Scott Starks was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week Monday. The senior cornerback helped force a fumble and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning score with 2:36 left. Wisconsin remained undefeated (7-0 overall, 4-0 Big Ten), handing Purdue (5-1, 2-1) its first loss of the season by a 20-17 margin.
Starks also tallied a had game high and established a new career best with nine tackles, including eight solo stops, and picked off Boilermakers' quarterback Kyle Orton at the Wisconsin 17-yard line to halt a potential first-half scoring drive.
The Badgers defense, which entered the game leading the country in points and yards allowed, held Purdue's explosive attack to 17 points, more than 24 points below its season average of 41.8 points per contest.
This is the first weekly accolade for Starks in his career and the third for a UW defensive player in the last five weeks. Erasmus James won the award in back-to-back weeks earlier this season.
Starks is Wisconsin's third-leading tackler with 32. He also has four tackles for loss, one sack, eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries this season.
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