Wisconsin/Purdue postgame notes

Notes from Wisconsin's 31-20 win over Purdue

  • Badger quarterback John Stocco finished with 217 passing yards on 15-for-26 passing Saturday, his sixth game with at least 200 yards passing in his career. Stocco also finished with a net four yards rushing. He gained 33 yards on 11 touches but lost 29 yards on three sacks.
  • Badger tailback Brian Calhoun caught his first touchdown pass at Wisconsin, a 23-yard pass from Stocco, early in the first quarter. His second receiving touchdown was a 40-yarder late in the third quarter.
  • Purdue kicker Ben Jones kicked his third field goal of 50 yards or more in his career Saturday when he knocked a 50-yarder through the uprights midway through the third quarter.
  • Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff missed two field goals Saturday, a 50-yarder and a 47-yarder. His career long is a 46-yard field goal against Northwestern.
  • Wisconsin's defense gave up just 119 rushing yards in the first three games combined but has allowed 1,208 yards in five conference games, including 216 against Purdue.
  • The last time the Badgers recorded a sack was against Indiana, when defensive ends Joe Monty and Matt Shaughnessy each recorded one. The Badgers had 16 sacks in their first five games, but have zero in the past three contests.
  • Purdue was called for eight penalties for 79 yards Saturday, while Wisconsin was called for just one, a 10-yard facemask penalty on left tackle Joe Thomas. Wisconsin's opponents prior to the Purdue game averaged 67 yards in penalties per game, while the Badgers averaged 50.6 penalty yards per game in their first seven games.
  • With seven wins this season, the 7-1 Badgers are now eligible for a post-season bowl game.
  • Wisconsin has won 11 straight games at Camp Randall, the longest home winning streak in the modern era at Wisconsin and the fifth-longest streak in the country.
  • Free safety Roderick Rogers picked off his third career interception, which he returned 84 yards for his first career touchdown. That 84-yard return was the fifth longest in school history and the longest since Jamar Fletcher's 87-yard return Nov. 11, 2000.
  • Calhoun became the 18th 1,000-yard rusher in school history on Saturday. He now has 219 rushes for 1,021 yards.
  • Stocco has thrown 14 touchdown passes this season, including 10 in the last four games. Stocco is tied for seventh on the single-season school list.
  • Wisconsin's five forced turnovers Saturday was the most since the Badgers recovered two fumbles and intercepted three passes against Illinois on Nov. 9, 2002.
  • Since the two teams met last season, Wisconsin has gone 10-4, including a win at Purdue Oct. 16, 2004, while Purdue has gone 4-10. Purdue has lost its last five games, with its last win coming Sept. 17 at Arizona.
  • Purdue and Wisconsin do not have a bye week during the conference season. Purdue's bye week was Sept. 3, the first game of the season, while Wisconsin's is Nov. 19, a week after its last conference game against Iowa.
  • The last time Wisconsin defeated Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue in the same season was 1981. The Badgers beat No. 1 Michigan 21-14 Sept. 12 of that year, Purdue 20-14 Oct. 3 and Minnesota 26-21 Nov. 21.

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