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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Oregon tried to give this one away, but Purdue couldn't take it.
Backup quarterback Chris Harper, a true freshman, led No. 17 Oregon on the winning drive after Purdue's Chris Summers missed his second field goal. LeGarrette Blount sealed the win with a 2-yard touchdown run. Harper came in after Justin Roper injured his knee in the first overtime.
The Boilermakers' big-game bugaboo continued as they couldn't knock off a ranked team, a streak running since November 2001. And Joe Tiller fell short of becoming the school's all-time winningest coach.
Full disclosure: I was a little bummed about covering this game on a day with so many appetizing matchups. By this point, I expected Oregon to have a win comfortably in hand. But this turned out to be a classic -- and a missed opportunity for the Big Ten.