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Boilermakers edge closer to a bowl berth

  • November 17, 2012 - 10:18 PM

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. - 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. After Illinois pulled within 13-10 on a 16-yard touchdown run by Dami Ayoola, Ralph Bolden's 63-yard run set up Akeem Shavers' 6-yard TD scamper for a 20-10 Purdue lead.

With their first back-to-back Big Ten road victories since 2009, the Boilermakers stayed alive in their chase for postseason play. If Purdue can beat Indiana at home next Saturday to earn bowl eligibility, it will be its first three-game winning streak in one season since 2007.

The Boilermakers rallied after losing their first five Big Ten games, but Purdue never trailed against Illinois. The Boilermakers didn't commit a turnover in winning at Illinois for the first time since '06.

Illinois (2-9, 0-7) remained the only Big Ten team without a conference win.

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