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"I thought we'd win and walk out of here happy," Cubit said.
Purdue's Akeem Shavers ran for a career-high 148 yards on 22 carries, filling in for the injured Ralph Bolden, and was named the game's MVP.
TerBush was 8 of 13 for 101 yards with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Bush midway through the third quarter that put Purdue up 34-18. Robert Marve was 6 of 7 for 76 yards with a 1-yard scoring pass to Pegram in the first quarter.
Purdue defensive end Gerald Gooden had two of his team's four interceptions, and gave back one of those two turnovers back to the Broncos in a game filled with miscues and missed opportunities for both teams.
Western Michigan's star receiver, Jordan White, who drew at least one NFL scout to watch him, caught 13 passes -- including a one-handed grab -- for 249 yards and a score. He was given a sixth season of eligibility this year because of injuries.
"We're about 10 points from being 10-3," said White, who set MAC marks for yards receiving in a season and career. "I think we had all the pieces to the puzzle, but we didn't make it happen on the field."
Carder was 31 of 57 for 413 yards with three TDs. But the junior matched a career high with four interceptions and gave up the ball a fifth time to end the Broncos' chances to rally in their home state in front of tens of thousands of their fans.
Purdue headed back across the border to Indiana happy, especially school officials who added two years to Hope's deal last week to keep him under contract through 2016.
"Big difference between being a bowl participant and a bowl champion," Hope said. "It builds great momentum for our team and will give us a shot in the arm with recruiting and will energize our fan base."
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