Purdue 28, Wisconsin 7
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Corey Rogers scored two touchdowns to end long drives and Jimmy Young returned his fifth interception of the season 29 yards for another score Saturday as Purdue defeated Wisconsin 28-7 in the Big Ten.
Rogers capped drives of 80 and 73 yards in the first half with a TD run of 1-yard and a 10-yard scoring reception to give the Boilermakers a 14-0 lead at the break.
Purdue (3-3 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) kept Wisconsin’s offense bottled up in the first half, allowing only 23 yards in the opening period and 54 in the second quarter.
Wisconsin (3-3, 0-3) didn’t get a first down until midway in the second period. The Badgers wasted a scoring opportunity in the opening minutes after Reggie Holt recovered a Purdue fumble on the Boilermakers 24. The Badgers sandwiched two incomplete passes by freshman Jay Macias with a 5-yard gain by Terrell Fletcher. Rich Thompson’s 37-yard field goal try was wide left.
The Boilermakers, who’ve already improved on last year’s 2-9 record, resorted to trickery in an 80-yard, 10-play drive for their first score. On the drive’s eighth play, Eric Hunter threw a lateral of about 25 yards to wide receiver Burt Thornton, a former high school quarterback. Thornton threw the ball back to Hunter, who powered his way to the 1 for a 34-yard gain. Two plays later, Rogers scored the game’s first TD.
Purdue scored again after Thompson missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. Hunter, who hit Ernest Calloway for 20 yards on a third-down play midway in the drive, found Rogers open at the 5 and once he caught the ball his only problem was remaining on his feet to score.
A 14-yard punt by Sam Veit gave Purdue possession at the Wisconsin 26 and, eight plays later, Jeff Hill scored the last TD on a 5-yard run. Purdue converted twice on third down during that drive as was seven of 13 overall.
Wisconsin, which had only two first downs in the first half, converted only four of 15 third downs and had an incomplete pass on its only fourth down play before scoring with 3:30 to play.
The Badgers moved 63 yards in 11 plays with Macias, who returned to the game after being replaced by senior Tony Lowery in the second quarter, connecting with Aaron Brown on a 23-yard pass. The score prevented Purdue from recording its first shutout since 1981.