Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 47-44 Triple-Overtime Win At Purdue

Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 47-44 Triple-Overtime Win At Purdue

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Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 47-44 Triple-Overtime Win At Purdue

1, Jonathan Taylor Breaking Records

As disappointing as this season has been, one thing that has been far from a letdown has been the play of number 23. In Wisconsin’s seemingly improbable triple-overtime victory at Purdue, Jonathan Taylor rushed for a career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 17-yard scamper in triple overtime. Throw in his 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter, Taylor has rushed for 3,868 yards in his career, breaking former UW tailback Ron Dayne’s record (3,566) for most rushing yards by an FBS player through his sophomore season.

2, Coan Shows Improvement

While he wasn’t called upon often, quarterback Jack Coan showed signs of improvement in his third start of the season. He struggled a little bit in the second half, but he completed some nice passes in the first half including a career-long 34-yard throw to AJ Taylor on his second attempt, setting up a field goal. When UW was facing a dire situation, down 14 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Coan connected for a pair of touchdowns to Danny Davis, including a phenomenal one-handed catch. Finishing 16-for-24 for 206 yards and two scores, Coan went 7-for-10 for 116 yards and those two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime. The whole night was far from great but there was no question that this was a considerable step in the right direction.

3, Secondary Lacks Speed

It was blatantly obvious that the Badgers’ secondary could not keep up with the speed of the Purdue’s wideouts. Freshman wideout Rondale Moore was going to be a guy the defense keyed on coming into this game and he showed why by having 114 receiving yards and 27 rushing yards, not to mention a dazzling 46-yard touchdown in which he juked cornerback Rachad Wildgoose off the line of scrimmage and did a wicked spin move to break safety Eric Burrell’s tackle attempt. The lack of speed in the secondary showed with quarterback David Blough passing for 386 yards and UW’s secondary being flagged for three pass interference penalties and a holding penalty. All of UW’s cornerbacks are first-year starters, so this weak spot should improve in the coming years.

4, Red Zone Offensive Comes Alive in Second Half

After seeing multiple red-zone possessions come away without touchdowns in the first half, the Badgers offense came alive and scored 37 points in the red zone in the second half and overtime. Sure the three overtimes helped, but the Badgers scored 20 points in overtime, double the amount the Badgers scored in four quarters last week at Penn State. Coan made some nice throws in the red zone to Davis for two scores and Taylor, as expected, came through in OT with two scores, including the game winner.

5, Van Ginkel Shines

After battling through injuries this season, Andrew Van Ginkel had a monster game that was crucial for the defense against veteran quarterback David Blough. Not only did Van Ginkel have 10 tackles (all solos), the senior had two sacks and a huge forced fumble with Purdue inside the red zone. The outside linebacker came up with a big sack in the third quarter when Wisconsin needed to get off the field, getting help by Zack Baun flushing Blough out of the pocket. UW showed how scary the linebacking core of Ryan Connelly, T.J. Edwards and Van Ginkel can be when all healthy.

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