Purdue Victory Game Ball Distribution



Paul Chryst got Wisconsin football back on track after recording his third straight win on Saturday. Wisconsin now sits at (4-3, 2-2) and controls its own destiny in the Big Ten West.

Both teams were deadlocked at 13 each before halftime, but it was Wisconsin who made the necessary adjustments and scored 20 unanswered points to close things off.

Wisconsin’s victory over Purdue in 25th place marked the end of a nine-game losing streak against ranked opponents. It was also the Badgers’ 15th straight victory over Purdue.

It was far from an aerial attack for Wisconsin who only threw the ball 8 times the entire game, and only twice in the second half. However, that proved to be more than enough as the Badger’s backfield ran for 290 yards.

The defense did its job, as it always does – now Purdue to 206 total yards (-13 rushing yards). Take-out was one of the few failures of this badger’s defense in 2021, which it certainly was not against Purdue. In total, Jim Leonhard’s defense forced 5 turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions).

So, without further ado, it’s time to distribute the balls of Wisconsin’s victory over 25th-ranked Purdue.

OFFENSE: Chez Mellusi / Braelon Allen

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Wisconsin soccer team found their 1-2 punch to run. Wisconsin’s hasty attack once again set the pace for the offense and helped establish an offensive identity that should seem familiar to Badger fans. Both fullbacks eclipsed 100 yards in the same game for the second time this season. The duo amassed 189 rushing yards and a combined average of 7.4 yards per carry on 39 carries.

Chez Mellusi carried the ball 27 times for a peak of 149 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Braelon Allen added 140 yards on just 12 carries, scoring two touchdowns.

DEFENSE: Léo Chenal

While the defense for the Wisconsin soccer team had a great afternoon overall, Leo Chenal once again stood out as the most impactful defenseman. Chenal was tenacious as a passer and was simply unstoppable. Chenal continued his career day against Army with 9.0 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks against Purdue in 25th place.

The best advice I can give is to take advantage of Chenal while you can because it is going to be playing on Sunday quite early enough. Chenal has been a special talent all year despite missing the first two games. It’s hard to think of a player who has taken a bigger step on the pitch this season than Leo Chenal.



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