wide receiver A.J. Taylor (4) runs the ball past a
tackle attempt by Nebraska safety Marquel Dismuke
(19) during the first half of an NCAA college
football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 16,
Purdue (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten)
at No. 14 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2, No. 12 CFP), Saturday at
4 p.m. EST (FOX).
Line: Wisconsin by 24
Series record: Wisconsin
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Purdue needs to win its
final two games in order to be bowl eligible, while
Wisconsin looks to keep pace with No. 11 Minnesota in
the Big Ten West Division. The Boilermakers have lost 13
straight against the Badgers.
front vs. Jonathan Taylor. Taylor has averaged 270 yards
in his previous two games against the Boilermakers,
including a career-high 321 yards in a triple-overtime
win in last year's meeting. Taylor rushed for at least
200 yards for the 11th time in his career against
Nebraska last week, matching USC's Marcus Allen for the
third-most 200-yard games in FBS history. Only Ron Dayne
(14, 1996-99) and Ricky Williams (12, 1995-98) had more.
No player in FBS history has rushed for more yards than
Taylor through their junior season. Taylor’s 5,634
yards are second in Big Ten and program history behind
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Purdue: Wide receiver
David Bell. The 6-foot-2 freshman leads the Big Ten with
65 catches and is tied for fourth in the conference with
791 receiving yards. Bell has four touchdowns in his
past five games. The 18-year-old’s first career
reception for the Boilermakers resulted in a 49-yard
touchdown at Nevada on Aug. 30.
Wisconsin: Wide receiver
A.J. Taylor. The 5-foot-11 senior scored his 10th career
receiving touchdown on a career-long 55-yard reception
last week at Nebraska.
FACTS & FIGURES
Purdue QB Aidan
O’Connell, a walk-on in 2017, has engineered late
drives to win each of the last two games to keep the
Boilermakers’ longshot bowl hopes alive. ...
Purdue’s last 19 touchdowns have been scored by
freshmen. ... The Boilermakers have lost six straight at
Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. ... The Badgers’
current 13-game winning streak against Purdue is the
longest streak by either team in a series that dates to