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Purdue 31, Illinois 24

By GAVIN GOOD
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Aidan O'Connell passed for 237 yards and three scores, two to Payne Durham, and Purdue beat No. 21 Illinois 31-24 to turn the Big Ten West race into a muddled mess.

The win gives the Boilermakers (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker over the Illini (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who were firmly in control until losing their last two games.

The Boilermakers finish the season with favorable matchups against Northwestern and at Indiana.

Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are still alive in the division, too, entering Saturday with 3-3 records. The Badgers and Hawkeyes were playing each other.

Purdue scored on three-straight drives to take a 28-21 lead on Durham's 13-yard touchdown reception with 13:13 left, finishing a drive that was aided by three Illinois penalties.

The Boilermakers gave O'Connell plenty of time and excellent protection all day, holding a highly rated Illinois defense zero sacks while getting to DeVito twice, including a costly 17-yard sack that took the wind out of an Illinois drive in the second half.

O'Connell completed 25 of 40 attempts and threw one interception. Devin Mockobee added 106 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

DeVito struggled against pressure and threw his first interception since a Sept. 10 win over Virginia. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards and a score.

Purdue also became the first team to hold Illinois star Chase Brown to fewer than 100 rushing yards this season. The nation's leader in rushing yards also appeared to suffer a leg injury late in the game, when he had to be helped off the field.

Durham made his first touchdown grab to cap a 90-yard drive that put the Boilermakers up 21-14 midway through the third quarter, but Illinois answered as DeVito connected with Brian Hightower for a 6-yard score with 1:13 left in the quarter.

Kieren Douglas intercepted a tipped Tommy DeVito pass with 3:37 left, and Purdue killed plenty of clock with a few runs and a critical 15-yard reception by TJ Sheffield on 4th-and-9 to escape with the win.

Mitchell Fineran secured the result with a chip shot 25-yard field goal, then Illinois kicker Caleb Griffin added a late 38-yard field goal with 17 seconds left.

Brown nudged Illinois in front with a 2-yard run at the 8:07 mark of the first quarter, capping a 74-yard drive.

Brown scored on an 8-yard run later and struck the Heisman pose in celebration.

THE TAKEAWAY
Purdue: The Boilermakers came into Champaign on a two-game losing streak. Credit the effort in the trenches — the Boilermakers never gave up a sack and paved the way for Mockobee to clear 100 yards against one of the country's top defenses.
Illinois: Back-to-back home losses have tempered the enthusiasm of a 7-1 start, and things don't get any easier next week at No. 3 Michigan. Still, the Illini are a victory away from their first eight-win season since 2007 and have chance to get to the Big Ten title game for the first time. Illinois holds the tie-breaker over Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

November 12, 2002


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PurdueIll
Ill TD 8:07 Chase Brown 2 yard TD run (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter PurdueIll
Purdue TD 8:46 Devin Mockobee 6 yard TD run (Mitchell Fineran Extra Point) 7 7
Ill TD 4:33 Chase Brown 8 yard TD run (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 7 14
Purdue TD 1:40 Charlie Jones 32 yard TD pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran Extra Point) 14 14
Third Quarter PurdueIll
Purdue TD 6:57 Payne Durham 5 yard TD pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran Extra Point) 21 14
Ill TD 1:13 Brian Hightower 5 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 21 21
Fourth Quarter PurdueIll
Purdue TD 13:13 Payne Durham 12 yard TD pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran Extra Point) 28 21
Purdue FG 1:05 Mitchell Fineran 25 yard field goal 31 21
Ill FG 0:18 Caleb Griffin 38 yard field goal 31 24
Team Stats
  Purdue Illinois
First downs 25 17
  Rushing 6 4
  Passing 12 12
  Penalty 7 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 33-142 33-102
Passing Yards 237 201
Return Yards 27 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-40-1 18-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-22
Punts 4 7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 5-80 12-121
Purdue Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. O'Connell 25 40 237 3 1
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. DeVito 18 32 201 1 1
Purdue Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Mockobee 28 106 3.8 1
A. O'Connell 2 33 16.5 0
D. Downing 1 2 2.0 0
K. Lewis 1 2 2.0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 23 98 4.3 2
R. Love III 4 3 0.8 0
T. DeVito 6 1 0.2 0
Purdue Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Sheffield 6 72 12.0 0
P. Durham 7 70 10.0 2
C. Jones 4 66 16.5 1
D. Mockobee 4 26 6.5 0
M. Rice 1 5 5.0 0
A. Sowinski 1 4 4.0 0
D. Burks 1 -2 -2.0 0
T. Tracy 1 -4 -4.0 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Hightower 5 89 17.8 1
C. Brown 3 32 10.7 0
P. Bryant 3 25 8.3 0
C. Washington 1 25 25.0 0
I. Williams 3 16 5.3 0
T. Reiman 2 13 6.5 0
R. Love III 1 1 1.0 0
Purdue Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Douglas 1 0
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Strain 1 16
Purdue Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ansell 4 179 44.8
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Robertson 7 295 42.1
Purdue Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jones 1 8 8.0
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Vining 1 0 0
Purdue Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tracy 1 0 0
A. Sowinski 1 0 0
D. Burks 1 19 19.0
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Marchese 1 9 9.0
P. Vining 1 14 14.0
A. Bryant 1 27 27.0
Purdue Missed FG
Player Length
M. Fineran 45
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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