Welcome to a Boilermaker Homecoming debacle to forget.
Purdue lost 38-14 on a dreary Saturday that, for all practical purpose, ended its Big Ten title hopes. It is 0-2 in the conference and 0-and-forever in optimism. It has been outscored 82-27 in its last two home games despite being the favorite.
A team acknowledged as coach Danny Hope's best is playing like his worst.
Unacceptable, safety Landon Feichter said.
“We're not playing like we're supposed to,” the former Bishop Dwenger standout said. “We didn't play like men. Wisconsin ran all over us. That's not acceptable.”
Feichter had a game-high 12 tackles, which shows how successful the Badgers, Montee Ball in particular, were in getting into the secondary. Ball finished with 247 yards and three touchdowns. Wisconsin rushed for 467 yards overall.
“He's a hard runner,” Feichter said. “When conditions are wet and slippery, it's a little tougher, but no excuses. We still have to bring him down a lot better than we did.”
Purdue (3-3 overall) entered the game in position to take charge of the Big Ten's Leaders Division. Instead, it fell behind Wisconsin (5-2 overall, 2-1 in the conference) with a game at No. 8 Ohio State looming next week.
“It's surprising we played like this,” Feichter said. “Hopes were high all week. Everybody was into the game. We have to come back and get it turned around next week.”
Added Hope: “We came in believing one of two things would happen — we'd play well enough to win and be in the driver's seat in the Leaders Division or we'd play well and still be in great position for postseason play.
“The odds of us competing for the Leaders Division have diminished, but I believe the players will rally back and win a ton of games.”