MADISON, Wis. — Moving into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten West Division, Wisconsin improved to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference with Saturday’s 47-44 triple overtime win over Purdue (5-6, 4-4).
The Badgers got a huge day from sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor.
Cementing his status as the best tailback in college football, Taylor ran for a career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score from 22-yards out.
Taylor’s 321-yards were the third-most in school history, trailing only Melvin Gordon (408 vs. Nebraska) and Ron Dayne (339 vs. Hawaii).
With 3,846 career total yards, Taylor has broken Dayne’s FBS record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore. Taylor, Dayne (3,566 yards, 1996-97) and Georgia’s Herschel Walker (3,507, 1980-81) are the only FBS players to tally 3,500 rushing yards in their first two seasons.
Getting his first career victory as a starter, Jack Coan came up big down the stretch.
The sophomore quarterback completed his final seven passes, including two touchdowns to sophomore wide receiver Danny Davis, to help send the game into the extra session.
Coan finished 16-of-24 passing for a career-high 206 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
It’s been a year of steady growth for UW’s defense and that continued on Saturday as well.
Facing a Purdue offense that averages nearly 35 points per game at home, Wisconsin held the Boilermakers to 27 points in regulation. Once Purdue took a 27-13 lead in the fourth quarter, the Badgers forced three consecutive punts on three-straight 3-and-outs to help send the game into overtime.
Senior linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel posted a career-high 10 tackles, all solo, and 2.0 sacks. Van Ginkel also forced a fumble deep in UW territory that took points off the board for Purdue in the first quarter.
Senior linebacker T.J. Edwards joined him with 10 stops, including one for loss. Senior linebacker Ryan Connelly added nine tackles.
Wisconsin won its 13th consecutive game over Purdue. The Badgers have also won in each of their last eight trips to Ross Ade Stadium. UW is now 16-4 (.800) in true road games under head coach Paul Chryst and 17-2 in the month of November over the last five seasons.
While the Badgers kept the Boilermakers from becoming bowl eligible, they also improved their own post season standing.
Where does Wisconsin stand in the latest bowl projections after Saturday’s win?