It’s recorded that H&R staffer Drew rightly called it a Purdue victory. After two straight games in which the offense played from behind, Purdue has consistently traded blows against arguably the best defense in the country. Purdue managed to retire in the second half and recover their 6e win on the season.
Aiden O’Connell: 25/40, 237 yards, 3 TD 1 INT, 2 carries, 33 yards
Devin Mockobee: 28 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD
Payne Durham: 7 REC, 70 yards, 2 TDs
TJ Sheffield: 6 REC, 72 yards
Charlie Jones: 4 REC, 66 yards, 1 TD
Tommy DeVito: 18/32, 201 yards, 1TD 1INT
Chase Brown: 23 carries, 98 yards, 2 TDs
Chase Brown 2-yard TD run
After a strong start from Purdue that ended in a turnover on the downs, Illinois stalked the field without even playing a wink on third down. Chase Brown beefed up in the end zone to top it all off.
Purdue’s previous two drives have ended just outside the red zone and come away with 0 points after a failed field goal attempt from 44 yards. With the ball close to midfield, AOC completely knocked down a ball and it was intercepted, giving Purdue fans the bad thoughts that had been there for a few weeks.
Defense forces 3 straight 3 and withdrawals
It’s not just one game, but after Illinois’ first practice, the defense has remained incredibly firm. 3 straight drives resulted in 6 yards for Illinois on 9 plays and 3 punts. It was honestly the key to the win as the defense wanted Purdue to avoid a big deficit.
Devin Mockobee’s 6-yard touchdown run
With a great starting field position, Purdue ran 5 straight (yes, you read that right) and ended with a solid inside TD led by Crazy Legs. On this drive, Aiden O’Connell even had an optional throwing game which he kept and ran for 9 yards.
Chase Brown 8-yard TD run
Purdue is allergic to elk. After the tying touchdown, Illinois walked downfield and Brown dodged a missed tackle and a facemask to get in the score.
Aiden O’Connell passes 32-yard TD to Charlie Jones
After trading punts, AOC threw three consecutive balls to Charlie Jones, resulting in a 16-yard gain, a dodgy pass interference call that nullified an interception and a 32-yard penny at about one. thumb over defenders fingers in end zone.
Aiden O’Connell passes 5-yard TD to Payne Durham
After forcing a punt at halftime, Purdue ran 90 yards down the field and AOC found a cross Payne Durham, who shoved his way into the end zone, dragging a defender down. AOC had another option on this drive for 24 meters because why not.
Tommy DeVito passes 6-yard TD to Brian Hightower
Allergic to momentum again, as Illinois ran 63 yards and capped it with a throw in the corner on 3rd and goal of 6.
Aiden O’Connell passes 12-yard TD to Payne Durham
Purdue’s offense again walked straight down the field and was helped by Illinois penalties (a theme for this game) and AOC fired a strike at Durham in the very corner of the end zone. Payne went down with the ball and his right foot touched inbounds just a hair before his left. Upon review, the appeal was upheld.
Interception of Tommy DeVito
Purdue and Illinois would trade 2 punts apiece with Purdue up 7 and the time would start to wind down. With 3:37 and the ball at Illinois 30, DeVito threw a pass that was deflected off the line by Lawrence Johnson and picked up by Kieren Douglas, who was injured on the play.
Mitchell Fineran 25-yard field goal
Purdue managed to cut time while entering the end zone on the field on a windy day. With 1:05 to go and Illinois running out of timeout, Fineran had it.
Purdue recovered a side kick
Illinois managed to get downfield a bit and kick a 38-yard field goal with 17 seconds left. The ensuing inbound kick barely traveled 5 yards when Purdue landed on it and secured the barrel.
Purdue brings home the Cannon as they prepare for a wacky run from B1G West and a possible bowling match. As everyone thought.
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