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Northwestern cashes in on turnovers to beat Purdue 38-14

  • Northwestern’s Dan Vitale (40) is tripped up by Purdue’s Frankie Williams (24) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Northwestern’s Dan Vitale (40) is tripped up by Purdue’s Frankie Williams (24) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Northwestern’s Zack Oliver (10) grimaces as he's brought down by Purdue’s Ryan Russell (99) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Northwestern’s Zack Oliver (10) grimaces as he's brought down by Purdue’s Ryan Russell (99) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Northwestern’s Treyvon Green (22) is stopped by Purdue’s Jalani Phillips (89) and Taylor Richards (4) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Northwestern’s Treyvon Green (22) is stopped by Purdue’s Jalani Phillips (89) and Taylor Richards (4) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

Northwestern linebacker Jimmy Hall set up 14 points with an interception and a fumble recovery, and the Wildcats beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday.

A victory against Illinois on Nov. 29 would make the Wildcats (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) bowl eligible.

Wildcat quarterback Trevor Siemian hurt his left leg trying to pick up a first down and did not return. He was replaced by Zach Oliver.

Hall's interception of a pass by Austin Appleby — one of four first-half Purdue turnovers — set up Northwestern's first score, a 24-yard pass from Siemian to Dan Vitale.

Hall recovered a fumble by Akeem Hunt at the Northwestern 43, setting up a nine-play, 57-yard drive, capped by Justin Jackson's 9-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.

Jackson finished with 23 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Purdue (3-8, 1-6) has yet to win a Big Ten home game in coach Darrell Hazell's two seasons, falling to 0-8.