Purdue came into Saturday's matchup with Northwestern coming off a bye week, while the Wildcats were coming off one of their biggest upsets in recent history, a win at Notre Dame.
One would think the situation was set up perfectly for Purdue to crush Northwestern's bowl hopes. Whoever thought that would be mighty wrong however.
Purdue put up its worst performance of the season Saturday, getting crushed by the Wildcats in front of a raucous crowd of 200 or so (unofficially) at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilers had several unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and even more (five) turnovers. For more fun, they allowed the Wildcats to convert on multiple 4th down attempts, which - believe it or not - is even more frustrating than the usual "leave a receiver wide open over the middle on third and long" strategy that is usually deployed.
Purdue scored a late touchdown with :54 seconds left to bring the score to 38-14, though to those that watched the game it still felt more like 70-3.
Purdue plays perennial powerhouse Indiana next week in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.