WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue believes it is on the verge of becoming a good football team.
The Boilermakers were in danger of falling into a tailspin after a 38-10 loss to Notre Dame, but they quickly recovered. They beat Minnesota 45-17, then gave a spirited effort in a 23-18 loss at Penn State last Saturday. Now, a more confident Purdue squad that still expects to make a bowl game hosts No. 23 Illinois on Saturday.
Purdue coach Danny Hope says quarterback Caleb TerBush's improvement has been a key to the team's growth. He also says the defensive line has improved.
Illinois features A.J. Jenkins, the national leader with 895 yards receiving, and defensive end Whitney Mercilus, who leads the nation with 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.
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