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Big Ten: Boilermakers going to 6th straight bowl

©Associated Press
November 24, 2002

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Brandon Jones ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns as Purdue beat Indiana 34-10 Saturday to become bowl eligible for a sixth straight season.

Purdue stormed the field and huddled for the Old Oaken Bucket presentation. Players held it over their heads and ran toward the crowd in celebration. Fans spilled onto the field but were calm and followed the team back in the direction of the locker room instead of trying to tear down the goal posts.

Kyle Orton, who Tuesday said he would consider transferring if he couldn't win back his starting job next spring, came off the bench to lead Purdue on five scoring drives and 539 yards of total offense.

Orton completed his first five passes and was 22-of-28 for 173 yards.

Brandon Kirsch started for the Boilermakers and threw their only touchdown for a 7-0 lead on their first possession.

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WISCONSIN 49, MINNESOTA 31: Anthony Davis ran for a career-high 301 yards and five touchdowns on 45 carries for the host Badgers, who became bowl eligible for the first time since 2000.

Davis tied the school record for TDs set by Billy Marek against Minnesota in 1974.

The Golden Gophers won the meeting last season to break a six-game losing streak in the series, the oldest in Division I-A (112 meetings, including every season since 1907).

After Davis's 2-yard score put Wisconsin ahead 42-21, Jim Leonhard intercepted Asad Abdul-Khaliq in the end zone with 2:27 left. Davis, who also had scoring runs of 4, 1 and 25 yards, then scored on a 71-yard run with 1:26 left.

Abdul-Khaliq's 2-yard TD toss to Thomas Tapeh gave Minnesota a 31-28 lead with 12:30 left. But Brooks Bollinger scored on a 1-yard sneak two minutes later to give Wisconsin the lead for good.

ILLINOIS 31, NORTHWESTERN 24: Jon Beutjer threw three touchdowns and ran for one to lead the visiting Fighting Illini.

Illinois forced five turnovers, including two interceptions by Michael Hall, and limited Northwestern to one field goal in four trips inside the Illini 5.

Trailing 24-10 midway through the second half, Northwestern failed to convert on fourth and 1. Illinois drove 96 yards, capped by Beutjer's 29-year score to Brandon Lloyd to give it a 31-10 lead.

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