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Hull's 10 catches, 169 yards and 2 TDs from Scheelhaase lift Illinois to 20-16 win over Purdue

  • Illinois wide receiver Dan Monteroso (9) lands on his head holding the football after being tackled by Purdue defensive back Antoine Lewis, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Illinois wide receiver Dan Monteroso (9) lands on his head holding the football after being tackled by Purdue defensive back Antoine Lewis, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) catches a pass as Purdue defensive back Leroy Clark (3) and linebacker Will Lucas defend in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) catches a pass as Purdue defensive back Leroy Clark (3) and linebacker Will Lucas defend in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue wide receiver Shane Mikesky, right, reaches for the football as Illinois defensive back Jaylen Dunlap (28) defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Mikesky did not catch the pass. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Purdue wide receiver Shane Mikesky, right, reaches for the football as Illinois defensive back Jaylen Dunlap (28) defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Mikesky did not catch the pass. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

Steve Hull caught a career-high 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns to help Illinois defeat Purdue 20-16 on Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24 of 30 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Ferguson ran for a career-high 115 yards for the Fighting Illini (4-7, 1-6 Big Ten), who snapped a six-game losing streak this season and a 20-game skid in conference play.

Akeem Hunt ran for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown and Danny Etling completed 20 of 29 passes for 163 yards for Purdue, (1-10, 0-7), which has lost nine in a row.

Purdue had a chance to win late. The Boilermakers reached the Illinois 30-yard line, but Etling was pressured and threw an interception to V'Angelo Bentley to end the threat with just under a minute to play.