What: No. 19 Wisconsin (6-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (2-4, 0-3)
When: 2:30 p.m. Central, Saturday, Oct. 22
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (80,321, Field Turf)
Broadcasts: ABC live TV coverage; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage; Wisconsin Pubic Television tape-delayed broadcast at 10:30 p.m.
Purdue versus Wisconsin: The Badgers are 37-29-8 against Purdue. That includes a 20-17 win over the Boilermakers last year in West Lafayette and a 26-23 loss in Madison in 2003; both games came down to the wire.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 16th and final season at UW. He has a 114-71-4 career record, including a 63-58-3 mark in conference games.
Alvarez all-time versus Purdue
|Oct. 19, 1991||Ross-Ade Stadium||Purdue 28, Wisconsin 7|
|Oct. 17, 1992||Camp Randall||Wisconsin 19, Purdue 16|
|Oct. 16, 1993||Ross-Ade Stadium||No. 16 Wisconsin 42, Purdue 28|
|Oct. 15, 1994||Camp Randall||No. 23 Wisconsin 27, Purdue 27|
|Nov. 4, 1995||Ross-Ade Stadium||Purdue 38, Wisconsin 27|
|Nov. 2, 1996||Camp Randall Stadium||Wisconsin 33, Purdue 25|
|Oct. 18, 1997||Ross-Ade Stadium||Purdue 45, No. 24 Wisconsin 20|
|Oct. 10, 1998||Camp Randall Stadium||No.12 Wisconsin 31, Purdue 24|
|Nov. 6, 1999||Ross-Ade Stadium||No. 10 Wisconsin 28, No.17 Purdue 21|
|Oct. 21, 2000||Camp Randall Stadium||No. 17 Purdue 30, Wisconsin 24 (OT)|
|Oct. 18, 2003||Camp Randall Stadium||No. 13 Purdue 26, No. 14 Wisconsin 23|
|Oct. 16, 2004||Ross-Ade Stadium||No. 10 Wisconsin 20, No. 5 Purdue 17|
Purdue coach Joe Tiller is 103-71-1 in his 15th year as a head coach (Purdue and Wyoming). Midway through his ninth year with the Boilermakers, he is 64-41, including 40-27 in the Big Ten.
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- A Minnesota punt that was blocked by Jonathan Casillas and recovered by Ben Strickland for a game-winning touchdown last Saturday was named the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week. This is the second game-changing honor for the Badgers this season and the third overall. Last season, Scott Starks picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to beat Purdue. That play was not only Game Changing Performance of the Week but Game Changing Performance of the Year.
- Wisconsin has gone 9-4 in its last 13 outings, including its Oct. 16 win over Purdue last year. The Boilermakers, meanwhile, have limped to a 4-9 record in that same stretch.
- "Jump Around," the House of Pain song that has become a Wisconsin tradition following the third quarter of home football games, was first played in Wisconsin's 31-24 win over Purdue in 1998. That was the last time Wisconsin defeated Purdue at home.
- Receiver Brandon Williams needs one catch to break Lee Evans' career pass receptions record. Williams comes into the game with 175 receptions. Williams also needs eight yards to become the first player in Wisconsin history to accumulate at least 500 receiving yards in four different seasons.
- Running back Brian Calhoun needs 41 rushing yards to reach 1,000 this season.
- Wisconsin's offense is second in the Big Ten and ninth nationally in third-down conversion percentage at 49.5 percent.
- Wisconsin will play its 98th Homecoming game Saturday. That includes four Homecoming games (two wins and two losses) against Purdue in the Alvarez era.
- Wisconsin has already scored 36 more points this season than all of last season. The Badgers have 285 points heading into Saturday's game; last season, they scored 249 points.
- Wisconsin is tied for third in the conference with 16 sacks on opposing quarterbacks. Nick Hayden and Kurt Ware lead the Badgers with 2.5 sacks each.
- The Boilermakers' five losses last season were by a combined 14 points.
- If Purdue wins Saturday, the Boilermakers will end a four-game losing streak, which is tied for the longest under Tiller.
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