Oct. 18, 1997

Boilermakers Rout Wisconsin

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Edwin Watson ran for two of his three scores in the first quarter and Billy Dicken added three touchdown passes as Purdue scored on its first three possessions and remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 45-20 rout of number 24 Wisconsin.

The Boilermakers (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 1978 and their five-game winning streak is their best since 1980.

Purdue grabbed a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Dicken reeled off a 42-yard run, hit Isaac Jones with a 40-yard pass and found Tillman with a six-yard scoring toss.

On the next possession, Watson capped a two-play drive with a 75-yard scoring run, giving the Boilermakers a 14-0 lead with 8:01 to play in the first quarter.

After Wisconsin's Mike Samuels was intercepted by cornerback Lamar Conard at the Badgers 24, Watson capped a three-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run as Purdue increased its lead to 21-0 with 5:14 to play.

Watson rushed just nine times for 82 yards and moved past John Macon into eighth-place on Purdue's all-time rushing list. Dicken completed 16-of-22 passes for 311 yards and was intercepted once.

Ron Dayne ran 26 times for 141 yards and one score for Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1), whose six-game winning streak ended. Samuels was 22-of-38 for 250 yards and ran for a touchdown.