NCAAF Game Recap - Purdue at Northwestern
Sat Nov 9, 2019 12:00 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Purdue (4-6)

0

7

14

3

24

Northwestern (1-8)

14

2

0

6

22

Purdue beats Northwestern 24-22 on Dellinger's late FG
Sat Nov 9, 2019 4:46 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Aidan O'Connell has a knack for leading game-winning drives. He engineered his second in as many weeks with help from kicker J.D. Dellinger.

O'Connell threw for 271 yards and Dellinger kicked a 39-yard field goal with three seconds left Saturday as Purdue beat Northwestern 24-22 to keep its bowl hopes alive.

O'Connell, a former walk-on, made his first start after Elijah Sindelar (broken left collarbone) and Jack Plummer (broken right ankle) went down with injuries. He guided the go-ahead drive late after Wildcats kicker Charlie Kuhbander's 32-yard field goal bounced off the left upright.

David Bell made 14 catches for 115 yards and a score as the Boilermakers rallied from down 14-0 in the first quarter. Northwestern lost its seventh straight, while Purdue beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2010 after losing five in a row.

O'Connell quarterbacked the winning drive last week against Nebraska, and he came through again.

"It wasn't a pretty game, and we had some moments where we looked really bad," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. "But we hung in there, and that has kind of been the sign of our team."

Northwestern (1-8, 0-7 Big Ten) scored more points than in its four previous games combined, as receiver-turned-tailback Kyric McGowan rushed for 146 yards and a score.

O'Connell struggled in the first half but helped Purdue (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) outscore Northwestern 17-6 after halftime. The Wildcats committed two pass interference penalties on the final drive to keep Purdue in it, and Dellinger knocked through the game-winner into gusting wind.

"I had a good feeling we were gonna at least get a chance at it," Dellinger said. "It felt really good off my foot, and it looked pretty dead straight almost all the way there, so I felt good about it."

McGowan lined up in the backfield and burst up the middle for a 79-yard touchdown on Northwestern's second play from scrimmage. Aidan Smith found a diving Jace James from 16 yards out to put the Wildcats up 14-0 on the next drive, and Northwestern added a safety.

Purdue running back King Doerue bounced outside for a 12-yard score in the second quarter. Then O'Connell floated touchdown passes over the defense to David Bell and Amad Anderson in the third. The Wildcats retook the lead when Smith connected with Riley Lees in the fourth, but they couldn't close it out.

"Probably the best response I've seen from our team all year responding from adversity," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We got it back, we put together a great drive and then the last four minutes of the game the difference was discipline."

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: The Boilermakers have a tough road remaining with games at Wisconsin and at home against Indiana, but they can still qualify for a bowl game.

Northwestern: A season marked by lifeless offense will end in a last-place finish in the Big Ten West. It'll be the Wildcats' worst season since at least 2006, Fitzgerald's first season at the helm.

ICE COLD

Northwestern called timeout before Dellinger's go-ahead field goal in an attempt to ice him. Dellinger was just fine with that.

"I think it helps, honestly," Dellinger said. "It gives me a chance to catch my breath. I guess I probably shouldn't say that if any other coach is watching the replay later."

HOMETOWN KID

O'Connell made his first career start close to home. He graduated from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and had family waiting for him outside Purdue's locker room after the game.

"Just had a lot of people . who make me reflect and realize how grateful I am and how many people poured into me when things weren't going my way early in my career," O'Connell said. "When you have that, you really feel like you can do anything."

UP NEXT

Purdue: Off next week before a trip to Wisconsin on Nov. 23.

Northwestern: Hosts Massachusetts in a break from Big Ten play.

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Passing

Purd Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. OConnell 50 34 68.0 2 271 21 2 78.0
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Smith 31 19 61.3 2 184 33 1 86.0

Rushing

Purd Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Doerue 9 43 4.8 18 1
Z. Horvath 5 24 4.8 18 0
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McGowan 17 146 8.6 79 1
D. Anderson 16 51 3.2 8 0

Receiving

Purd Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Bell 14 115 8.2 18 1
A. Anderson Jr. 9 67 7.4 17 1
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 8 62 7.8 13 1
B. Holman 2 53 26.5 33 0

Fumbles

NW F FL
A. Smith 1 0

Returning

Purd KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Z. Horvath 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 1 27.0 0 27 1 8.0 0 8

Punting

Purd Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Collins 3 124 41.3 61
B. Cormier 2 66 33.0 35
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. David 5 166 33.2 35

Takeaways

Purd Int Yds InTD
C. Allen 1 16 0
NW Int Yds InTD
C. Ruiz 1 0 0
B. Gallagher 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Purd NW
Points For 24 22
Total Yards 345 435
Rushing Yards 74 251
Passing Yards 271 184
Passing Completions / Attempts 34/51 19/31
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/1
First Downs 22 24
Penalties - Yards 5/39 9/86
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/15 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/38 5/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Purd NW
NW 4:26 TD Kyric McGowan 79 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 0 7
NW 11:13 TD Jace James 16 yd pass from Aidan Smith (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter Purd NW
Purd 5:03 TD King Doerue 12 yd run (J.D. Dellinger kick) 7 14
NW 14:01 SF Team safety 7 16
3rd Quarter Purd NW
Purd 5:34 TD David Bell 13 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (J.D. Dellinger kick) 14 16
Purd 8:32 TD Amad Anderson Jr. 11 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (J.D. Dellinger kick) 21 16
4th Quarter Purd NW
NW 3:50 TD Riley Lees 8 yd pass from Aidan Smith (failed 2pt pass) 21 22
Purd 14:57 FG J.D. Dellinger 39 yd FG 24 22

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 37,194
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