Coming off a big come-from-behind win last week against Penn State, Northwestern looks to win its third straight game, as the Wildcats host the Purdue Boilermakers (2-7, 1-4) in a Week 11 clash.
The Wildcats will have Clayton Thorson running the offense after the redshirt freshman left last week with what was deemed a "lower body injury." Additionally, the Wildcats will look to keep Justin Jackson on track after the sophomore ran for a career-high 186 yards last week following three down games. Purdue has one of the worst defenses in the nation, too, so the Wildcats will look to attack a unit that ranks 107th in rushing yards allowed this year.
On defense, the Wildcats will hope to slow a young yet talented Boilermaker backfield: redshirt freshman quarterback David Blough and freshman running back Markell Jones. The Boilermakers put up 55 points against Nebraska but have struggled mightily otherwise, including last week in a 48-14 blowout loss to Illinois.
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