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Boilermakers upset Illini with big run game 38-27

  • Purdue running back Akeem Hunt (1) evades Illinois defensive back Eaton Spence (27) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Purdue running back Akeem Hunt (1) evades Illinois defensive back Eaton Spence (27) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue wide receiver Danny Anthrop (33) takes a hit from Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Purdue wide receiver Danny Anthrop (33) takes a hit from Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

Purdue gashed Illinois for 349 yards rushing and first-time starting quarterback Austin Appleby threw for a touchdown and ran for two more to lead Purdue to a 38-27 upset Saturday at Illinois.

Appleby was 15 of 20 for 202 yards. He ran for another 76 yards on seven carries.

Akeem Hunt carried the ball 30 times for 177 yards and a touchdown.

The Boilermakers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) took a 24-14 lead on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Appleby to Danny Anthrop in the third quarter.

Big plays sank the Illini (3-3, 0-2). Besides the 80-yard touchdown, Purdue had plays of 62, 54 and 53 yards.

Wes Lunt led Illinois with 332 yards and three touchdowns. But he limped off the field with help early in the fourth quarter after a big hit and did not return.