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  11/27/21 - QB Aidan OConnellrSr/2023, Purdue

  Aidan O'Connell tied a career high with four touchdown passes and Zander Horvath ran for another score Saturday as Purdue won the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2018 with a 44-7 victory over Indiana. The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten) have won four of five to post their highest single-season victory total since 2006. It was the most lopsided game in the series since 2008 when Purdue won 62-10 in the late Joe Tiller's final regular-season game as coach. Indiana (2-10, 0-9) lost its last eight games, finishing its first winless season in league play since 2011. But the annual in-state battle, which was canceled twice last season because of COVID-19, certainly carried some of the traditional rivalry themes. There were big plays, hard hits, loud chants and plenty of penalties on a rainy, windy afternoon that eventually gave way to clearing skies as night fell over cold, sold out Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue took control with a quick start. Horvath capped the opening possession with a 1-yard scoring plunge that was originally ruled a fumble and recovered by the Boilermakers in the end zone. Indiana tied the score on a 2-yard run from Donaven McCulley and then Purdue started pulling away. O'Connell's 24-yard TD pass to Paul Piferi broke the tie early in the second quarter and Mitchell Finneran's 32-yard field gave Purdue a 17-7 halftime lead. The Boilermakers sealed it early in the second half when O'Connell threw TD passes on each of the first two drives - 21 yards to Jackson Anthrop and 5 yards to T.J. Sheffield - to make it 31-7 midway through the third. O'Connell threw a 20-yard pass to David Bell before departing early in the fourth. O'Connell was 26 of 31 with 278 yards. Bell had six catches for 79 yards in what could be his final home game. - Purdue/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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