Oct 22, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers safety John Torchio (15) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers Narrowly Escape Purdue 35-24

A scoring frenzy in the first quarter ultimately led the Wisconsin Badgers to a 35-24 victory over the visiting Purdue University (IN) Boilermakers. This win is the Badgers’ first conference win of the season, improving their overall record to 4-4 and their conference record to 2-3. It is also Jim Leonhard’s first home win as the interim head coach of the program.

First Quarter Duds? Not Anymore!

Entering Saturday’s game, the Badgers averaged 4.7 points scored in the first quarter, continuing the trend from last season where the team averaged a mere 4.8 points scored.

But, something changed in the minds of the players Saturday.

The team scored 21 points in the first quarter, the most they’ve scored in the first quarter all season, including the first time they have scored in double digits in the quarter.  Only a couple minutes into the game, quarterback Graham Mertz set up the team’s first drive with a pass to Skylar Bell at the team’s 29-yard line, leading to a gain of 27 yards to Purdue’s 44-yard line. A couple of plays later, Mertz found Bell again, this time for a trip to the endzone.

Bell finished the day with four total receptions for 87 yards and that first-quarter touchdown. Mertz would also find the endzone one more time, connecting with Chimire Dike on a 3-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.

Torchio Leads Defense in Win

You can consider Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Donnell “torched” after Saturday’s game.

While O’Donnell did throw for 320 yards and a touchdown, senior safety John Torchio created constant pressure on both O’Donnell as well as the Purdue offense all day. Torchio finished with 10 total tackles on the afternoon (three solo tackles), as well as one pass deflection and two interceptions, one of which resulted in a touchdown in the Badgers’ 21-point first quarter.

Purdue Keeps it Close in the End

Purdue’s offense woke up in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Badgers 14-0. Running back Devin Mockobee scored his only touchdown of the day with 12 minutes left in the game. A disputable call in which a replay was necessary to confirm the score, Mockobee added that touchdown to his 107-yards rushing on the afternoon on 23 carries. Late in the quarter, O’Donnell ran a one-yard touchdown himself, making the score 35-24. A botched onside kick finished Purdue’s afternoon, giving the Badgers the victory.

What’s Next?

Following Saturday’s win, the Badgers have their bye week. The team will remain at home following the bye, hosting the University of Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 3-2). The Terrapins are on pace to have their best season yet under head coach Mike Locksley and are one win away from tying their win total from last season (7).

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BadgerNotes Staff Predictions: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

BadgerNotes Staff Predictions: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Madison, Wis. – Interim head coach Jim Leonhard and the Wisconsin Badgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) return home on Saturday to host the Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) at Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin is coming off a heartbreaking 34-28 double-overtime loss to Michigan State, where the Badgers were consistently inconsistent on both sides of the ball.

On the flip side, Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers are also coming off a 43-37 victory over Nebraska and are winners of four straight – and are in pursuit of a Big Ten West title.

Here is how our BadgerNotes team sees Saturday’s matchup playing out on the field…

Dillon Graff: Managing Editor

Final Score Prediction: Purdue 24, Wisconsin 21

The Wisconsin Badgers return home to host the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday – desperately needing to win if they’re going to remain bowl eligible.

UW’s offense has a ton to prove after last weekend. The offensive line has been disappointing but needs to out-physical Purdue in the trenches to give Graham Mertz and company a chance to move the ball.

Purdue is looking to end a 15-game losing streak to Wisconsin, the longest skid vs. one opponent in school history.

Despite what my heart tells me, my head thinks Purdue walks into Madison and ends their losing streak behind their passing attack.

Brandon Cooper: Staff Writer

Final score prediction: Purdue 35, Wisconsin 28

As much as it hurts my heart, I think the Badgers will lose this game.

I know the game is at Camp Randall Stadium, but the Badgers being 2.5-point favorites is appalling, to say the least.

Purdue’s excellent passing attack will surely give the struggling Badgers secondary problems. I think it will be too much to overcome, no matter how well Wisconsin runs the ball or controls the clock.

The Boilermakers haven’t won against the Badgers since 2003. Sadly I think that incredible streak will come to an end this Saturday.

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Best Bets: Wisconsin Badger vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Recap of Week 7 Best Bets

Last week’s best bets for the Wisconsin Badgers could’ve been a total blood bath for your boy had the game not gone into double overtime. Winning tickets are still winning tickets though and I’ll take them any way I can.


  • Game total over 49.5 (-110) Winner – Yeah it stung how the Badgers lost against Michigan State in double overtime, with a Braelon Allen fumble leading to the game-winning touchdown for the Spartans. Sometimes in life, you have to be selfish and I knew overtime was the only way I could hit the over. The football gods may not have been looking down on me for this one, but the gambling gods sure were.
  • Braelon Allen, first touchdown scorer (+359) Winner –  I said in the best bets article last week that I was just banking on Wisconsin being close to the goal line and handing it off to their best player. That’s exactly what happened on the Badgers’ first possession and Allen plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown for the first score of the game.


  • Graham Mertz over 237 passing yards (+102) Loser – This was my favorite bet last week, which just shows you how stupid I can be. Mertz had hit 237 yards only twice before this game, but I was banking on the Spartans’ pass defense playing as poorly as they had all season allowing almost 300 yards per game. That didn’t happen as Mertz only threw for 134 yards, and couldn’t get anything going in the deep passing game. This was a bad bet.
  • Chimere Dike over 80 receiving yards (+108) Loser I got lost in the sauce from the ass-whooping the Badgers handed the god-awful Northwestern Wildcats and thought the Badgers’ passing attack had figured it out. Nope. Just played a shitty team, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
  •  Defensive or special teams touchdown by either team (+217) – I take this bet every week and so far have lost every week, but it’s still a rush. I’ve also decided this will not go against my weekly record…unless I win of course. If you don’t like I’m sorry, but I make the rules around here. 

Best Bets: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

I’ll take going 2-2 on bets last week after how bad it was looking toward the end of the game.

But I need to be better for my season record’s sake…and my sanity.

Best Bets Season Record: 9-17

  • Purdue Boilermakers Moneyline (+113) – This is my favorite bet of the week – I know Purdue is on the road, but I was shocked to see the Badgers favored in this game. I think this game could be close but as I mentioned in my game breakdown article, I believe Purdue wins this game.
  • Game total – over 51.5 points (-110) – Purdue has gone over this number in six of seven games this season, while Wisconsin has gone over four of their seven games. Purdue’s pass-happy approach lends a helping hand to the over.
  • Aidan O’Connell over 358 yards passing (+131) – O’Connell has gone over 360 yards in back-to-back games, and eclipsed that mark in four of six games he played this year. He also attempted less than 40 passes just once all season. The number is big, but O’Connell has proven he can do it.
  • Charlie Jones over 119 receiving yards (+129) – Chuck Jones is a monster. This man will be playing on Sundays in the next year or two. He’s one of the top receivers in the country, and I don’t see the Badgers having an answer for him. Jones has gone over 130 yards in four of seven games this year, I’m banking on another one.
  • Chimere Dike over 66 receiving yards (+112) – He did me dirty last week, but I’m going back to the well one more time. Wisconsin will need some big plays to keep up with this Purdue offense and Dike is one of the most explosive weapons the Badgers have.

I’m never gonna give you up

  • Defensive or special teams touchdown by either team (+207) – I will not be counting this against my weekly record if it loses as I mentioned before. I will put it on my card every week though until it hits. I’m a persistent man.

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MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 02: Wisconsin defensive coach Jim Leonhard looks on in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Camp Randall Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Game Breakdown: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Game Breakdown: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

The Wisconsin Badgers suffered a mistake-filled yet heartbreaking 34-28 double-overtime loss at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans last week.

Just one week removed from looking like the entire football program had found new life.

Like every other game, the Badgers have struggled in this season; costly turnovers and a lack of consistent secondary play proved to be too much to overcome.

Credit to Michigan State, though, as they played to their full potential for the first time all season.

Quarterback Payton Thorne looked sharp, completing 21/28 pass attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

NFL prospect Jayden Reed was Thorne’s main target and had his 1st breakout game of the season. Recording nine receptions for 117 yards and the walk-off touchdown in the 2nd overtime.

We’re on to Purdue…

The Badgers desperately need a win, with bowl eligibility still in reach, but it won’t come easy this week as Wisconsin (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the surging Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten). Kickoff is at 2:30 pm (CST) on ESPN.

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Game Breakdown

Purdue Boilermakers

The Boilermakers are winners of four straight, with their only two losses coming against No. 14 Syracuse Orange and No. 16 Penn State.

Purdue runs a pass-heavy attack on offense, led by quarterback Aidan O’Connell.

O’Connell had a very strong Junior season in 2021 and hasn’t slowed down one bit this season.

The Senior signal-caller has thrown for 1,950 yards – good for 15th in the nation, with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

His 66% completion rate is a little lower than you’d like it to be after posting a 75% rate last season, but still very solid.

One of the most impressive parts of O’Connell’s season is that he’s thrown for 360 or more in four of the Boilermakers’ six games this season. Don’t be surprised if he adds to that number against the Badgers.

Boilmakers’ Receivers…

Charlie Jones definitely looks like he sits when he pees and probably attended bible camp every summer growing up, but hey, the guy can ball.

Jones is the main target of the Purdue passing attack, and it’s not particularly close. He has 29 more receptions than anyone else on Purdue’s roster.

He also has four games with over 130 yards receiving this season, leading to his gaudy season stat line of 62 receptions, 735 yards, and nine touchdowns. Jones is top 10 in the nation in all three categories.

Another receiving option who could give the Badgers problems is tight end Payne Durham (that’s a football name if I’ve ever heard one).

Durham has 33 receptions on the season for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Durham has also collected at least four receptions in five straight games.

Purdue’s running game…

The Boilermakers’ run game takes a back seat to their passing attack but has still been fairly productive this year.

Running back Dylan Downing is expected to miss a few weeks with a foot injury, leaving Freshman Devin Mockobee as the top running back on the roster.

Mockobee had been productive on limited carries the first six games of the season, but he exploded last week against Nebraska as the top option. Piling up 178 yards on 30 carries while adding a touchdown for good measure.

This season, Mockobee has 453 yards and five touchdowns on 80 rushing attempts. He’s also a capable receiver reeling in 13 receptions for 130 yards.

Purdue’s Defense

The defense hasn’t been Purdue’s strong suit this year but has done just enough for the Boilermakers to keep winning games.

They’ve given up over 26 points in five of seven games this season and have allowed over 30 points in both of their losses.

One bright spot for the Boilermakers has been their run defense, giving up just 100.7 yards per game on the ground. This is mainly a result of their opponents having to throw the ball when they get behind. Regardless, it’s still impressive.

A Wisconsin team averaging 170.6 yards rushing a game, led by superstar running back Braelon Allen, will certainly be a tough challenge, though.
No single player jumps off the stat sheet for Purdue, but as a whole, they’ve put up some solid numbers.

They’ve recorded 16 sacks as a team this season to go along with 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.
If Purdue gets a two-score lead at some point in this game, that’s when I’d be most worried about their opportunistic defense.

Now, onto Wisconsin

How to watch: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

How to watch, stream, and listen to Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

The Wisconsin Badgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) will host the Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin heads into Saturday’s contest coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Michigan State Spartans in overtime. The Badgers are looking to keep their bowl game streak alive. With a win on Saturday, the Badgers will keep themselves on track. It will be a tall task against a high-level passing attack. However, Wisconsin will have a chance with secondary players returning from injury.

Purdue is looking to fight for the top spot in the Big Ten West. Currently trailing Illinois, they’ll need some help to take over the top spot. The Boilermakers rank in the top 20 in passing yards per game, with 312 yards per game. Purdue has a well-balanced attack on offense, but they tend to air it out more often than not.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch, stream, and listen to Saturday’s showdown:

Where: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin

When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. CST

Where to watch: ESPN

Where to stream: Fox Sports App or foxsports.com/live

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Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) hands the football off to running back Braelon Allen (0) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Purdue in week 8

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Purdue in week 8

The Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will come into Camp Randall to face the Wisconsin Badgers (3-4. 1-3 Big Ten) and try to spoil their homecoming. Purdue is red hot, having won their last four games. Wisconsin was upset last week by Michigan State in double overtime and is looking to get back on track. This game has all the tangibles to be a good one.

Here is what to expect…


This game should be approached by the new-aged Badgers, attacking through the air. Purdue allows 3.2 yards per rush and has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this year. Braelon Allen will have some tough sledding and will have to take advantage of any opportunities he can get.

Purdue struggles against the deep ball and allows almost eight yards a catch. This is the game where Mertz has to take over and make the big plays. The offensive line will have to dominate this game and protect Mertz.

Purdue does have a solid front line, but they don’t have a playmaker like last year’s George Karlaftis. Don’t be surprised if Mertz has a big game through the air against the poor Boilermaker’s pass defense.


The Badgers will have their work cut out for them. Purdue is led by 6th-year senior Aidan O’Connell, who is as good as they get in college football. When given time, O’Connell has no problem picking apart defenses. O’Connell is red hot right now and is averaging 325 yards a game.

O’Connell’s favorite target is Iowa Transfer, Charlie Jones. Charlie Jones is 2nd in the nation in receptions and requires a lot of attention.  Jim Leonhard will have to decide how to slow down Jones, but they cannot afford to leave him one on one.

As if Jones wasn’t a big enough problem, red-shirt freshman running back Devin Mockobee has been a stud running the ball. Mockobee is a tough, hard-nosed runner with excellent vision. This Purdue team will be one of the most balanced offenses the Badgers will face this year.


This football game will come down to who can make the least amount of mistakes. Neither offense should have a problem moving the ball. This should be a quarterback-dominated game with a lot of big plays. The Badgers need to win the time of possession and play mistake-free ball to come out victorious.

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