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Quickstart helps Wisconsin Badgers move over Purdue

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MADISON — Ever since Jim Leonhard took over as Wisconsin’s interim head coach, he’s had to deliver message after message.

One of the messages he shared with his team before taking the field at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday was:

Gentlemen, we played inconsistent football. Fans will be a little skeptical of what they’ll see when we encounter Purdue. We need to go out, energize the crowd and close it strong.

Have UW players embraced this challenge?

Definitely.

UW hit offensive and defensive touchdowns in the first 3 minutes 44 seconds, leading by 18 points in the first half and scoring a critical 35-24 win in front of 75,018 spectators.

“We are extremely proud of our group as they approach the week after a hard loss,” Leonhard said. Said. “I’m taking hard classes at Michigan State.

“To see them take the emotion and focus on the game plan earlier in the week. Just to see how they started off and defensively in the first half and then match it up in the second half, I’m really proud of what our guys have been able to do.” to get it done today.”

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