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Wisconsin on the offensive heading into matchup with Purdue

Oct 17, 2006 - 7:29 PM No. 21 Wisconsin (6-1) at Purdue (5-2), 12:00 pm EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) - P.J. Hill and the Wisconsin offense have responded nicely from their first loss of the season. Expect the rebound to continue Saturday.

A redshirt freshman and one of the nation's leading rushers, Hill leads the 21st-ranked Badgers against Purdue on Saturday in a Big Ten Conference matchup.

Wisconsin (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) was 3-0 before running into one of the nation's best defenses and losing at Michigan, 27-13. The Badgers have rebounded nicely from their only loss of the season and Hill is a major reason why.

One of only two running backs in the country with over 1,000 yards, Hill ranks fifth in the nation in rushing at 144.43 yards per game. Thanks in part to Hill's exploits, the Badgers have outscored their last three opponents by a combined 141-38. The 141 points are the most ever for Wisconsin in a three-game span against Big Ten opponents.

Last week, John Stocco threw four TD passes and Hill rushed for 164 yards - his sixth 100-yard effort of the season - in a 48-12 victory over Minnesota.

While they already have seen one of the best defenses, Hill and company should be able to score plenty of points Saturday against one of the worst. The Badgers are 14th in the country in scoring offense (33.86) and the Boilermakers rank 101st in scoring defense (29.6) and 111th in total defense (412.43).

Purdue (5-2, 2-1) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-10 win at Northwestern last week behind a career-high 431 passing yards and two TDs from Curtis Painter. The Boilermakers were 4-0 before allowing 35 and 47 points in losses to Notre Dame and Iowa.

Wisconsin leads the series, 38-29-8, and has won the last two meetings.

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