What happened and what mattered in the Purdue 46-7 win over Illinois?
Purdue 46, Illinois 7
Purdue had two weeks off after the win over Nebraska, and it looked fresh and prepared. It dominated the Illini with 611 yards, a razor-sharp first half, and a great defensive performance allowing just 250 yards and no points after the first quarter.
David Blough completed 25-of-36 passes for 377 yards and three scores with a pick, DJ Knox added 150 yards, and the O kept on rolling on the way to a 29-7 halftime lead. After the last three great games, the Boilermakers are as ready as they’re going to be for Ohio State, at Michigan State, and Iowa coming up next. They’re 3-3, but those three losses came by a combined eight points.
Illinois followed up it’s best performance of the season – a 38-17 win over Rutgers – with this total clunker. The O line couldn’t handle the Boilermaker defensive front that lived behind the line with four sacks and nine tackles for loss. The running game was held to 69 yards and a score – it didn’t come up with any big dashes. Reggie Corbin led the running backs with 20 yards, AJ Bush completed just 12-of-25 passes for 170 yards with a pick, and ran for a team-high 24 yards and a touchdown.
And that’s that. There was a path for the Illini to go bowling with a win this week, but now they have to go on the road for three wins in the next four games before closing out against Iowa and Northwestern. Next up? On the road against Wisconsin – the Badgers might be a wee bit ticked off after doing that against Michigan.