Purdue played at Wisconsin yesterday in a battle of defenses. The seventh-ranked Wisconsin was too much for Purdue’s offense to handle and the game ended with a 17-9 score where Purdue failed to score any touchdowns.
Wisconsin’s running back Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards off of 30 carries, and one rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown came at the start of the game, a 67-yard touchdown gallop that gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead with 13:35 left in the first quarter. Purdue’s defense was able to rally after that and gain composure that would last the rest of the game and prevent a Wisconsin blow out.
Purdue’s defense gave the struggling offense many chances for redemption; however the high caliber Wisconsin defense was too much for Elijah Sindelar and the Purdue offense to overcome.
Purdue’s Da’Wan Hunte caught his first career interception. Danny Ezechukwu came away with an interception and Ju’Whuan Bentley led Purdue with 12 tackles.
In the second quarter, Garrett Hudson blocked a Wisconsin punt and Race Johnson brought it back 18 yards. This led to a field goal attempt by J.D. Dellinger from 32 yards that went wide left.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Purdue’s Lorenzo Neil knocked the ball loose on Taylor at the goal line. The score was 17-9, and a touchdown and two-point conversion would have tied this game. However, Purdue was unable to convert and quickly punted the ball back to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin went three and out on their next drive, the score was still 17-9 and Purdue had the ball at the 39-yard line with 10:33 left in the game. Purdue moved down the field, gaining 54 yards and were within 10 of the goal line; however, Sindelar’s pass to Jackson Anthrop was intercepted by Wisconsin’s Leon Jacobs, crushing Purdue’s comeback dreams.
Purdue never got the ball back. Wisconsin took 8:14 left on the clock and prevented the Purdue offense from getting the ball back.
Purdue’s defense held this power offense to 17 points, caused two interceptions and one fumble. They held strong, and even with 494 yards of offense, they only allowed 17 points.
Wisconsin finished with 494 yards compared to Purdue’s 221 yards. The Badgers had 295 yards on the ground; Purdue only had 66 rushing yards. Purdue won the turnover battle
Sindelar started for the Boilers and finished the game with 155 passing yards. David Blough was only on the field for a few plays where he generated zero passing yards and was sacked twice.
Yesterday’s matchup saw running back Markell Jones back for Purdue. Jones finished with 20 yards. D.J. Knox led the Boilers on the ground with 31 yards.
Tight end Brycen Hopkins led Purdue in receiving yards with 48 yards and wide receiver Anthony Mohoungou finished with 34 receiving yards. Anthrop had a rough day only catching two balls for 21 yards.
Purdue attempted four field goals yesterday between two kickers, Spencer Evans and J.D. Dellinger. Evans was 2-2 from 36 yards and 49 yards. Dellinger was 1-2 on kicks yesterday, he hit one from 40 yards and missed one from 32 yards.
It was a rough day for the Purdue offense, but in the end, the Boilermakers played strong against the seventh-team in the nation. The improvement from this year to last is outstanding. Purdue holds a 3-3 record, 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilers are on the road again at Rutgers next weekend for their first noon kick off this season. Rutgers is 2-4 on the season and won yesterday against Illinois 35-24 at Illinois.
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