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Badgers Reflect On Win Over Purdue

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen
Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland

Madison (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin football team moves up a spot in the AP Poll to #23 after Saturday's dismantling of Purdue in the Big Ten opener.

The run game stole the show, racking up 388 yards against the Boilermakers. The passing game, however, is more of a work in progress. Joel Stave went 12-19 for 158 yards but threw his third interception of the season and was unable to connect on any deep passes.

"I just have to do a better job of staying loose on the sidelines, because I sat there for ten minutes and then I can't expect myself to come out and throw a 55-yard bomb if I'm not a little bit warm," says Stave. "So I have to make sure I'm staying loose, staying ready for whatever is called."

"No one cares about throwing the ball good than Joel," adds coach Gary Andersen. "He'll continue to work on it. He is making some really nice throws at times. They're not necessarily lay ups. It's not that easy to go out and throw the ball 60 yards down the field and get caught. But we'll work on it, we'll be better."

Not to be overlooked was the play of Wisconsin's defense. The Badgers held Purdue to 45 yards on the ground and 180 overall. It was a good bounce back performance for Wisconsin after allowing 32 points to Arizona State.

"We've faced some difficult things in the past, I wouldn't say anything like last week, but I had a good idea how our guys would respond. With so many vets and so many leaders, you can expect the best from our guys," says linebacker Chris Borland.

Next up for the Badgers is a trip to Ohio State.


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