WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Jerod Void ran for a career-high 119
yards and four touchdowns as Purdue (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 Associated Press) rolled to a 43-10
victory over Illinois on Saturday.
Ray Williams breaks tackles by Mike Gawelek and Travis Williams, right, en route to a touchdown.
The Boilermakers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have won four straight
overall and seven straight conference openers under Joe Tiller, who
became just the second Purdue coach to win 50 games.
The Illini (1-5, 0-2) lost their fourth straight and were beaten
by Purdue for the first time since 1998.
But on a day when everything seemed to go right for the
Boilermakers, Void finally produced the breakout game Purdue had
hoped for. He carried 25 times, broke free routinely, frequently
gaining yards in huge chunks.
From the start, it was no contest.
Purdue had eight first downs on its first 15 plays and 212 total
yards in the first quarter.
By halftime, the Boilermakers already had 200 yards rushing, 378
total yards, had scored on four of six possessions and led 27-3.
Wide receiver John Standeford caught six passes for 101 yards --
all in the first half -- and moved into second on the Big Ten's
career reception list with 215. He also set a school record for
yards receiving (3,062) and moved into fifth on the Big Ten's
Void got started early, rushing for 86 yards and three
touchdowns -- one more than he'd had in the Boilermakers first four
games -- in the first half.
For the Illini, it was pure misery.
They struggled to move the ball all day and could not stop
Purdue's balanced. Illinois finished with 191 total yards, 60
coming on its lone scoring drive that ended with a 28-yard field
goal from John Gockman early in the second quarter.
Jon Beutjer, the Big Ten's passing leader, was just 12-of-23 for
107 yards with one interception.
Purdue took advantage of the Illini's poor play.
Void scored on a 2-yard run on the Boilermakers first series and
a 4-yard run on the next series to make it 14-0.
Kyle Orton then threw a 20-yard TD pass to Ray Williams, who
made a nifty move along the sideline to slip one defender before
racing into the end zone. Jones' extra point was blocked but the
Boilermakers still led 20-0.
Void scored again on a 5-yard run midway through the second
quarter and on a 1-yard plunge early in the third quarter after
Ibrahim Halsey scored Illinois' only touchdown on a 41-yard punt
return in the fourth quarter.
Purdue's Ben Jones hit a career-long 50-yard field goal in the
third quarter for Purdue, and Brandon Jones closed out the scoring
with a 5-yard TD run in the game's final minute.