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(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Purdue 33, Indiana 25
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Akeem Hunt ran for 100 yards on 10 carries to help lift Purdue to a 33-25 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Boilermakers (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten) became bowl eligible for the first time under third-year head coach Danny Hope, and in the process also notched their first road win of the year.
However, it also came at a cost, as leading rusher Ralph Bolden injured his right knee in the third quarter and did not finish the game. The extent of the injury was not disclosed by school officials after the game. Bolden had 117 total yards (54 rush, 63 receiving) and a touchdown at the time of his injury.
The Hoosiers (1-11, 0-8) are the only school from a BCS conference not to beat a single team from the Football Bowl Subdivision, as they finished the year with nine straight losses. Stephen Houston led the way with 129 rushing yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Houston gave Indiana a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when he broke free for a 52-yard touchdown run.
Purdue answered with a 10-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Caleb TerBush's 14- yard scoring strike to Antavian Edison.
IU reclaimed the lead on its next possession, which was set up by Kenny Mullen's kick return to midfield, as D'Angelo Roberts scored on a six-yard run.
The Boilermakers trimmed the margin to 14-10 early in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs.
Seconds after a 32-yard field goal by IU's Mitch Ewald midway through the second quarter, Purdue made it a 17-17 game on an eight-yard touchdown scamper from Bolden. That TD was set up by Raheem Mostert's 81-yard kickoff return.
Wiggs tacked on three straight field goals (43, 48, 22 yds) to give Purdue a 26-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Edison scored on a five-yard run with 11:04 remaining to stretch the Boilermakers' lead to 33-17. Roberts scored on a five-yard run midway through the frame, but the Hoosiers were not able to draw any closer.
Purdue converted 11-of-20 third downs en route to a 10-minute edge in time of possession and 508 yards of total offense for the game. With 10 Big Ten teams eligible for the conference's eight bowl berths, the Boilermakers will need some help from the bowl selection committee to cement their spot in the postseason.
11/26 20:50:08 ET