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Purdue Defeats Western Illinois 31-21 - Recap

Dan Dierking scampered through the Western Illinois defense for 102 yards as Purdue handed the Leathernecks a 31-21 defeat on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 28.5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 49.5.

Robert Marve completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 171 yards for the Boilermakers in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Leathernecks defense.

Caulton Ray rushed for 73 yards for Western Illinois, while Bryce Flowers added 36 yards. Matt Barr threw for 286 yards for the Leathernecks, while receivers Terriun Crump and Justin Morgan had 52 and 51 yards respectively.

Western Illinois led the time of possession tally, as the game finished as a 34:33/25:27 split in that important category.