Posted by Adam Jacobi
[UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Northwestern kicker Stefan Demos missed a 46-yard wide right. Very wide right. Purdue is kneeling to win the game.]
The Purdue Boilermakers didn't look to be serious contenders for more than a win or two in Big Ten play this season. They lost their starting tailback and top wideout to knee injuries before the season, then QB Robert Marve was lost to an ACL tear two weeks later.
But somehow, they've found a way to keep pace with Northwestern in Evanston tonight, and the Boilermakers have just taken the lead late. Following a blocked field goal, Purdue put together their best drive of the night behind freshman quarterback Rob Henry, and went ahead on a Dan Dierking rush up the middle, 20-17, with under five minutes to play.
Northwestern is driving down the field, and is in field goal range with 1:35 to play.