- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Purdue (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) at No. 24 Northwestern (7-2, 3-2, No. 18 CFP) 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Line: Northwestern by 16

Series Record: Purdue leads, 50-28-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Northwestern’s momentum. The Wildcats have it after back-to-back blowout losses at Michigan (38-0) and home against Iowa (40-10). Northwestern responded by winning 30-28 at Nebraska and beating Penn State 23-21 at Ryan Field to move back into the Top 25.

KEY MATCHUP

Northwestern RB Justin Jackson vs. Purdue’s line. Jackson is coming off a career game against Penn State and continues to climb on the school’s all-time rushing list. The Boilermakers are allowing a league-worst 205.1 yards rushing per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Purdue: QB David Blough has completed at least 28 passes in three of his six starts. He is the first Purdue QB with at least 28 completions in three games since Curtis Painter did it eight times in 2007.

Northwestern: Jackson carried 28 times for a career-high 186 yards against Penn State and became the 10th player in program history to rush for 2,000. The sophomore ranks ninth on Northwestern’s career rushing list with 2,104 yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson is expected to play after leaving last week’s game with a lower-body injury. … Northwestern has won three of four against Purdue, including a 38-14 win in West Lafayette, Indiana, last season. … Northwestern and Purdue are the two least penalized teams in the Big Ten. The Wildcats have a league-low 43 while the Boilermakers are tied for second fewest with 46. … Purdue got blown out 48-14 by Illinois last week after beating Nebraska. … Purdue is looking to beat a ranked team for the first time since a win over No. 23 Illinois in 2011. … The Boilermakers have not attempted a field goal in Big Ten play. … Purdue RB Markell Jones is averaging 5.51 yards per carry, fourth nationally among freshmen. … Sophomore Solomon Vault returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown last week, his second kick return TD this season and the third of his career.

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