Purdue scores 46 unanswered to beat Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- What do you say when you give up 46 unanswered points in a blowout Homecoming loss in front of the biggest crowd of the year? For the Illini coaching staff, not much.

There were more questions than answers from the Illini coaches and players after Purdue steamrolled its way to a blowout win here at Memorial Stadium.

"We haven't played this bad in a game as I've seen so that's what we're going to say," head coach Lovie Smith said. "It happens sometimes, can't really give you an answer why it happened."

The offense showed flashes early scoring on its second drive to take the lead but it went dormant from there. A week after rushing for 330 yards, the Illini only had 69 against the Boilers. Reggie Corbin, Mike Epstein and Ra’Von Bonner combined for just eight attempts.

"They did exactly what we thought they would do," running back Reggie Corbin said. "They played hard, they played well and today they just, they were the better team today."

"I think the inconsistency we've seen throughout the season caught up with us today and hard to see that and then we got beat today, up and down the field," lineman Nick Allegretti said.

The offense wasn’t good but the defense was worse. David Blough completed nearly 70 percent of his passes torching the young Illini secondary, setting up two receivers and one back for 100-plus yard performances.

"They were hitting some seam routes and different deep balls on us," linebacker Jake Hansen said. We tried to switch it up a little bit but we didn't play well."

So we’re halfway through the season and Illinois stands at 3-3. Not bad all things considered and it’s probably the record most Illini fans had figured the team would have at this point but getting blown out before going to nationally ranked Wisconsin leaves a sour taste. We’ll see how they respond next week to start the second half of the year.

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