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David Blough throws for 300 yards in Purdue's comeback win over Nevada


David Blough throws for 300 yards in Purdue's comeback win over Nevada

Darrell Hazell's Purdue teams haven't had much success against FBS opponents in non-conference competition, but the Boilermakers added a win Saturday.

After going down 14-3, Purdue kept Nevada off the scoreboard in the second half, adding two touchdowns of its own to come back for a 24-14 win.

Purdue quarterback David Blough passed for 300 yards and threw a pair of touchdown tosses to go along with an interception in the win.

Blough kept up his pattern of long touchdown passes, and after Nevada built a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, Blough hit Bilal Marshall for a 48-yard scoring play in the final two minutes of the first half.

Using good field position to their advantage, the Boilers capped a 49-yard drive with a Markell Jones touchdown run on their first possession of the second half. Purdue turned the ball over via a fumble and on downs on each of its next two drives, but after Nevada missed what would've been a game-tying field goal, Blough pitched a 51-yard touchdown to Brycen Hopkins to seal the deal with about a minute to play.

Purdue racked up 466 yards of offense in this one, the defense doing its part in keeping Nevada to just 253 total yards and just 68 rushing yards.

Jones had a big day rushing the ball, carrying 22 times for 124 yards and a touchdown.

The win — the second in 11 non-conference games against FBS teams under Hazell — bumped the Boilers' win-loss mark up to 2-1. They play their first Big Ten game next weekend against Maryland.

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.