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Purdue at Illinois

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When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Stadium (60,670/FieldTurf), Champaign, Ill.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Records: Purdue 4-6, 1-5 Big Ten; Illinois 2-8, 0-6

Line: Purdue by 6

Series: Illinois leads 42-39-6

On the Web: For a video preview, go to “Boiling Point” at www.journalgazette.net

Purdue

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 28.3 (65th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 391.2 (73rd)

Passing yards per game: 232.4 (61st)

Rushing yards per game: 158.8 (66th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 29.6 (75th)

Yards per game: 404.2 (67th)

Passing yards per game: 222.2 (47th)

Rushing yards per game: 182 (85th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Robert Marve, 1,001 passing yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs; RB Akeem Shavers, 553 rushing yards, 4 TDs; WR Antavian Edison, 52 catches, 575 receiving yards, 7 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, DT, 32 tackles, 5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss; CB Ricardo Allen, 32 tackles, 1 INT; S Landon Feichter, 61 tackles, 4 INTs

Keys to victory: Short could be in line for another big game going against an Illinois team that is averaging just 10.5 points in Big Ten games.

Injury: DT Brandon Taylor (ankle), S E.J. Johnson (undisclosed) doubtful; WR Raheem Mostert (leg) questionable

Illinois

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 16.9 (118th)

Yards per game: 298.5 (115th)

Passing yards per game: 175 (105th)

Rushing yards per game: 123.5 (99th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 31.5 (89th)

Yards per game: 308.3 (51st)

Passing yards per game: 202.1 (29th)

Rushing yards per game: 178.2 (82nd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Nathan Scheelhaase, 1,110 passing yards, 4 TDs, 6 INTs; RB Donovonn Young, 459 rushing yards, 2 TDs; WR Ryan Lankford, 471 receiving yards, 5 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Mason Monheim, 74 tackles; DE Michael Buchanan, 43 tackles 2 1/2 sacks; DB/LB Ashante Williams, 66 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: Purdue defeated Iowa last week despite losing three fumbles. The Illini will have to try to force similar mistakes, then take advantage of them.

Injuries: LB Jonathan Brown (shoulder) questionable

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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