The Plague of Turnovers

Illinois Fighting Illini - Purdue Boilermakers
Pierre Thomas rushed for 107 yards in his final game at Memorial Stadium. Thomas also set the all-time kickoff return yardage record at Illinois.

It was a cold, sad Senior Day at Memorial Stadium Saturday. Leading 23-21 late into the 3rd quarter and seemingly in control of the game, Illinois committed 4 straight turnovers which were converted to 3 short TD drives by Purdue and thus a 42-23 deficit. The Illini's 4th quarter comeback fizzled and the Boilers won 42-31. Final game of the year is Saturday at Northwestern. Recap. Thread.

Photos by Cary Frye courtesy of fryeimages.

More photos of the game after the jump!


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Juice Williams had a tough day throwing the football. Juice was 8-29 for 95 yards and one INT.

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Illinois TE Jeff Cumberland fights for yardage. Cumberland had two catches for 31 yards.

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Williams rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries against Purdue.

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Juice dives into the endzone for a touchdown.

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Illinois linebackers J Leman and Antonio Steele combine to make a stop. Leman led the Illini with 13 tackles.

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J Leman pulls down Purdue WR Selwyn Lymon.

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Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor gets stopped by Antonio Steele. Steele had seven tackles for Illinois.

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Juice Williams gets hit in the endzone by Purdue DT Alex Magee. Williams fumbled on the play with Magee recovering for a Purdue touchdown.

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Illinois DB Vontae Davis pressures Purdue punter Jared Armstrong.

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Kicker Jason Reda was a perfect 3 for 3 on field goals for the day.

Jim Grabowski
Hall of Famer Jim Grabowski is honored at half-time. Grabowski is retiring after 28 years as a color analyst for the Illini.

Chief Illiniwek
Chief Illiniwek.

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Leman knocks the ball loose from Purdue TE Dustin Keller.

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Purdue QB Curtis Painter dives into the endzone for a touchdown.

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Illinois DT Josh Norris stops Purdue RB Jaycen Taylor.

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Pierre Thomas scores a touchdown.

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J Leman.

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Pierre Thomas.


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