Purdue v. Wisconsin: The Game Before the Game



I am bringing this back this week because the score was closer than my prediction. Once again I have upped the difficulty to see if I can simulate the game that will be played.

1st Quarter: Curtis Painter was hurt on the first drive of the game, and had to be replaced by Joey Elliot. Painter pitched the ball late on an option play, and suffered a torn pectoral when tackled. The Boilermakers went for it on 4th and 2 on the 2 during that drive and did not make it giving the ball up on downs. The Badgers were forced to punt as the quarter expired. Purdue 0 – Wisconsin 0

2nd Quarter: The Boilers had the ball to start the quarter and drove down the field easily only to be stopped again. They settled for a 22 yard field goal by Chris Summers to take a three point lead. After a Badger punt the Boilers drove down the field easily again, but had to settle for a Summers 32 yard field goal. With a minute to go in the first half the Badgers scored a touchdown on a 63 yard pass play. The PAT made the score 7 – 6 in favor of Wisconsin. The Boilers went right down the field and scored a touchdown after big plays by Selwyn Lymon and a 28 yard catch by Jake Standeford. The extra point attempt was good making the score 13 – 7. Dan Bick’s interception with 20 seconds left in the half gave the Boilers the ball at the 29 yard line. A 47 yard field goal by Summers ended the half. Purdue 16 – Wisconsin 7

3rd Quarter: The Boilers scored on the first drive of the second half when Elliot hit Lymon for a 57 yard score. After a three and out for the Badgers Royce Adams gave the Boilers great field position with a 44 yard punt return. Two plays later Standeford had touchdown catch number two on a 33 yard pass play. Purdue 30 – Wisconsin 7

4th Quarter: The Badgers converted a 4th and 8 on the Purdue 39 to start the fourth quarter. This drive had already been extended because of a pass interference penalty on Lane. The drive ended when Lane returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown to put the Boilers up 37 – 7. Both teams then traded punts giving Wisconsin the ball with about a minute remaining. They ran out of time to score with the ball on the eight as time expired. Purdue 37 – Wisconsin 7

Last weeks game was pretty close to the final score. I don’t think that this one will be. I don’t think that Purdue will be this stingy on defense, or score this many points. The one thing that I did see that could be realistic is that the first man rarely took P.J. Hill down. The leading tackler for the Boilers was the safety Scott with ten. That shows how much they were in the secondary. Joey Elliot was named the player of the game after coming in for Painter. He finished the day going 13 – 24 for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Selwyn Lymon had a big day receiving as well catching 7 balls for 170 yards and a touchdown. Standeford also had two touchdowns. Minton for the Badgers caught 3 passes for 104 yards and the lone touchdown of the day. Hill carried the ball 23 times for 90 yards. I hope that this is how the game would turn out, but it is highly unlikely.

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