The Wisconsin Badgers started off hot on their opening drive against the Purdue Boilermakers and capped it off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Bell. The Badgers’ defense immediately returned the favor with an outstanding pick-six by Wisconsin safety John Torchio.
On Purdue’s second play from scrimmage, Torchio jumped the slant from Boilermakers’ quarterback Aidan O’Connell to receiver Tyrone Tracy and took it to the endzone. This was Torchio’s fourth interception of the season, and he is now tied with Illinois defensive back Kendall Smith for the most interceptions in the Big Ten.
It is great to see the Badgers’ defense make a statement early against one of the best passing offenses in the Big Ten.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 22, 2022
Below are some of Twitter’s best reactions to Wisconsin S John Torchio’s pick-six against the Purdue Boilermakers:
The Big Ten interception leader 'stealing' another pass:
UW 14, PU 0
John "the jewelry thief" Torchio gets his second interception return for a touchdown of the season, to extend the Badger lead.
— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 22, 2022
Wisconsin football is back?
Badgers looking like the best team in the nation so far. Won’t hold my breath!
— Dan Buhler (@FBuhlersDayOff) October 22, 2022
It has been since 2003 that the Boilermakers have won against the Badgers...
Wisconsin could lose every game, but will always beat Purdue by 2 tds.
— Jd Daniels (@JdDaniels79) October 22, 2022
Not everyone got to see the play
Former Wisconsin S Eric Burrell chiming in:
John Torchio scoring threat?
John Torchio is the first #Badgers defensive player with 2 touchdowns in a season since Matt Henningsen in 2019. He's the first in the secondary to do it since Aaron Henry had 3 in 2010.
— Dave Heller (@dave_heller) October 22, 2022