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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Purdue


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Sept. 21, 2013

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Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Purdue
Sept. 21, 2013
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.

TEAM NOTES
•    The Badgers have now won five straight Big Ten conference home openers, and 10 of their last 11.
•    In its past five Big Ten openers, Wisconsin has averaged 39.8 points per game, while holding opponents to 18.8 points per contest.
•    Wisconsin has won eight consecutive games against Purdue, the longest win streak by either team in the history of the series (dates back to 1892).
•    The Badgers have scored at least 34 points in each of their last five wins over Purdue. In those games UW is outscoring the Boilermakers, (212-54). UW has also rushed for (1,658) yards in those games (331.6 per game).
•    UW’s 95-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter was its longest since a 97-yard TD drive vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 17, 2011.
•    Wisconsin has six runs of at least 50 yards this season. The Badgers had nine all of last year, which ranked second in the country to Utah State (10).
•    The Badgers have still not allowed a passing touchdown this season.
•    UW allowed just 45 rushing yards today and have allowed 305 yards on the ground this season (76.3 rushing ypg.).
•    Wisconsin held Purdue to 180 total yards, marking the second time on the season the Badgers have kept a team below 200 yards (Tennessee Tech had 113 yards on Sept. 7).
•    UW’s total defense of 180 yards allowed was the team’s fewest surrendered in a Big Ten game since limiting Minnesota to 156 total yards on Nov. 12, 2011.
•    UW entered the game ninth in the nation in total defense (264.3 ypg) and lowered its average to just 243.3 yards per game.
•    After averaging 5.3 penalties per game in their first three contests, the Badgers had just one penalty against Purdue (for 10 yards). That is UW’s fewest penalties in a game since having one for 15 yards vs. Austin Peay on Sept. 25, 2010.
•    The Badgers tallied four sacks on the day after recording one total sack in the first three games of the season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
•    James White’s 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest run of his career, surpassing a 69-yard run last year at Indiana (Nov. 10, 2012). He has 11 career runs of 40+ yards and his career average of 6.24 yards per carry is best in UW history (min. 300 rushes).
•    White became the 10th player in Wisconsin history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career, moving into 10th place on the UW career list with 3,013 career yards.
•    White leads all active FBS players with 35 career rushing TDs and 36 total TDs. UW is 19-1 when White scores.
•    White rushed for more than 100 yards for the 12th time in his career. He has NEVER rushed for 100 yards in a game by himself. All 12 games have been part of multiple 100-yard rushers for UW. Wisconsin is 12-0 when he rushes for 100 yards or more.
•    Melvin Gordon also went over 100 yards rushing, for the fourth time this season and the sixth time in his career. He scored a career-high three touchdowns and has seven rushing TDs on the season. Despite averaging 9.2 yards per carry today, Gordon’s career average actually went down to 9.95 yards per carry.
•    Gordon now has 624 rushing yards on the season, surpassing his 2012 total of 621 yards.
•    Freshman Sojourn Shelton recorded his second interception of the season.
•    Freshman Alex Erickson hauled in his first career reception, catching a 12-yard pass.
•    Junior Bryce Gilbert and freshman Vince Biegel each posted their first career sacks.

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