Akeem Hunt turned a short pass into a 63-yard touchdown, and Purdue took another step toward a second consecutive bowl berth with a 20-17 victory at Illinois on Saturday. Hunt’s big play gave the Boilermakers (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten) a 13-3 lead in the third quarter.
Nebraska scored two touchdowns, one on offense and another on defense, to increase its lead to 38-0 over Minnesota after three quarters.
The offense led Purdue to 14 third-quarter points, and the Boilermakers now lead 20-10. Purdue threw for 75 yards and ran for 97 yards in the quarter. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 13-3 thanks to a one-play, 63-yard drive that ended when Robert Marve tossed a 63-yard touchdown to Akeem Hunt.
The third quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the margin is still seven, as Ohio State leads 14-7. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing three punts in the quarter.
Nebraska stifled Minnesota’s offense, giving up just six total yards in the second quarter, and the Cornhuskers now lead 24-0. Nebraska held the Golden Gophers to negative rushing yardage (-3 yards) in the quarter.
Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase led the offense in the second quarter. He threw for 18 yards and ran for 33 yards, but the Fighting Illini now trail 6-3. Purdue’s Sam McCartney booted two field goals in the quarter.
Montee Ball had a productive quarter for Wisconsin. He ran for 71 yards and one touchdown, but the margin is still seven, as the Badgers trail 14-7. Ball’s touchdown, the 78th of his career, tied the FBS record, held by Travis Prentice.