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D-Railed: Badgers' run game knocks Boilermakers off their tracks

Purdue 24 Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 80,772

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Badger Bits: Backfield duo steamrolls Purdue
 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Gordon - 16 Car, 147 Yds, 3 TD
 • Passing: Stave - 12-19, 158 Yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
 • Receiving: Abbrederis - 7 Rec, 94 Yds
 • Defense: Borland - 6 Tkl, 1 PBU
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
WIS 4:25 Gordon 5 TD run (French kick)
WIS 0:43 White 70 TD run (French kick)
 Second Quarter
PUR 11:59 Henry 22 TD run (Griggs kick)
PUR 9:44 Griggs 24 FG
WIS 7:13 Gordon 27 TD run (French kick)
WIS 0:18 French 32 FG
 Third Quarter
WIS 12:05 Gordon, 15 TD run (French kick)
WIS 3:13 French 27 FG
 Fourth Quarter
WIS 14:56 Clement 5 TD (French kick)
 Stats at a Glance
 First Downs 12 22
 Total Offensive Yards 180 546
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 21-45 48-388
 Passing 18-36-1 12-21-1
 Passing Yards 135 158
 Penalties-Yards 3-30 1-10
 Turnovers 1 1
 Punts-Avg. 9-43.7 3-44.7
 Punt Returns-Avg. 2-6.0 3-8.3
 Kick Returns-Avg. 7-24.0 2-26.5
 3rd-Down Conversions 2-14 5-13
 4th-Down Conversions 1-2 1-2
 Time of Possession 24:56 35:04
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Sept. 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis (AP) -- Melvin Gordon keeps trampling over opponents for Wisconsin.

Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards rushing and a 70-yard score, and the 24th-ranked Badgers opened Big Ten play with a 41-10 win Saturday over Purdue.

Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second half with a 15-yard touchdown run to give Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) a 31-10 lead.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers have won 5-straight Big Ten home openers
• Wisconsin tallied four sacks
• UW has not allowed a passing touchdown this season

Nose guard Warren Herring had a sack and three tackles, and linebacker Chris Borland had six stops and a pass breakup at the goal line with the game still close in the first half.

Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week's stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try.

No last-minute worries this week.

Quarterback Rob Henry's 22-yard scramble for a score on what appeared to be a busted play provided one of the few highlights for the Boilermakers (1-3, 0-1).

Ricardo Allen intercepted an errant throw by Joel Stave and returned it to the Wisconsin 10 to put Purdue in good shape on its next drive.

But two running plays stalled, and Borland broke up the third-down pass to hold Purdue to a 24-yard field goal by Paul Griggs. That made it 14-10 early in the second half.

Still, maybe, just maybe, the Boilermakers were going to build on their near-upset last week of Notre Dame before losing 31-24.

One big problem: Purdue couldn't stop the run.

It is an age-old problem in the Big Ten. The Badgers still love to run, even with first-year coach Gary Andersen now calling the shots. Opponents know it is coming. Statistically, Purdue seemed to be in decent shape coming into the game after holding its last two opponents to less than 100 yards rushing.

Instead, Gordon and White made the poor-tackling Boilermakers look silly.

Gordon had 16 carries for 147 yards, his fourth-straight 100-yard game. White, the FBS' active career leading in yards rushing, also got 16 carries.

His 70-yard TD run on third down with 43 seconds left in the first quarter epitomized Purdue's frustrating afternoon. White took the handoff to his right, made one cut to deke Anthony Brown before making another cut inside that froze safety Taylor Richards for an unhindered path to the end zone and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Gordon's 27-yard scoring run sapped Purdue momentum after Griggs' field goal to put Wisconsin back up by 11.

Gordon followed with his 15-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, carrying a lunging Allen into the end zone with him to give UW a three-touchdown lead.

Allen later left the game with what appeared to be a right leg injury. Wisconsin was also battered with injuries, losing tight end Jacob Pedersen (left leg) and center Dallas Lewallen (right leg). Cornerback Peniel Jean and linebacker Brendan Kelly also left with leg injuries.

Wisconsin was also without receiver Kenzel Doe (hamstring).

Henry finished 18 for 36 with 135 yards and an interception. He netted zero yards on seven carries.

Overall, Purdue's running game was nonexistent again, with starter Akeem Hunt gaining just 31 yards on nine carries. Herring's solid play early set the tone for Wisconsin's active defensive front.

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