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Larkin helps Northwestern extend streak with win at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Jeremy Larkin proved he could be Northwestern's workhorse Thursday night.

He also showed he's more than capable of replacing career rushing leader Justin Jackson.

In his first game as the Wildcats' feature back, the sophomore carried 26 times for a career-high 143 yards, scored two touchdowns and helped close out a season-opening 31-27 victory at Purdue with a final drive that consumed more than 7 1/2 minutes.

''I thought he (Larkin) managed the end of the game,'' Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ''All the little things, goes down and keeps the clock running. All those seconds count. That's a veteran guy even though he's still young.''

It was a much needed change in direction for Northwestern, which opened last season 2-3.

Since then, it has won nine straight overall and nine straight over Big Ten foes - the Wildcats' longest streaks since their 1995 Rose Bowl. And, for now, they still have the longest winning streak among Power Five schools.

The game also marked the return of quarterback Clayton Thorson, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December. Team doctors advised Fitzgerald to play Thorson and backup TJ Green played in a rotation and both played solid.

Thorson wound up 16 of 26 with 172 yards passing in his 40th consecutive start but must to wait at least one more week to break a tie with Brett Basanez and Len Williams to become the school's career leader in TD passes.

Green was 7 of 11 for 63 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to make it 24-14 midway through the second quarter.

For Purdue, it was frustrating.

Elijah Sindelar was benched after throwing three interceptions in the first half - each leading to a touchdown. He wound up 18 of 30 with 196 yards and connected with freshman Rondale Moore on a 32-yard score late in the first quarter.

''We can take a sack, it's not a complete killer but we just tossed it to the other team too many times and that's disappointing,'' Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. ''I know he (Sindelar) is disappointed. It will get better.''

Moore had a huge college debut, catching 11 passes for 109 yards, running two times for 79 yards including a nifty 76-yard run to tie the score at 14 and broke Otis Armstrong's single-game record for all-purpose yards. Armstrong had 312 yards against Indiana in 1972. Moore had 302 at halftime and wound up with 313.

The difference, as usual, was turnovers.

Sindelar's first interception led to Larkin's 1-yard run , and John Moten IV capped the Wildcats' second possession with a 2-yard TD run.

After Moore tied the score, Northwestern kicker Charlie Kuhbander made it 17-14 with a 34-yard field goal.

Sindelar was picked off two more times before halftime and the Wildcats cashed in with Green's TD plunge and Larkin's 4-yard scoring run to make it 31-17 at halftime.

Things slowed down in the second half after D.J. Knox broke free for a 45-yard run on Purdue's first play. Knox made it 31-24 with a 2-yard TD run and Evans made a 27-yard field goal just 4 seconds into the fourth quarter.

But Thorson and Larkin played keep away for the final 7:57, closing it out after Purdue's Lorenzo Neal was called for a personal foul on third-and-11 with 2:31 to go and the Boilermakers out of timeouts.

''He did an awesome job,'' Thorson said, referring to Larkin. ''It's a credit to how he worked in the offseason and we'll be behind him all season.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: The Wildcats needed a change after slow starts the past two seasons. This key road win could help them challenge for the Big Ten West crown.

Purdue: The Boilermakers made too many mistakes in the first half and couldn't get the ball back despite some late chances. Sindelar was benched in favor David Blough, who nearly led Purdue back.

INJURIES

Northwestern: Receiver Bennett Skowronek and safety Jared McGee both left in the first half but returned later. Defensive tackle Alex Miller limped off in the third quarter with what appeared to be a left leg injury.

Purdue: Cornerback Simeon Smiley left on a golf cart after a helmet-to-helmet collision with one of his teammates late in the first half. He had a cut over his left eye and did not return.

THEY SAID IT

Northwestern: ''To see Clayton come back after that type of injury and be back for the opener, I think, is nothing short of just absolutely inspiring,'' Fitzgerald said.

Purdue: ''I didn't think they played very hard in the first half,'' Brohm said about his defense. '' I didn't think they finished, I didn't think they ran to the ball. It was very disappointing.''

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Plays Duke in its home opener on Sept. 8.

Purdue: Hosts Eastern Michigan on Sept. 8.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 15:00
13-S.Evans 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
76
yds
06:36
pos
31
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:37
13-S.Evans extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
24
Touchdown 11:37
1-D.Knox runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
71
yds
01:52
pos
31
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:37
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
17
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:37
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good. Team penalty on NW Illegal formation 5 yards enforced at PUR 2. No Play.
plays
yds
pos
30
17
Touchdown 0:37
28-J.Larkin runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
30
yds
02:04
pos
30
17
Field Goal 3:50
13-S.Evans 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
44
yds
03:08
pos
24
17
Point After TD 7:06
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
14
Touchdown 7:06
10-T.Green runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
55
yds
00:58
pos
23
14
Field Goal 13:42
14-C.Kuhbander 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
69
yds
00:35
pos
17
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:02
13-S.Evans extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 1:02
4-R.Moore runs 76 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
94
yds
01:20
pos
14
13
Point After TD 4:20
13-S.Evans extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 4:20
2-E.Sindelar complete to 4-R.Moore. 4-R.Moore runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
60
yds
01:08
pos
14
6
Point After TD 5:34
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 5:34
20-J.Moten runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
65
yds
01:09
pos
13
0
Point After TD 7:58
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:58
28-J.Larkin runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
64
yds
04:42
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 23
Rushing 7 8
Passing 11 13
Penalty 5 2
3rd Down Conv 7-18 8-15
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 401 470
Total Plays 79 71
Avg Gain 5.1 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 166 202
Rush Attempts 42 25
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 8.1
Net Yards Passing 235 268
Comp. - Att. 23-37 30-46
Yards Per Pass 6.4 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-2
Penalties - Yards 6-56 9-95
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 4 2
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 3
Punts - Avg 7-37.9 4-42.3
Return Yards 78 125
Punts - Returns 1-2 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-33 5-125
Int. - Returns 3-43 0-0
Kicking 5/5 5/6
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Northwestern 1-0 14170031
Purdue 0-1 1437327
235 PASS YDS 268
166 RUSH YDS 202
401 TOTAL YDS 470
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 172 0 0 117.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 172 0 0 117.1
C. Thorson 16/26 172 0 0
T. Green 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 63 0 0 111.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 63 0 0 111.7
T. Green 7/11 63 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 143 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 143 2
J. Larkin 26 143 2 46
K. McGowan 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 17 0
K. McGowan 1 17 0 17
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
C. Thorson 3 8 0 6
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 8 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 8 1
J. Moten IV 5 8 1 2
T. Green 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 0 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 0 1
T. Green 4 0 1 4
C. Green 84 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
C. Green 1 -4 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 58 0
F. Nagel 5 58 0 22
C. Green 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 50 0
C. Green 5 50 0 16
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 47 0
B. Skowronek 3 47 0 40
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
J. Moten IV 2 25 0 18
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 20 0
J. Larkin 4 20 0 8
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 14 0 14
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
R. Lees 2 14 0 11
C. Fessler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
C. Fessler 1 7 0 7
W. Lansbury 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
W. Lansbury 1 4 0 4
T. Pugh 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Pugh 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Thompson 1-0 1.0 0
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Fisher 1-0 0.0 0
T. Kent 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
T. Kent 0-1 0.5 0
T. Goens 83 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
T. Goens 0-1 0.5 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
M. Hartage 0-0 0.0 1
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
N. Hall 0-0 0.0 1
J. Pace 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Pace 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/1 4/4
C. Kuhbander 1/1 34 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Collins 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 37.9 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 37.9 2
J. Collins 7 37.9 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 18 0
J. Moten IV 2 16.5 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
R. Lees 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Sindelar 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 196 1 3 105.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 196 1 3 105.9
E. Sindelar 18/30 196 1 3
D. Blough 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 74 0 0 113.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 74 0 0 113.9
D. Blough 12/16 74 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Moore 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 79 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 79 1
R. Moore 2 79 1 76
D. Knox 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 77 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 77 1
D. Knox 7 77 1 45
M. Jones 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
M. Jones 7 27 0 14
D. Blough 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
D. Blough 5 19 0 8
T. Fuller 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
T. Fuller 2 2 0 2
E. Sindelar 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
E. Sindelar 2 -2 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Moore 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 109 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 109 1
R. Moore 11 109 1 32
J. Sparks 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 76 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 76 0
J. Sparks 6 76 0 19
T. Wright 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 0
T. Wright 3 22 0 15
I. Zico 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
I. Zico 2 17 0 11
T. Fuller 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
T. Fuller 2 14 0 11
J. Anthrop 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
J. Anthrop 2 12 0 9
J. Burgess 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
J. Burgess 1 9 0 9
B. Hopkins 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
B. Hopkins 1 7 0 7
M. Jones 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
M. Jones 1 5 0 5
C. Herdman 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Herdman 0 0 0 0
D. Knox 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Knox 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Sp. Evans 13 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
2/3 3/3
Sp. Evans 2/3 38 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Schopper 31 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 42.3 0
J. Schopper 4 42.3 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Moore 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 25.0 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 25.0 37 0
R. Moore 5 25.0 37 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:40 NWEST 36 4:42 11 64 TD
6:43 NWEST 35 1:09 5 65 TD
4:20 NWEST 25 1:50 5 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:02 NWEST 25 0:35 8 59 FG
11:16 NWEST 36 1:34 3 9 Punt
8:04 NWEST 45 0:58 3 55 TD
3:44 NWEST 25 0:43 3 -1 Punt
2:41 PURDUE 30 2:04 6 30 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 NWEST 19 1:17 4 21 Punt
11:32 NWEST 20 0:54 3 9 Punt
9:26 NWEST 33 2:36 6 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 NWEST 25 1:12 3 8 Punt
12:05 NWEST 26 2:36 9 40 Downs
7:57 NWEST 22 7:20 16 46
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 PURDUE 15 2:02 9 39 INT
7:53 PURDUE 21 1:04 3 6 Punt
5:28 PURDUE 40 1:08 4 60 TD
2:22 PURDUE 15 1:20 4 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 PURDUE 26 2:11 7 38 FG Miss
9:33 PURDUE 38 1:23 4 7 INT
6:58 PURDUE 35 3:08 9 44 FG
2:54 PURDUE 34 0:00 1 66 INT
0:37 PURDUE 25 0:34 5 46 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 PURDUE 29 1:52 6 71 TD
10:31 PURDUE 26 0:57 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:42 PURDUE 14 6:36 13 76 FG
13:36 PURDUE 19 1:23 3 9 Punt
9:21 PURDUE 34 1:13 4 1 Punt