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3:43 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Northwestern Edges Closer To Bowl Game With Victory Over Purdue

Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell intercepts an Austin Appleby pass in the fourth quarter Saturday.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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Sports
9:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Purdue Men Go To 3-0, But Tougher Schedule Awaits In Maui

A team scoring effort led the Boilermakers to their third straight win Thursday.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

A major factor in several losses for Purdue's football team this year has been the team's deficits -- not on the scoreboard, but in personnel. A Boilermaker math major might make an equation out of it: fewer athletes means fewer wins.

Men's basketball coach Matt Painter has had many more years to find Big Ten-caliber athletes than has Darrell Hazell, and it's beginning to turn those deficits into dividends.

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Education
4:13 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Purdue Tuition Freeze Leads To Falling Student Debt Loads

Purdue students now hold about $40 million less in debt than they did four years ago.
Credit Purdue University

Purdue’s two-year-old tuition freeze appears to be lowering the amount of debt Boilermakers are assuming.

In the 2010-2011 school year, students on the West Lafayette campus had amassed about $223 million in debt. Through the first month of this school year, that number is about $40 million smaller – an average decrease of about $1000 per student.

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Sports
5:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: September 12

Purdue's athletics director says Boilermaker athletes are coached to act better than some of their NFL counterparts when they're not on the gridiron.
Credit Purdue Athletics

Some questions in this week's conversation:

You’re on the record as saying it’s gotten harder in recent years to draw students to games. There are a lot of factors to which one might attribute that – what stands out most in your mind?

You mentioned on our last program that when the Big Ten Network money came rolling in a few years ago, you doubled down on improving facilities. What other amenities are you considering putting into sports facilities?

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Sports
3:50 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Big Ten and Pac-12 paired for two more bowl games

The college football bowl season is six months away, but the Big Ten and Pac-12 are making future plans. The two conferences have new arrangements.

The first is a deal with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in the San Francisco area. The other is with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

The Pac-12 has an existing relationship with both bowl games, but each will get improved selection rights for a conference team. Officials with the two bowl games are still working on selection order for the Big Ten Conference.

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