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Purdue rolls in second half to top Northwestern 32-14 at Wrigley

The Boilermakers never trailed and scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half to give themselves some breathing room.
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Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright (0) catches a touchdown pass against Northwestern's AJ Hampton Jr. (11) during the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO — Aidan O’Connell threw three touchdown passes to Milton Wright to lead Purdue to a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field Saturday. 

O’Connell was 29 for 39 for 423 yards passing and Wright had 213 yards on eight catches - both career highs. 

Evan Hull had 96 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries but the Wildcats dropped their fifth straight to fall to 3-8.

The Boilermakers never trailed and scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half to give themselves some breathing room.

Wright, who’d never caught more than one touchdown before Saturday, had scoring catches of 17 and 45 yards in the third quarter.

Purdue stands7-4 heading into the Old Oaken Bucket game at home against Indiana. 

The Boilermakers will be heading to a bowl game around the holidays, as well. Various early projections have Purdue playing in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl or the Quick Lane Bowl.