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Purdue falls to No. 23 Northwestern 27-20

The Wildcats stayed unbeaten in handing the Boilermakers their first loss.
Credit: AP
Purdue running back Zander Horvath (40) pushes off the tackle of Northwestern linebacker Chris Bergin (28) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Peyton Ramsey threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns, all to Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, and No. 23 Northwestern beat Purdue 27-20 in a cold and rainy Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday night.

After Purdue rallied to within a touchdown on Aiden O'Connell's touchdown pass to Milton Wright midway through the fourth quarter, the Wildcats defense also came up with two late stops to preserve their fifth straight Big Ten win and their first 4-0 start in league play since 1996. 

The last time Northwestern achieved the feat coach Pat Fitzgerald was still playing. 

Purdue has now lost five straight home games in the series.

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