O’Connell rallies Boilermakers late to get past Illini 13-9

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Peters #18 of the Illinois Fighting Illini loses the ball as George Karlaftis #5 and Marvin Grant #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers apply pressure during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 25, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Aidan O’Connell hooked up with T.J. Sheffield on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 5:44 left to play, giving Purdue a 13-9 victory over rival Illinois. The Boilermakers rebounded from their only loss of the season by claiming the Cannon Trophy for the second straight year. Illinois has lost four in a row since beating Nebraska in the season opener, this one coming after giving up the only touchdown of the game.

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