Badgers beat Purdue 35-24 in homecoming game
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Purdue's attempt to spoil the Badgers' homecoming was unsuccessful. Wisconsin beats Purdue 35-24.
This was Jim Leonhard's first game in Madison since being named the interim head coach earlier this month.
On the Badgers' first offensive drive, they didn't take long to get the ball moving. They scored in just six plays for a total of 76 yards after a touchdown pass to Skyler Bell. After the PAT, it was 7-0 Badgers over Purdue.
It took Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell just three plays before throwing a pick-six to John Torchio. That was his second one of the season. After the PAT, it was 14-0 Badgers.
Purdue took over and moved the ball well offensively until they were in the red zone. Purdue kicker Mitchell Fineran missed a 26-yard field goal to keep the score the same, 14-0 Badgers.
The Badgers took over and scored on a Chimere Dike three-yard touchdown reception. After the PAT, it was 21-0 Badgers.
After the first quarter, it was 21-0 Badgers.
Much of the second quarter was quiet for both teams. Every time Purdue had the ball, O'Connell really struggled to find momentum. The Badgers were the same.
However, Purdue put their first points on the board with just a few minutes left before halftime. It was then 21-3 Badgers over Purdue.
By halftime, the Badgers had a commanding 21-3 lead over Purdue.
Purdue started with the ball in the second half and just a few plays in, Torchio picked off O'Connell. Badgers took over in solid field position.
On their second play of the drive, Braelon Allen ran it in for a 14-yard touchdown. After the PAT, it was 28-3 Badgers.
About halfway into the third quarter, Allen left the game with a left arm injury.
The next three offensive drives were punts from both teams. With just a few minutes left to go in the third quarter, O'Connell threw a touchdown pass to tight end Payne Durham. After the PAT, it was 28-10 Badgers over Purdue.
On their next offensive drive, the Badgers marched down the field and scored on an Isaac Guerendo 54-yard run. After the PAT, it was 35-10 Badgers.
After the third quarter, it was 35-10
Badgers over Purdue.
With just a few minutes into the fourth quarter, Purdue scored on the goal line that looked quite short. The ruling on the field was ruled a touchdown. After the PAT, it was 35-17 Badgers.
Shortly after, O'Connell threw another interception. This time, it was Jordan Turner -- after he made a big goal-line stop that ended up being called a Purdue touchdown.
Shortly after, it didn't take long for Purdue to score on an O'Connell one-yard touchdown run. After the PAT, it was 35-24 Badgers over Purdue.
The Boilermakers' onside kick was unsuccessful.
The Badgers have a bye week next week before coming back to take on Maryland at home.