In a penalty soaked sport, Purdue comes out on high of Illinois 31-24 on the street, conserving their Massive Ten West Title hopes alive.
A chilly, windy day in Champaign, Illinois was marred much less by climate and extra from a torrential downpour of yellow fabric.
Purdue and Illinois mixed to commit 18 penalties for 201 yards. Illinois gave Purdue 7 first downs on penalties on their method to 12 penalties value 121 yards.
Purdue’s protection, after a shaky begin, made simply sufficient performs late and held the nation’s main rusher Chase Brown in examine whereas getting a late interception to assist seal a one rating ball sport for Coach Jeff Brohm and his Boilermakers.
However Illinois nonetheless had an opportunity to get the ball again down only one landing with greater than three minutes to go, however Aidan O’Connell was capable of finding T. J. Sheffield for a conversion on 4th and 9 with simply over 3 minutes remaining on the clock.
Purdue was in a position to then run the clock right down to 1:05 when fifth-year senior Mitchell Fineran redeemed himself for an earlier miss kicking into the wind by knocking a 25 yard discipline aim by way of the uprights to place Purdue up two possession, 31-21 on the street at Illinois with the Massive Ten West up for grabs.
With a win for Illinois, the Preventing Illini would have all however wrapped up the Massive Ten West. The Boilermakers win means the Massive Ten West continues to be lots up for grabs for Purdue in the event that they win out.
Aidan O’Connell bounced again from an early turnover to go 25-40 for 237 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Devin Mockobee out paced Illinois’ Chase Brown, going for 106 yards on 28 carries and a landing. Brown did get into the tip zone twice, however the Heisman hopeful was held to beneath 5 yards a carry and was by no means in a position to break off something substantial in opposition to Purdue. He had 23 carries for 98 yards.
Brown did go down very late within the sport as he was being tackled going out of bounds and appeared to injure his proper ankle/leg. He appeared unable to place any weight on his proper leg.
If pure bulk of penalties wasn’t sufficient for you, Purdue was additionally referred to as for disconcerting indicators within the third quarter. Whereas it regarded just like the officers have been discussing if a throw away cross by Tommy Devito after an errant snap within the fourth quarter was intentional grounding, they have been truly on the brink of penalize Purdue for yelling out and mimicking the snap rely. You possibly can’t make these items up, of us.
Sizzling Begin Fizzles Away
Purdue began the sport choosing up an enormous first down and getting inside Illinois’s 30 yard line, however went for it on 4th and 5 from the 26 and Aidan O’Connell’s cross to Payne Durham sailed over his head on an out route.
Devin Mockobee had an enormous catch early within the drive to transform a third and 12. Mockobee caught the ball within the flight behind the road of scrimmage and instantly made an Illini defender miss. He then made two extra defenders miss as he carved his method to decide up 14 yards.
However regardless of shifting the ball nicely in opposition to one of many nation’s greatest defenses, Purdue got here away with no factors.
That Did not Take Lengthy
When a protection lets Iowa’s offense transfer the ball downfield the week earlier than like Purdue’s did final week, they’re in all probability going to get examined early.
After a run to Chase Brown on the primary play of the sport, Illinois took their first deep shot on their second play of the sport. Tommy Devito regarded left and launched a ball to Brian Hightower in a single on one protection. Hightower got here down with it and Illinois had their first huge strike of the sport with the 32-yarder.
One other completion and three extra Chase Brown runs was all Illinois wanted to get on the scoreboard first. Brown’s 2 yard run up the center gave Illinois the 7-0 lead.
Give ‘Em a Leg
Purdue was in a position to transfer the sphere once more on Illinois and get inside Illinois’s thirty once more. Payne Durham had an enormous reception the place he leaped two defenders and bounced off a 3rd to achieve 26 yards.
This time Purdue’s offense did not convert a protracted third and lengthy on the Illini twenty seventh. This time they tried the 45 discipline aim instantly into the wind.
Mitchell Fineran missed proper and Purdue did not put factors on the board for the second straight possession to begin the sport.
Turning It Over
Purdue’s third possession began off promising with a Charlie Jones reception for a primary down after which a defensive interference name on a 3rd down to maneuver Purdue in the direction of mid discipline. Purdue’s offensive line was doing nicely in opposition to a harmful Illinois entrance. They have been giving O’Connell a number of time, and possibly an excessive amount of time.
O’Connell threw a deep ball proper into the palms of a defender into the wind, however the defensive again could not come down with it. Just a few performs later AOC dropped again and regarded deep down the left sideline. He did not Tyler Pressure sitting beneath Deion Burks‘ route and threw it proper to an Illini defender once more.
This time Pressure was in a position to maintain onto it and Purdue turned the ball over to Illinois on the Purdue 47.
Purdue’s protection anchored down and the offenses flipped sides of the sphere. Illinois had the wind in its face and Tommy Devito’s scorching begin turned to 4 straight incompletions and an offense unable to transform on third downs. Illinois punted the ball on three straight three and outs after a Purdue sack.
Purdue’s offense then went to the bottom to get the sticks shifting.
Coach Brohm referred to as a velocity choice to the precise. Illinois’s protection went straight for Mockobee and left O’Connell an open lane up the precise hash.
Another choice run two performs later had O’Connell pitch the ball left to Mockobee who burst previous a defender and received to the sting for a 26 yard carry. Contained in the pink zone Purdue saved handing the ball off to Mockobee and he careened into the tip zone on a 6 yard carry.
Purdue tied the sport 7-7 with 8:46 left int he second quarter.
Illinois responded with a 10-play drive to attain their second landing of the sport and take a 14-7 lead.
Brett Bielema’s Preventing Illini virtually responded instantly when he drew up a trick play the place an finish round led to the ball again within the palms of his quarter Devito who had a streaking Tip Reiman behind the protection up the precise sideline. The throw was completely positioned however Reiman let it bounce off his fingertips and it regarded like Purdue’s protection might need dodged a bullet.
However Illinois leaned on Chase Brown and Devito was make simply sufficient performs along with his legs to maintain the chains shifting.
Purdue regarded prefer it was going to carry Illinois to a discipline aim when Devito dropped again on third and seven from Purdue’s 20 yard line. He ran by way of his development and could not discover anybody open, however Purdue misplaced containment, and he was in a position to run to his proper for 12 yards and a primary down. Chase Brown punched it in from 8 yards out on a run to the left on the following play.
AOC Deep Strike
Brohm’s protection stopped Illinois with just below two minutes left within the first half.
Aidan O’Connell then set his sights on his favourite goal, Charlie Jones, who had been quiet going into the drive. O’Connell discovered Jones for 16 yards on the precise aspect line to maneuver to the Illinois 47.
It regarded like O’Connell then pressured a ball in the direction of Jones and Illinois was going to have their second interception when Devon Witherspoon went to the bottom with the ball in his hand, however the official threw a flag and Illinois was referred to as for a questionable defensive cross interference name.
It was sufficient of a gap for O’Connell who fired his greatest throw of the sport, a laser to Charlie Jones forty yards downfield and two yards into the tip zone with simply inches to spare over the defender’s outstretched palms. The 32 yard landing cross gave Purdue their second landing and the following additional level tied the sport 14-14 with 1:40 earlier than the half.
Tied at Half, Purdue 14, Illinois 14
Aiden O’Connell was 14-23 for 140 yards and 1 landing and 1 interception within the first half.
Tommy Devito was 7-12 for 92 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Each working backs had success within the first half.
Chase Brown had 12 carries for 62 yards whereas Devin Mockobee went for 76 yards on 13 carries. Each working backs had a landing on the bottom.
Brawl at Halftime
Each groups have their sights on the Massive Ten Championship sport and the groups have been testy on the sphere throughout and between performs. Each groups needed to be damaged up as a big skirmish between the 2 sides occurred across the 20 yard line. Each side have been in a position to be separated with out additional altercations or incitement.
Purdue’s first drive of the second half featured extra Purdue oddities: Aidan O’Connell hurting Illinois along with his legs and receivers not named Charlie Jones making performs.
T. J. Sheffield received lose on a double transfer on the left aspect. He hit the out and as much as get previous the nook and O’Connell delivered the cross completely earlier than the protection may come over and assist. The 34 yard cross arrange Purdue on the Illinois 4 yard line.
A run shut down left by Mockobee and a thrown away cross on second down by O’Connell arrange Purdue with a troublesome third and aim from the 5 yard line. Purdue left O’Connell within the backfield with 5 large and Purdue’s offensive line as soon as once more gave O’Connell time.
O’Connell went by way of his progressions earlier than being flushed left the place he noticed his huge tight finish Payne Durham with a defender clearly proper in entrance of him. However Durham is 6’5″ inches and O’Connell put it solely the place his tight finish may go up and get it. Durham was in a position to seize the ball with each palms and produce his proper foot down simply in bounds.
O’Connell’s second TD cross gave Purdue its first lead of the sport, 21-14.
After Purdue’s most full drive of the sport, Illinois responded with an 11 play 60 yard drive that wasn’t with out its drama.
For the second time, a pricey interception was referred to as again with a defensive interference penalty. Tommy Devito regarded to go deep, however beneath threw it to 1 on one protection and it regarded like Jamari Brown made a play on it. Brown intercepted the cross however the official flagged him for placing his hand on the Illinois receiver who regarded to already be falling down and unaware of the place the ball was.
Illinois made the many of the second likelihood. They drove right down to the one yard line the place Purdue regarded to make a defensive stand. They stuffed a run with Chase Brown, and a sneak from Devito. On third down, Illinois’s Alex Palczewski dedicated a false begin and Illinois had third and aim from the 5 yard line.
Devito was in a position to thread a cross to the left nook of the tip zone to Brian Hightower and Illinois tied the sport once more at 21-21 with simply over a minute left within the third quarter.
Two unsportsmanlike penalties on Purdue after the additional level would give Illinois the kick off at Purdue’s 35 yard line.
The Flag Warfare
After defenses traded punts within the first half, each offenses began to roll within the second half and Purdue’s fourth landing gave them a 28-21 lead. That is essentially the most factors the wonderful Illinois protection had given up all season.
Illinois was referred to as for 2 extra cross interferences within the drive to assist Purdue get into the pink zone once more.
Aidan O’Connell was capable of finding Payne Durham once more within the pink zone, this time on a crossing route the place Durham carried his defender into the tip zone to present Purdue the one landing lead.
Extra Flags and a Massive Sack
For a second it regarded like Chase Brown was going to tie the sport up all on his personal. Brown took a hand off proper and there was a large gap for him to run by way of and no Boilermakers in his manner. His 20 plus yard run was one of many first huge performs of the sport for the Heisman hopeful as Purdue had held the working again largely in examine.
This time it was Illinois’ personal blockers holding Brown in examine when one other Illinois penalty would deliver the run again.
Just a few performs later and Purdue’s protection made Illinois pay once more. Tommy Devito tried to keep away from the push however as a substitute simply saved shifting backwards down the sphere. By the point Khordae Sydnor wrapped up Devito for the sack, Devito had misplaced 18 yards. One other holding penalty later and Illinois can be trying to transform a third and 38 down 28-21 with 7 minutes left within the sport.
Purdue Holds Off Illinois
Illinois could not get out of their very own manner the remainder of manner. They dedicated 12 penalties for 121 yards and could not match Purdue’s last landing. Purdue’s protection did an excellent job holding Brown from making huge performs and Tommy Devito accomplished simply 18-32 passes and his first interception off a deflected cross sealed the sport for the Boilermakers.
Payne Durham ended the sport with 7 receptions and 70 yards. He caught each second half landing passes.
T. J. Sheffield had his greatest sport of the season, catching 6 and going for 72 yards.
Charlie Jones had 4 catches for 66 yards, together with a landing to finish the primary half.
Sanoussi Kane had 9 tackles. O. C. Brothers had 8 tackles. Kieren Douglas had an interception.