WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Jerod Void ran for 102 yards and a
touchdown to lead Purdue to a 37-3 win over Illinois on Saturday,
the second straight victory for the Boilermakers after six
Purdue (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) won't play in a bowl game, but they
saved themselves from finishing at the bottom of the league
standings after starting the season ranked 15th in the country.
Illinois (2-8, 0-7) lost its eighth straight game after starting
and clinched at least a tie for last place in Ron Zook's first year
as coach. The Illini avoided being shut out when Jason Reda kicked
a 30-yard field goal with 7:37 left.
Curtis Painter improved to 2-2 as Purdue's starting quarterback.
The redshirt freshman completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards and a
touchdown and ran 16 times for 57 yards and two scores.
Purdue defensive end Rob Ninkovich caught a 1-yard touchdown
pass from Painter with 4:10 left in the third quarter to give the
Boilermakers a 17-0 lead.
Void had his second consecutive big game. He ran for 134 yards
and three touchdowns in a 28-21 win over Michigan State last week.
The senior is three touchdowns short of Mike Alstott's school
record of 39 touchdowns rushing heading into the season finale
The Purdue defense extended its shutout streak to six quarters
before giving up the field goal in the fourth quarter. The
Boilermakers entered the game ranked 112th out of 117 Division I
teams in total defense but held Illinois to 265 yards.
Pierre Thomas led Illinois with 68 yards on 11 carries, and
Rashard Mendenhall added 49 yards on nine carries.
The first quarter was scoreless. Purdue running back Kory Sheets
ended a nine-play, 94-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run that
gave the Boilermakers a 10-0 at halftime.
Illinois failed to score a touchdown for the second consecutive
game. The Illini lost to Ohio State 40-2 last week.