Wisconsin Football won a thriller against Purdue.
In a game the Wisconsin Football program desperately needed to win, the Badgers made it interesting. Trailing by two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter this team looked beat. There wasn’t much reason to expect a comeback. No matter what, this team wouldn’t quit.
The star of the day was Jonathan Taylor who stood out the most among several Badgers. His career day saw him rush for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including the winner in triple overtime as the Badgers stole one 47-44 over the Purdue Boilermakers.
Andrew Van Ginkel played one of the best games of his Wisconsin career saving a total of 11 points all by himself. In the first quarter, he punched a ball loose forcing a fumble out of the end zone resulting in a touchback and possession for Wisconsin. The second huge play he made was running down a touchdown in the fourth quarter that the defense ultimately held to a field goal. Without those massive plays, this win wouldn’t have been possible.
Jack Coan deserves a special shoutout as well. Most of the game was much of the same that we’ve seen of him. Nothing spectacular and no threat through the air. That all changed down the stretch and he led the two touchdown drives to tie the game. Once he did his job, Taylor took over.
Wisconsin did what it had to and convinced me it may have turned the corner to finish this season strong. Even had this game turned out to be a losing effort, the effort would have been a great one. The win makes it all so much sweeter.
The comeback was extremely unexpected and not something this Wisconsin team looked like it had in them. Anybody who has been following this team all year is likely surprised. The 47 points in the final score were surely aided by the three overtime periods, but the Badgers putting up that number is impressive nonetheless.
The Badgers stuck with Taylor and overpowered Purdue down the stretch. It’s what fans had been hoping the Badgers would do all year. Better late than never.
Bring on Minnesota.