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

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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.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

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Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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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.