The Purdue offense picked up where it left off in the third quarter, at least to some extent. They steadily fed running back Azeem Hunt the ball, making their way to the NU 17-yard line. But linebacker Anthony Walker and defensive lineman Dean Lowry sacked Austin Appleby on third down, forcing the field goal unit to come out for the Boilermakers. However, Paul Griggs’s 42-yard attempt hit the left upright, and Purdue came away with no points.
Northwestern’s first drive of the second half didn’t start until 6:44 left in the quarter. About a minute later, they’d punt the ball back to Purdue.
After an uneventful third quarter, Northwestern heads into the 4th quarter with a 24-7 lead.