Grading out

Report card from Wisconsin's 26-23 loss to Purdue

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Jim Sorgi turned the ball over twice in the early going, and was under intense pressure. He completed six of nine passes for 118 yards prior to suffering an injury in the third quarter. Sorgi was sacked four times and also took two big hits immediately after he delivering passes. Despite the mistakes early, Sorgi made some nice plays before the injury occurred.


Matt Schabert replaced Sorgi and played well, completing five of nine passes for 78 yards. He too, though, was hampered by a persistent Purdue pass rush, taking three sacks.


Purdue game grade: B


Season-to-date GPA: 2.75


Running backs


Anthony Davis ran hard and displayed the talent that makes him one of the game's best game breakers. A 5.3 yards per carry average against Purdue's defense is impressive. Davis, though, did fumble. Dwayne Smith and Booker Stanley had few opportunities running the ball, but Smith and fullback Matt Bernstein had nice gains on pass receptions.


Purdue game grade: B


Season-to-date GPA: 3.38




Purdue's secondary did the best job of any team this season covering Wisconsin's receivers. Still, the Badgers were able to get separation and make some key plays highlighted by Lee Evans' 45-yard reception.


Purdue game grade: B


Season-to-date GPA: 3.38


Offensive line


The Badgers offensive line struggled to keep Purdue's front four at bay and could not consistently open running lanes. There were few breakdowns here; the Boilermakers simply outplayed them in a hard fought game.


Purdue game grade: C


Season-to-date GPA: 3.19


Defensive line


Alex Lewis was practically unblockable when he lined up at defensive end. The rest of the Badgers line played well also, particularly the interior players, with Anttaj Hawthorne turning in another solid performance and Jason Jefferson and Kalvin Barrett doing a good job clogging up the middle.


Purdue game grade: A


Season-to-date GPA: 3.31




Lewis and Jeff Mack were the image of perseverance Saturday. Mack finished with 11 tackles, often chasing Purdue's nifty receivers. The linebackers are partly culpable for Purdue's success on underneath pass routes early in the game, but by and large this group played exceptionally well. If not for Mack's 55-yard fumble return for touchdown, the game could have gotten very ugly early.


Purdue game grade: A


Season-to-date GPA: 3.06




Wisconsin's secondary played well for most of the second half, but yielded far too many completions in the first half and could not stop Purdue on the game-deciding drive. Levonne Rowan struggled in coverage Saturday and lost his cool far too quickly when he reacted on a play along the sidelines and was called for a personal foul.


Purdue game grade: BC


Season-to-date GPA: 2.63


Special teams


Wisconsin did a very good job covering kicks and punts against one of the better return games around. Jim Leonhard's punt return for touchdown was a thing of beauty. Mike Allen hit a field goal, but did miss an extra point.


Purdue game grade: A


Season-to-date GPA: 2.63

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