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Hoosiers down Purdue 54-36, bowl eligible for first time since 2008

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - SEPTEMBER 5: Head coach Kevin Wilson of the Indiana Hoosiers is seen during the game against the Southern Illinois Salukis at Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Nate Sudfeld threw for four touchdowns and Devine Redding ran for a career-high 144 yards Saturday to help Indiana pull away from Purdue 54-36 and become bowl eligible for the first time in eight years.

The Hoosiers (6-6, 2-6) won the Old Oaken Bucket for the third straight time — their longest winning streak in the series since taking four straight from 1944-47.

Indiana did it by winning back-to-back road games for the first time since 2007 and back-to-back road games in league play for the first time since 1993.

Austin Appleby threw for 332 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores, while Markell Jones rushed for 96 yards with a touchdown and broke Purdue’s single season rushing record by a freshman.

The Boilermakers (2-10, 1-7) lost their last four.

Indiana sealed the win with Sudfeld’s 72-yard TD pass to Andre Booker with 10:15 to go.