Wisconsin-Purdue football score: Recap, stats (October 14, 2017)

Wisconsin remained undefeated with a 17-9 home win against Purdue on Saturday. Find the score and live updates below.

Wisconsin got another big game from RB Jonathan Taylor, as the freshman rushed for 200 yards — again. Wisconsin is now 6-0 overall (3-0 Big Ten).

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Wisconsin-Purdue football score, live updates

FINAL: Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9: Badgers freshman RB Jonathan Taylor had another monster game, rushing for more than 200 yards to help Wisconsin get to 6-0. The game was sloppy, but a win is a win and the Badgers are undefeated. Plus, with Clemson and Washington State both losing in shocking fashion, all that matters is winning.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9 (Q4, 8:14): Badgers outside linebacker Leon Jacobs comes up with the biggest play of the game, intercepting Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar in the red zone. Purdue certainly looked as thought it was going to score and have a chance to tie with a 2-point conversion.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9 (Q4, 12:01): Once again, Wisconsin’s defense comes up with a big stop. Purdue was able to drive past midfield following the Taylor fumble but ultimately was forced to punt. That drive could represent one of the key turning points, particularly if Wisconsin is able to score and put away this game.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9 (Q4, 14:53): Badgers tailback Jonathan Taylor fumbles the ball away at the 5-yard line to give the Boilermakers life. A touchdown there almost surely would have been too much for Purdue to overcome given how good Wisconsin’s defense has played. The longer Purdue hangs around, the quieter the stadium becomes.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9 (Q3, 0:00): This game is much closer than many people anticipated, including myself, but we knew entering the game that Purdue was a much improved team. The Boilermakers led Louisville and Michigan at halftime earlier this season but couldn’t close the deal. Let’s see if Purdue has what it takes to pull one of the biggest upsets of the season.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9 (Q3, 4:07): Purdue kicker J.D. Dellinger makes a 40-yard field goal, and the Boilermakers have made this a one-possession game. It feels as though Wisconsin has largely dominated and yet Purdue has given itself a chance. Stranger things have happened.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 6 (Q3, 5:33): A bizarre play there, but it results in a Purdue interception of Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook threw a pass that bounced off the hands of running back Rachid Ibrahim and was intercepted by Purdue defensive end Danny Ezechukwu.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 6 (Q2, 0:00): Purdue kicker Spencer Evans hits a 49-yard field goal as halftime arrives. Overall, a pretty solid performance by the Badgers. Purdue has been outscored 63-56 in the second half of games this season, and Wisconsin’s defense has been excellent after halftime. It will take a special performance for Purdue to pull off the upset.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 3 (Q2, 0:18): Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards is ejected for targeting late in the first half. Those are always difficult calls because the plays happen so quickly, but the Badgers will have to carry on without one of their top tacklers.

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 3 (Q2, 2:38): Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone hammers home a 46-yard field goal to put Wisconsin back in front by two touchdowns. Nice response for Wisconsin, which has controlled this game from the start.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q2, 6:59): Purdue kicker J.D. Dellinger misses a 42-yard field goal wide right. That’s a big-time stop from Wisconsin’s defense, which game up with two consecutive sacks to push back the Boilermakers. The defense seems to perform its best when it has its back against the wall. The Badgers entered the game leading the nation in opponent touchdown percentage in the red zone, allowing 5 touchdowns on 15 drives.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q2, 8:44): Purdue comes up with a huge blocked punt from Garret Hudson, which is picked up by teammate Race Johnson down to the Wisconsin 15-yard line. This could be a huge momentum shift for the Boilermakers.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q2, 13:31): Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook throws an interception to Boilermakers cornerback Dedrick Mackey. It looked as though Hornibrook and receiver Danny Davis had a miscommunication on the route. Hornibrook was talking to Davis and gesturing after the play.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q2, 14:53): Wisconsin officials provide an injury update on Badgers defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. The defensive line already has been missing Chikwe Obasih, so we’ll see how the line responds if Loudermilk can’t continue.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q1, 0:00): Wisconsin out-gained Purdue 158-54 in the first quarter. The Badgers are driving again as the second quarter begins. Purdue’s defense has improved significantly since last season. But the Boilermakers are really struggling to contain the Badgers’ offers, and this game could get out of hand in a hurry.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 3 (Q1, 1:14): Boilermakers kicker Spencer Evans buries a 36-yard field goal attempt to put Purdue on the board. Even though it wasn’t a touchdown, that was a crucial scoring drive for Purdue to stay in the game. Purdue has lost 11 consecutive games against Wisconsin, and the last 10 have been by double digits.

Wisconsin 14, Purdue 0 (Q1, 6:12): Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook fires a 14-yard strike to receiver Quintez Cephus, who was perfectly positioned at the front of the end zone between three Purdue defenders. Hornibrook was 4 of 4 for 63 yards on that drive. Cephus has developed into the Badgers’ clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver and already has 5 touchdown catches this season.

Wisconsin 7, Purdue 0 (Q1, 13:35): Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor breaks a carry up the middle for a 67-yard touchdown run. He took all three carries for 75 yards on that drive. Taylor simply can’t be stopped this season. It’s obviously extremely early, but he’s becoming a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate with each passing week. The more Wisconsin wins, the more it bolsters his chances of being a finalist.

Pregame updates

2:17 p.m.: Jon Dietzen is taking snaps with the first-team offense at left guard. He had been listed as questionable this week with a leg injury. That could be a big boost for the O-line, although Jason Erdmann played well at guard in Dietzen’s place against Nebraska.

1:55 p.m.: Be sure to click on our Facebook Live video from the Camp Randall Stadium press box. I ran down my 3 keys to the game and offered my score prediction.

12:43 p.m: A few players are warming up on the field. It will be interesting to see how much the weather impacts the game today. Wet conditions would make it more difficult to throw, which certainly benefits Wisconsin. Purdue thrives on airing the ball out with quarterbacks David Blough and Elijah Sindelar. Wisconsin would love nothing more than to turn this game into a ground-and-pound affair, led by tailback Jonathan Taylor.

12:05 p.m.: Wisconsin’s football team has arrived at rainy Camp Randall Stadium. Check out our video of the Badgers exiting the team bus.

Wisconsin-Purdue football odds

The line: Wisconsin -16 1/2

Over/under: 51 points

Wisconsin-Purdue preview

Wisconsin has won 11 consecutive games against Purdue, including the last 10 by double digits. The Badgers have outscored the Boilermakers by an average of 23.7 points. But Purdue has played quality football this season and has Wisconsin’s attention entering the game Saturday.

Defensively, Purdue ranked among the worst in the country in 2016 when it allowed 38.3 points per game. This season, the Boilermakers are allowing 20.8 points per game. Purdue (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) has lost a close game to Louisville, hammered Ohio and Missouri, hung tough with Michigan and defeated Minnesota. The Boilermakers haven’t won more than three games in a season since 2012. And they are  3-30 in conference games since 2012.

“We have a ton of respect for them as players,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said of Purdue’s defense. “And then I think they’re playing confident. That allows them to be fast. They’re playing at a high level, and quite honestly I think we’ll be challenged differently than any point to this season because of their defense and what they’re doing.”

First-year Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm has implemented a two-quarterback system featuring David Blough and Elijah Sindelar that has worked well. They have combined for 1,302 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Blough threw 21 interceptions last season. The two signal callers have been able to spread the ball around to several playmakers this season. Six different players have caught at least 10 passes, led by Jackson Antrhop, who has 21 catches for 207 yards with 4 touchdowns.

“It’s truly an offensive system, where everything kind of complements each other,” Chryst said. “They do a good job of making you have to defend the whole field. Obviously I think they do a heck of a job of coaching it. To get that type of execution and what looks to be understanding in a short time, it’s impressive.”

Wisconsin counters with a defense that has been stout, particularly in the second half. The Badgers’ defense has outscored opponents 18-14 in the second half. They have returned two interceptions for a touchdown and logged two safeties. If Purdue is to pull off the upset, the Boilermakers will have to do what few other teams have been able to achieve after halftime.

Safety D’Cota Dixon leads the Badgers with 36 total tackles. Wisconsin’s top three inside linebackers rank Nos. 2-4 in tackles: T.J. Edwards (29 tackles), Chris Orr (26) and Ryan Connelly (22).

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s offense has been led by freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. He rushed for a career-high 249 yards with 2 touchdowns against Nebraska last week. Taylor earned his second Big Ten offensive player of the week award. He leads the conference in rushing and ranks No. 4 nationally at 153.4 yards per game. Taylor earned the starting running back job in Week 2 and hasn’t looked back since.

Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook owns the Big Ten’s top pass efficiency mark at 167.2. He has completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,011 yards with 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has not been at his best in the team’s first two conference games against Northwestern and Nebraska but has the receiving weapons around him to produce another breakout day.

Sophomore Quintez Cephus has quickly developed into Wisconsin’s No. 1 wide receiver. He has 18 catches for 301 yards with 4 touchdowns. Tight end Troy Fumagalli is tied for the team lead with 18 catches despite missing Wisconisn’s Big Ten opener against Northwestern with a left leg injury. He has added 267 receiving yards with 3 touchdowns.

Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Purdue 47-29-8.

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