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Duane Burleson, Associated Press
Purdue's Akeem Shavers carries the ball as Western Michigan's Freddie Bishop (97) give chase in the first half of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl college football game Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Detroit.

DETROIT — Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before halftime to give Purdue a big lead, and the Boilermakers held on to beat Western Michigan 37-32 Tuesday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

The Broncos had the ball with a chance to go ahead, but their comeback hopes ended when quarterback Alex Carder fumbled for his fifth turnover with just under 2 minutes left.

The Boilermakers (7-6) led 27-15 at halftime after third-string running back Reggie Pegram scored the first two touchdowns of his career.

The Broncos (7-6) scored first on Carder's 49-yard flea-flicker pass to Jordan White and went back ahead midway through the second quarter.

Mostert returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD to put Purdue ahead for good.