Wisconsin bounces back with 35-24 dominating performance vs Purdue.

There was no way Wisconsin was losing this game.

After dropping a tough double-overtime loss to Michigan State last week, Wisconsin came out firing on all cylinders in the first half. Fueled by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Graham Mertz to redshirt freshman Skylar Bell, you just had an idea this was a different Wisconsin team from last week.

Safety John Torchio put the Badgers up 14-0 with a 31-yard interception return.

Purdue drove all the way to Wisconsin’s nine-yard line on their next drive, but kicker Mitchell Fineran hooked a 26-yard field goal and the score remained 14-0. Wisconsin on the next possession, took an eight play 80 yard drive that resulted in a Mertz three-yard touchdown to WR Chimere Dike to go up 21-0.

Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell was intercepted again to start the second half, and Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen scored two plays later on a 14-yard touchdown run. Turnovers were the theme for Aidan O’Connell all-day; O’Connell had three interceptions and looked uncomfortable against the stout Badger defense.

Running back Braelon Allen put up his third consecutive 100-yard game as he rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Allen since last season, has 13 games in which he’s gone over 100 yards rushing. That is a remarkable stat for someone who is only a sophomore.

OTHER NOTES:

Isaac Guerendo had a 54-yard rushing touchdown to put Wisconsin up 35-10.

Star linebacker Nick Herbig did not play in Saturday’s game due to an undisclosed injury.

Purdue caught a break on this play:

I mean that wasn’t even close and it takes away from a great play made by Jordan Turner.

Odd stat:

Purdue held the ball for 35 minutes on Saturday and gained 431 yards in total offense, and yet somehow lost by 11 to Wisconsin. It just goes to show that turnovers will kill any offense.

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