Groshek scores overtime TD in Badgers’ win
Redshirt sophomore running back and former Amherst High School standout Garrett Groshek of Amherst Junction had a touchdown run in the second overtime to help the University of Wisconsin football team win at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 17.
Groshek scored on a four-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 41-34 lead in the second overtime, while Wisconsin went on to win 47-44 in triple overtime.
The Badgers (7-4, 5-3) trailed 10-3 at halftime, before sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor had an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half, and senior kicker Rafael Gaglianone added a 22-yard field goal with 6:27 to play in the third quarter to give Wisconsin a 13-10 lead.
Purdue (5-6, 4-4) answered with a 12-yard touchdown run and a 46-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to go up 24-13, then added a 20-yard field goal with 9:57 to play in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 27-13.
Groshek had a 10-yard run on the ensuing possession to give the Badgers first-and-goal at the five-yard line, and sophomore quarterback Jack Coan threw a five-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Danny Davis on the next play to make it 27-20 with 6:40 left.
Following a Purdue punt, Coan threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Davis with 2:51 to go to tie the game at 27-27, which it remained heading into overtime.
Purdue scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass on the first overtime possession to take a 34-27 lead, and Taylor followed with a 12-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 34-34.
After a 21-yard run from Taylor to the four-yard line, Groshek took a handoff and ran through the right side of the line, as he dove and stretched into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 41-34 lead.
Purdue scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the next possession to tie it at 41-41, and then kicked a 41-yard field goal to take a 44-41 lead, before Taylor broke off a 17-yard touchdown run on the second play of the next possession to give the Badgers a 47-44 victory.
Redshirt sophomore center Tyler Biadasz of Amherst helped pave the way for Taylor, who finished with 321 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 33 carries, for the third-most rushing yards in a game in Wisconsin history.
Groshek was second on the team in rushing with 39 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, and also caught three passes for three yards for the Badgers, who will host Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) in the regular-season finale at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.