Purdue Football beat Northwestern 17-9 in their final home game of the season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Purdue’s defense held Northwestern for 240 total yards and forced three turnovers in the second half in a 17-9 win Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium and sent the team’s seniors off with a win in their last home game of the year.

The Wildcats tried to level the score near the end of the final minutes, but Redshirt senior defensive end Jack Sullivan charged into the backfield as a fourth down and knocked out the quarterback to stifle a comeback attempt. Sixth-year senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for a season-low 159 yards but brought the offense into the end zone twice in the first half to take an early lead.