WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Aidan O'Connell threw two touchdown passes in his final home game and kept the Purdue Boilermakers in contention for the Big Ten West title with a 17-9 victory over Northwestern.
The former walk-on was 16 of 25 with 159 yards.
The Boilermakers have won two straight and could reach their first Big Ten championship game with by winning a third straight game next week coupled with an Iowa loss.
Northwestern has lost 10 straight, this one coming in the starting debut of second-year quarterback Cole Freeman.