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David Blough impresses, but Purdue suffers crushing loss to Bowling Green


David Blough impresses, but Purdue suffers crushing loss to Bowling Green

It was a sensational debut for freshman quarterback David Blough, but Purdue suffered another heartbreaking defeat on Saturday.

Blough, in his first start taking over for Austin Appleby, had the Boilermakers neck and neck with high-scoring Bowling Green. But a missed field goal that could have given Purdue a lead led to a game-winning drive for Bowling Green, which scored with nine seconds remaining to send the Boilermakers to a 35-28 loss in West Lafayette.

Blough completed 29 of his 39 passing attempts for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was a remarkable revelation for the Purdue offense, which amassed 426 total yards against Bowling Green’s defense.

The Falcons entered with one of the most prolific offenses in the country, quarterback Matt Johnson the nation’s leading passer. But the Boilers answered nearly every Falcons score. Blough tied the game at 7 with a touchdown run in the first quarter. He hit DeAngelo Yancey for a 45-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter.

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Down, 21-14, at the half, Blough set up a five-yard touchdown run for Jarrett Burgess to tie the game at 21. And Blough immediately answered a go-ahead Johnson touchdown toss with a 62-yard touchdown pass about halfway through the fourth quarter.

After that quick drive, Purdue’s defense forced a Bowling Green punt, and Blough led a more than four-minute drive down to the Bowling Green 15-yard line. But, for the second time in the game, Purdue kicker Paul Griggs missed a short field goal — this one 32 yards, the first 19 — blowing the opportunity to give his team the lead.

Bowling Green responded with a two-and-a-half-minute touchdown drive that ended with a short touchdown run with just nine seconds remaining.

Bowling Green ended up hanging 539 total yards and 402 passing yards on the Purdue defense.

It was yet another crushing defeat for Purdue, which blew a late lead in the season-opening loss to Marshall and was hammered last week by Virginia Tech. Saturday's loss knocks the Boilers to 1-3.

There are plenty of silver linings here, though, most namely Blough, who had a sensational day in his first start as the Boilers’ No. 1 quarterback.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.