LIVE: Purdue vs Northwestern
The Purdue Boilermakers and Northwestern WIldcats are squaring off in a noon-game here at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. This is the 81st meeting between the two teams.
Purdue defensive captains Jake Replogle and Ja'Whaun Bentley are both OUT for today's contest. It will be interesting to see how Purdue adjusts on defense.
#Purdue defensive captains Jake Replogle (DT) and Ja'Whaun Bentley (LB) are both OUT for today's game— The Sports Opinion (@SportsOpinion_) November 12, 2016
On the opening drive, Purdue went 61 yards in 5:07. The drive capped off in a 26 yard field goal off the foot of J.D. Dellinger. On the drive, DeAngelo Yancey moved into 10th place in Purdue history for career receiving yards. The Boilermakers get out to an early 3-0 lead.
Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson was intercepted in the red zone on 4th down by C.J. Parker of Purdue. Parker returned the pick 50 yards to set up a Boilermaker drive from the 33 yard line.
C.J. PARKER with the fourth-down interception!! His 1st as a Boilermaker and returns it to Northwestern's 33! #BoilerUp— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 12, 2016
David Blough with the QB keeper on 4th and goal from the 1 to sneak into the end zone and extend the Purdue lead to 10.
An interception by Northwestern CB Montre Hartage set Northwestern up for a scoring drive. Taking over at the 26 yard line, the Wildcats needed only 4 plays to get into the end zone. Austin Carr caught his 11th touchdown of the season off a 2 yard throw from Clayton Thorson. The Wildcats turn this into a 10-7 game.
Northwestern's Austin Carr is the Big Ten's best receiver. He just caught a TD pass to make it 10-7, Purdue leading.— Pete DiPrimio (@pdiprimio) November 12, 2016
2 Purdue defenders collided on what would have been a sure-fire pick-six. The Boilermakers settle to force a punt. Unfortunatley, Purdue was unable to capitalize on the field position with a drive ending in a failed fourth down conversion.
Wide receiver Austin Carr ties a Northwestern single-season record with his 12th touchdown catch of the season. This one comes off of a 33-yard pass from QB Clayton Thorson. Northwestern takes a 14-10 lead over Purdue.
I voted for Austin Carr as Big Ten offensive player of the year this week. Still feeling that way.— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) November 12, 2016
Austin Carr just tied the Northwestern single-season record for TD catches with his TWELFTH. NU leads 14-10.— Inside NU (@insidenu) November 12, 2016
Your weekly reminder Austin Carr was once a walk on, and is now the best WR in the Big Ten. Amazing. What a talent to slip thru.— Adam D Seidel (@AdamDSeidel) November 12, 2016
At halftime, Northwestern leads Purdue 14-10. Purdue honored Boilermaker legend and NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson at halftime. I will post audio from Woodson's time with the media later.
Justin Jackson ran from 14 yards out to extend the Northwestern lead to 11 points. On the scoring drive, Jackson surpassed 1000 rushing yards on the season. He becomes the first player in Northwestern history to have 3 seasons of 1000+ yards of rushing.
Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. intercepted David Blough to give Northwestern the ball right back. On the next play, Clayton Thorson found Garrett Dickerson for a 42 yard touchdown pass. Northwestern now leads 28-10.
Bilal Marshal caught a 51 yard bomb from David Blough to give Purdue another touchdown. The Boilermakers now trail the Wildcats 28-17.
Northwestern got right back with a 2 yard touchdown run by Clayton Thorson. The Wildcats now lead the Boilermakers 35-17.
Justin Jackson with his second touchdown of the day. This one coming from 9 yards out. Northwestern now leads Purdue 42-17.