TOP, 2:49 left
Alec Ingold 19-yard pass from Bart Houston (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: On a first play following the Shaw touchdown, sophomore linebacker T.J. Edwards blitzed the gap and batted Blough's pass up into the air. Purdue's quarterback tried to bat the ball down but ended up hitting it into Edwards' chest.
1 play, 75 yards, :11 TOP, 2:38 left
DeAngelo Yancey 75-yard pass from David Blough (J.D. Dellinger kick)
Key Play: After Purdue's first two 1-play drives ended in interceptions, Blough hit Yancey - who beat cornerback Derrick Tindal off the line - in stride for a 75-yard catch-and-run down the sidelines.
5 plays, 65 yards, 1:47 TOP, :51 left
Bradrick Shaw 33-yard run (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: Michael Deiter took out defensive tackle Jake Replogle, the Badgers doubled defensive end Austin Larkin and Beau Benzschawel pulled into the gap to open the running lane, all of which made Shaw's run up the middle look incredibly easy.
9 plays, 28 yards, 3:42 TOP, 8:47 left
FG J.D. Dellinger 30
Key Play: After Jazz Peavy's muffed punt gave the ball back to Purdue at the UW 41, Purdue burned Wisconsin's special teams with a fake punt. A direct snap to one of the blockers, a sweep to the left and reverse to backup quarterback Elijah Sindelar allowed tight end Cole Herdman to sneak pass Leon Jacobs. The catch for 15 yards on fourth-and-11 gave UW a first down at the UW 26.
10 plays, 62 yards, 5:24 TOP, 3:23 left
Jazz Peavy 25-yard pass from Alex Hornibrook (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: Alex Hornibrook completed a couple third-down throws with the wind at his back, but his best throw was to Peavy in the slot on third-and-10 for the touchdown.
15 plays, 78 yards, 8:28 TOP, 7:41 left
Corey Clement 6-yard run (Andrew Endicott kick)
Key Play: Going into the wind, Alex Hornibrook hit Troy Fumagalli for a 28-yard gain on third-and-3 down to the Purdue 28. UW ran nine more plays after that to chew the clock.
8 plays, 73 yards, 3:26 TOP, 4:15 left
DeAngelo Yancey 10-yard pass from David Blough (J.D. Dellinger kick)
Key Play: Facing a third-and-3, reserve defensive end Billy Hirschfeld jumped offsides, giving the Boilermakers a fresh set of downs at the Wisconsin 20.
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