Drive Blog: UW Pitches A Shutout

Follow Badger Nation's Drive Blog! From beginning to end, the Badgers look like an angry football team that was ready to flex its muscles after two straight losses. John Clay scored three touchdowns and the Badgers were in control the entire game, earning a 37-0 victory Saturday.

MADISON - Simply put, it was a boo-tiful performance by the Wisconsin football team.

The Badgers rack up over 350 yards of total offense, including over 250 yards on the ground, and the Wisconsin defense limits Purdue to only 99 total yards through three quarters, sending most of the 79,920 fans home happy with a crushing victory over Purdue on Halloween Saturday.

Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) got three rushing touchdowns from John Clay, a special teams touchdown from Aaron Henry and three field goals from Philip Welch. The Badgers took the opening possession 80 yards for a score and never looked back on a chilly afternoon at Camp Randall.

The win makes Wisconsin bowl eligible for an eighth-straight season, extending the school record, while Purdue (3-6, 2-3) sees its two-game win streak snapped.

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Purdue (3-5, 2-2) vs. Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2)

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

11 plays, 80 yards, 5:33 TOP, 9:27 left

John Clay one-yard run (Philip Welch kick)

Key Play: Wisconsin did something we haven't seen before, a mini end-around to tight end Lance Kendricks. UW ran it twice on the drive, including the first offensive play, going for 21 and 16 yards, respectively.

Second Quarter

10-0 Wisconsin

11 plays, 65 yards, 5:04 TOP, 14:50 left

FG Philip Welch 32

Key Play: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Wisconsin continues to pound the ball on the ground, and John Clay hasn't been stopped yet. On third-and-2, Clay went 30 yards through the left side of the line to get UW in business at the Purdue 31.

17-0 Wisconsin

4 plays, 20 yards, 1:57 TOP, 5:01 left

John Clay one-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: After a replay review overturned his first-quarter forced fumble, sophomore Devin Smith made sure no replay was necessary in the second, as the sophomore jumped a Joey Elliott pass to give UW possession on the Purdue 20.

24-0 Wisconsin

4:30 left

Aaron Henry returns block punt seven-yards (Welch kick)

Key Play: Earlier in the season, David Gilbert was the benefactor of recovering a block punt in the end zone for a score. This time, he created the madness. Gilbert went up and over a three-man wedge to block the punt, doing a somersault for good measure.

Second Half

Third Quarter

31-0 Wisconsin

2 plays, 58 yards, 1:08 TOP, 13:19 left

John Clay recovers own fumble in the end zone (Welch kick)

Key Play: Is there anything Lance Kendricks can't do? A standout tight end and special teams player, Kendricks took his third tight end end-around 54 yards down the Purdue sideline, giving UW a first down at the 4.

34-0 Wisconsin

7 plays, 47 yards, 3:28 TOP, 8:26 left

FG Welch 42

Key Play: Junior Scott Tolzien aired out a perfect pass for Nick Toon, leading the sophomore perfectly and Toon made a diving 37-yard catch to set the Badgers up at the 22-yard line.

Fourth Quarter

37-0 Wisconsin

8 plays, 15 yards, 4:02 TOP, 12:13 left

FG Welch 22

Key Play: Making his first career start, Chris Borland forced a fumble on freshman Gary Bush and recovering it at the Purdue 20, setting up the great field position.

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