Northwestern Wildcats (3-7) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (6-4)
Where: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Watch: Big Ten Network
Listen: WGN Radio
The Wildcats travel just a few miles down the shore from Evanston to the Friendly Confines in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago to host the Purdue Boilermakers in the first Wildcats Classic since 2010. While Purdue has been hot as of late, the Wildcats hope the energy from Wrigley will give them the momentum necessary to take down the Boilermakers in this special edition game.
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LIVE GAME FEED:
Coin toss: Northwestern has won the coin toss and defer to receive in the second half. Purdue will start with the ball.
1ST QTR: Purdue charges down the field with relative ease on its first possession of the game, but a forced incomplete pass on 3rd and 3 at the Northwestern 17-yard line, followed by a missed 37-yard field goal attempt by the Boilermakers' Mitchell Fineran leaves the contest scoreless.
1ST QTR: Northwestern is forced to punt it away on their first possession after a strong tackle by Purdue DE George Karlaftis takes down Evan Hull for a three yard loss.
1ST QTR: The Wildcats stuff the Purdue offense at 3rd and 1 and force the Boilermakers to punt for their first time today.
1ST QTR: The 38-yard FG attempt from Charlie Kuhbander is no good, as Purdue gets a hand up to block it. Still scoreless at the Friendly Confines with 2:29 left in the quarter.
END OF 1ST QTR: Northwestern 0, Purdue 0.
2ND QTR: Despite several broken up passes from the Wildcats defense, it's not enough to keep the Boilermakers off the board as Mitchell Fineran's 32-yard FG attempt is good. Purdue 3, Northwestern 0.
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2ND QTR: Ryan Hilinski is now in at QB for the Wildcats after Andrew Marty started the game.
2ND QTR: After a drive riddled with penalties on both sides, Purdue's O'Connell slips and throws the ball out of bounds, setting the Boilermakers up for a 25-yard FG attempt. Fineran's kick is good, and Purdue extends the lead to 6-0 with just over 6 minutes left in the first half.
2ND QTR: Ryan Hilinski with a MAJOR 46-yard completion to Malik Washington brings the Wildcats to the Purdue 30-yard line for their first considerable gain on the day. 5:49 left in the 2nd quarter.
2ND QTR: After going for it on 4th and 10, the Wildcats come up short on their attempt to get on the board, and the Boilermakers will take over on downs at their own 29-yard line.
2ND QTR: A 53-yard pass from O'Connell to Milton Wright is taken to the end zone on the right field warning track, and Purdue extends their lead to 13-0 over the Wildcats with under two minutes left in the first half.
2ND QTR: Andrew Marty is back under center for the Wildcats and gets the ball rolling with a 35-yard pass to Stephon Robinson Jr.
HALFTIME: The Wildcats win their race against the clock as Marty connects with Marshall Lang in the end zone to cut the Purdue lead to 13-7 as the teams head into intermission at the Friendly Confines.
3RD QTR: O'Connell finds Milton Wright once again for a 17-yard touchdown. Purdue extends their lead to 19-7 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt.
3RD QTR: Evan Hull takes care of business and leads the Wildcats down the field, eventually running the ball 1 yard to cap off the drive with a touchdown. Purdue 19, Northwestern 14 with 5:29 left in the third.
3RD QTR: O'Connell finds Milton Wright yet again, this time for a 45-yard TD connection. Purdue extends their lead to 26-14 with 4:03 left in the third.
END OF 3RD QTR: Purdue 26, Northwestern 14.
4TH QTR: O'Connell and Wright continue to their streak of hot connections with a 50-yard gain, advancing Purdue to 1st and goal.
4TH QTR: The Boilermakers tack on to their lead thanks to a 22-yard field goal from Fineran. Purdue 29, Northwestern 14 with 11:41 left in the contest.
4TH QTR: Andrew Marty is sacked on four consecutive plays for a total loss of 22 yards, turning the ball over on downs and setting up Purdue on the Northwestern 35-yard line with just over 5 minutes left.
FINAL: Purdue 32, Northwestern 14.