Oct. 21, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -P.J. Hill ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 21 Wisconsin beat Purdue 24-3 Saturday.
John Stocco completed 13 of 21 passes for 201 yards for the Badgers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten).
Purdue's Curtis Painter completed 20 of 40 passes for 187 yards. He entered the game ranked second in the nation in passing yards, but never found a rhythm.
Wisconsin, which entered the game with the nation's sixth-ranked defense, held the nation's fourth-ranked offense to 286 yards, 185 below its average. It was the first time since a 31-3 loss to Michigan on Oct. 25, 2003, that Purdue failed to score at least 10 points.
Purdue (5-3, 2-2) entered the game with the nation's 111th-ranked defense, but that wasn't the problem Saturday. Defense kept the Boilermakers in the game, but Wisconsin dominated time of possession, and eventually, Purdue wore down.
The Boilermakers drove 60 yards on the opening possession of the second half, but Chris Summers missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, and Wisconsin maintained its 10-3 lead.
Wisconsin came back with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that Hill capped with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 17-3 lead.
A 46-yard run by Hill set up Wisconsin's final touchdown, an 8-yard run by Lance Smith with 6:30 remaining.
Hill's 1-yard touchdown run with 8:13 left in the second quarter gave the Badgers a 7-3 lead.
Purdue defensive tackle Ryan Baker intercepted Stocco and gave the Boilermakers the ball at the 50. Purdue drove to the Wisconsin 23, but rather than attempting to kick a field goal into a stiff wind, the Boilermakers went for it on fourth down. Painter's pass to Greg Orton was incomplete, and the Badgers took over. Wisconsin capitalized when Taylor Mehlhaff kicked a 51-yard field goal that gave the Badgers a 10-3 lead with 1:15 left in the first half.
After holding Purdue to a three-and-out, Wisconsin had a chance to increase its lead. The Badgers reached the Purdue 18 with 11 seconds left in the half when Stocco fumbled while trying to spike the ball to stop the clock. Wisconsin had no timeouts, so the clock ran out.
Purdue opened the scoring when Chris Summers kicked a 47-yard field goal with 5:16 left in the first quarter.
Wisconsin held Purdue to 106 yards in the first half.