The Wisconsin football team had not won on the road heading into Saturday’s contest at Purdue. That changed in a big way as the Badgers (2-1 Big Ten / 5-2 overall) pounded the Boilermakers (0-2 / 3-3) at a rainy Ross-Ade Stadium, 38-14. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had the game that many have been waiting for as he ran for 247 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. With his three scores, Ball becomes the Big Ten’s all-time leader in touchdowns with 72. The redshirt-senior said it was a much-needed performance…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BALL1.mp3|titles=BALL1]
The Wisconsin ground game hit on all cylinders at Purdue. The Badgers ran for 467 yards as James White added 131 yards and a TD on 16 carries and Melvin Gordon went for 82 yards on seven carries. Center Travis Frederick and the rest of the offensive line was more than happy to get big production out of the running game…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FREDERICK1.mp3|titles=FREDERICK1]
Wisconsin quaterback Joel Stave completed 12 of 21 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and he threw an interception. Stave believes that Saturday’s win puts the Badgers on the right track…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/STAVE1.mp3|titles=STAVE1]
After giving up a touchdown to Purdue within the first 38 seconds of the game, Wisconsin scored 38 consecutive points before a late Boilermakers touchdown. The Badgers defense recorded five sacks and free safety Dezmen Southward intercepted a pass. Wisconsin will host Minnesota Saturday in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Pregame coverage on 93.9 FM WDOR begins at 9 AM. Kickoff from Camp Randall is at 11 AM.
With his three touchdowns against Purdue, Montee Ball now has 72. That breaks former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne’s Big Ten record.
Wisconsin has now won seven straight against Purdue and nine of the latest eleven. The Badgers have won five in a row at Ross-Ade Stadium.