Wisconsin (6–4, 4–3 Big Ten) struggled with a one-dimensional offense once again in its 22–10 loss at Penn State. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 185 yards but the unit only gained 269 total against the Nittany Lions.
Purdue (5–5, 4–3) has defeated ranked teams in Boston College and Ohio State this season, but Jeff Brohm’s squad also dropped contests to Eastern Michigan and Minnesota. With Brohm’s name surfacing with Louisville firing Bobby Petrino, will the Boilermakers show symptoms of a distraction?
When and where is the game?
Wisconsin and Purdue will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
How can I watch?
The game will be broadcast on BTN with Kevin Kugler assigned to play-by-play duties, James Laurinaitis as the analyst, and Rick Pizzo as the sideline reporter.
How can I stream the game online?
How can I listen to it on the radio?
On the Badger Sports Network, where you’ll find the usual team of Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas. Head to BadgerSportsNetwork.com to find it. You can also listen on iHeartRadio (iOS/Android/desktop) by searching “WIBA.”
On satellite radio, find it on XM 383.
What to read before the game
Quick Purdue preview
- Scoring offense: 31.1 points per game
- Rushing offense: 148.8 yards per game
- Passing offense: 311.8 yards per game
- Total offense: 460.6 yards per game
- Third-down conversions: 39 percent (50 of 142)
The big name on offense is emerging true freshman Rondale Moore. The wide receiver already has 82 receptions for 909 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, plus 163 yards on 14.8 per carry with another score on the ground.
Quarterback David Blough has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,825 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Running back D.J. Knox leads the Boilermakers rushing the ball, gaining 787 yards on 6.1 per carry with eight touchdowns. Markell Jones has also rushed for 378 yards (4.9 yards per attempt) with three touchdowns.
Isaac Zico and Brycen Hopkins have each caught over 30 passes this season.
- Scoring defense: 25.9 points per game
- Rushing defense: 144.8 yards per game
- Passing defense: 281.8 yards per game
- Total defense: 426.6 yards per game
- Third-down conversions allowed: 36 percent (52 of 144)
Linebacker Markus Bailey leads the team with tackles (86) and also has seven tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks.
Safety Jacob Thieneman registered 71 tackles, 7.5 for loss, with five sacks and five pass break-ups, but he was recently designated as out for the reminder of the regular season:
Jeff Brohm said on his radio show that starting safety Jacob Thieneman was diagnosed with a staph infection. He was released from the hospital today, expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) November 14, 2018
Redshirt freshman cornerback Kenneth Major leads the team with three interceptions, while redshirt senior Antonio Blackmon leads the team in pass break-ups (11).
Jake Kocorowski: Purdue 24, Wisconsin 21
Jon Beidelschies: Purdue 24, Wisconsin 17
Bob Wiedenhoeft: Purdue 24, Wisconsin 17
Andrew Rosin: Purdue 26, Wisconsin 17
Drew Hamm: Purdue 23, Wisconsin 16