WEST LAFAYETTE—Sometimes, college football victories have a bittersweet angle.Such is the case for Purdue after snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois in Ross-Ade Stadium.Junior quarterback David Blough, who led the Big Ten in passing in 2016 and was 16 of 24 for 194 yards against the Illini, suffered a severe and likely season-ending leg injury with 12:27 remaining when tackled by free safety Stanley Green inside the Illinois 5-yard line.Blough was carted off the field while sitting upright and pumping his fist to exhort the crowd. He left the stadium by ambulance.The Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3) outscored Illinois 16-0 during the final 30 minutes.
”I don’t know for sure,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. ”I think the leg was dislocated, but I don’t know for sure. It’s a fairly severe injury that hopefully he can come back from.”
Meanwhile, Purdue’s aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks.Illinois (2-7, 0-6) lost its seventh consecutive game, six in a row in the Big Ten.