Kendricks carried the ball four times for 91 yards, setting up Wisconsin's first and fifth touchdowns.
"I was a little nervous, because I have never run the ball," Kendricks said. "(The first play) got me ready to go."
Kendricks took the opening end-around 21 yards to get the Badgers near midfield and carried the ball again in the red zone, a 12-yard scamper that put UW first and goal at the 6.
But the real kicker was UW's first play of the second half. With UW up 24-0, Kendricks took his third end-around 54 yards down the Purdue sideline, giving UW a first down at the 4. One play later, Clay was in the end zone for the third time.
"I was trying to beat out Clay," said Kendricks, who finished 32 yards behind the sophomore. "We had a competition going."
There was little competition when it came to Wisconsin's running attack against Purdue's run defense. The Badgers got positive run yards from seven players, running up the middle with ease and around the edges, as six of UW's seven end-arounds gained positive yards for the offense.
"It was definitely good to establish the run right away," Kendricks said. "That established the tone for the rest of the game, just knowing we would be able to run the ball."
Gilbert Strikes Again
Earlier in the season, David Gilbert was the benefactor of teammate Chris Borland going up and over and three-man wedge to block a punt into the end zone, where Gilbert secured the ball short of the end line for his first collegiate 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.
"He asked me right before that play, ‘Coach, can I jump it?' and I said, ‘Absolutely,'" Bielema said. "Unbelievable play."
Gilbert admitted to stealing a page from Borland's block in the Wofford game, when Borland went up and over the edge of the seal to make the play. Gilbert did the same thing, almost.
"I didn't steal the land-on-my-neck part from him," Gilbert chuckled.
The moment was even better for Gilbert, who was celebrating his 18th birthday Saturday and had his parents and little brother in town.
"That dude is going to be a monster," senior O'Brien Schofield said. "You can tell that he loves football. He doesn't get a lot of reps on base defense but when he gets out there, for a guy like that to try and make plays and give his best effort, it shows his effort."
Borland the Beast
When Mike Taylor went down for the remainder of the season with an ACL in the loss to Iowa, the coaching staff inserted Borland into the void, despite the true freshman already playing a key part on all four special teams units.
In his first career start, Borland showed he could handle the workload, registering four, including forcing a fumble on freshman Gary Bush and recovering it at the Purdue 20, setting up a UW field goal and another fumble recovery to end the game.
"The kid is unbelievable," Bielema said. "The offensive coaches want him at fullback, I want him on every special teams and (defensive coordinator) Dave Doeren wants him on every play."
After playing on both offense and defense and all four special teams phases at Archbishop Alter (Ohio) High, Borland feels comfortable with the amount on his table, and doesn't plan on relenting anytime soon.
"I am having a lot of fun," Borland said. "You can't go out there and force anything. You just have to go out there and enjoy yourself."
Offensive Line Rebound
Ohio State's defensive line outplayed Wisconsin's offensive line and the Buckeyes beat UW three weeks ago. Iowa's defensive line got off to a slow start but eventually dominated the UW front line in a come-from-behind victory. With position coach Bob Bostad not pleased, the Badgers rebounded, to a degree.
Going against a starting front that combined for 13½ sacks and 28½ tackles for loss, the Badgers linemen only gave up three sacks, including 1.5 sacks to defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, who entered the game as one of the best rushes in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
"It was good, but I think it could have been better," said junior guard John Moffitt, as the Badgers also gave up eight TFLs. "I think we gave up a little too much in the sack department, and maybe we could have put up more rushing yards. It was a good performance, but I think it needs to be cleaned up."
But for the amount of times UW ran the ball, the Badgers can't complain. Wisconsin ran for 266 yards and three scores, averaging five yards per carry on the ground. The Badgers rushed for at least 200 yards for the third time this season.
"I think it was reflected in the way we practiced," Moffitt said. "We wanted to line up and pound the ball like we always do."
Appleton on the Board
Bielema talked on Monday about forcing Kraig Appleton into a series where the freshman from East St. Louis could get his first catch. That chance came with less than seven minutes in the third quarter. On an out route, Appleton gained separation from his defender, but Tolzien's pass was high because of defensive pressure, causing the pass to sail over Appleton.
Showing his athleticism, Appleton was able to get a hand on it, but couldn't get his foot down in bounds for the completion. On the next drive, Appleton got on the board, catching a little out route from Curt Phillips for a six-yard gain, creating a potential dynamite connection for the future.
"I knew I had it when the fans started cheering," Appleton said. "My teammates told me to be patient and that my time would come."
Extra Points: Sophomore kicker Philip Welch appeared to fix the kinks in his swing, going 3-of-3 in field goal attempts with a long of 42 … The only injury Bielema announced in the post-game press conference was Kevin Claxton suffering a minor concussion … Wisconsin passed for only 115 yards, its lowest passing total in a winning effort since throwing for 75 yards against Akron in 2008.