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O’Connell, Durham lead Purdue past No. 21 Illinois 31-24

Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Champaign, Ill.

CHAMPAIGN — Aidan O’Connell passed for 237 yards and three scores, two to Payne Durham, and Purdue beat No. 21 Illinois 31-24 to turn the Big Ten West race into a muddled mess.

The win gives the Boilermakers a tie for first and a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker over the Illini, who were firmly in control until losing their last two games.

Purdue scored on three-straight drives to take a 28-21 lead on Durham’s 13-yard touchdown reception with 13:13 left, finishing a drive that was aided by three Illinois penalties.

 

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