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Stave regains his old touch, Gordon tops 200 yards as No. 25 Wisconsin beats Purdue 34-16

  • Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave (2) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave (2) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (25) leaps into the end zone to score a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Purude in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (25) leaps into the end zone to score a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Purude in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue wide receiver Cameron Posey (18) comes up short of catching a pass between Wisconsin defenders Tanner McEvoy, (5) and Michael Caputo during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Purdue wide receiver Cameron Posey (18) comes up short of catching a pass between Wisconsin defenders Tanner McEvoy, (5) and Michael Caputo during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)  (The Associated Press)

Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards Saturday as No. 25 Wisconsin rolled past Purdue 34-16.

The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten, No. 25 CFP) have won four straight overall and remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the series and still hasn't lost at Purdue since 1997.

The Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5) lost their fourth straight.

Things didn't go exactly according to script.

After Gordon ran for Wisconsin's first score, he caught a 27-yard TD pass before Stave closed the half with a 9-yard TD pass to give the Badgers a 24-6 lead.

Purdue closed to 24-16 in the third quarter. But Tanner McEvoy's 13-yard TD run late in the quarter sealed Wisconsin's win.