Rutgers held on to beat Purdue, 14-12, in a low-scoring Big Ten battle Saturday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. Purdue scored a touchdown with 25 seconds left, but the Boilermakers (3-4, 1-3) 2-point conversion attempt came up short as they dropped their second straight conference game.
It was the second straight Big Ten win for Rutgers (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten). The Scarlet Knights got long touchdowns from Raheem Blackshear and Gus Edwards in the victory.
Purdue out-gained Rutgers, 474-217 and had 25 first downs to Rutgers’ eight first downs. But Jeff Brohm’s team had a pair of drives stall inside the red zone.
Purdue-Rutgers score, live updates
14-12 Rutgers, 0:25: Purdue finally found the end zone with just 25 seconds left as David Blough found Anthony Mahoungou for a score. However, the Boilermakers came up short on the 2-point conversion and lost the game.
14-6 Rutgers, 3:20: Purdue comes up short again in the red zone. The Boilermakers’ drive stalls close to the goal line, but they do get it back to a one-score game with a 24-yard field goal.
14-3 Rutgers, 8:02: The Scarlet Knights find the end zone again, this time through the air. Quarterback Giovanni Rescigno finds wideout Raheem Blackshear for a 35-yard score to put Rutgers up by two scores with 23 minutes left.
7-3 Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights take the lead into the locker room after a low-scoring first half. Purdue out-gained Rutgers, 240-140, but the teams were a combined 3-for-16 on 3rd down.
7-3 Rutgers, 12:05: Purdue gets on the scoreboard early in the second quarter with a 26-yard field goal from Spencer Evans. Rutgers kept the Boilermakers out of the end zone, though, after Purdue had a 1st-and-goal at the 8-yard line.
7-0 Rutgers, 12:23: Rutgers strikes first and strikes quick. Gus Edwards breaks off a 74-yard touchdown run to put the Scarlet Knights up 7-0 with 12:23 left in the first quarter.
Purdue-Rutgers game time, details
Purdue and Rutgers kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
The line: Purdue -10
Purdue-Rutgers game preview, picks
Purdue and Rutgers are at different stages in their respective rebuilds, in ways that both do and don’t make sense.
Turning a football team from bad to good was always going to be easier at Purdue than it will be at Rutgers. For starters, the Boilermakers play the much cushier Big Ten West, while the Scarlet Knights have to rebuild while playing and recruiting against Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and a Michigan State team that has rebounded much more quickly than most people expected. But even with that caveat, Purdue has become a contender in the west at a surprisingly quick pace. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, Rutgers followed up its initial 8-5 campaign with a 4-8 season, then with a 2-10 garbage fire during which it did not win a conference game. The future isn’t all bad for Rutgers, but no matter how you slice it, the road ahead is tough in Piscataway.
Purdue only needed one offseason under Brohm to become the second-best team in the division. His fun offense, with its screens and pre-snap motions, hasn’t even been the only improvement. Purdue’s defense ranked 99th in the country last year in the S&P+ algorithm. This year, it’s at No. 43. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who also had experience coaching defense at Washington and USC, has rounded this group into form. In limiting Wisconsin to 17 points in last week’s loss, Purdue became the first team to hold the Badgers under 30 points this season. That’s an important part of this team that’s likely going to get more attention as the Boilermakers continue their conference schedule. Because while Brohm’s offense got most of the initial headlines, you can’t compete in the Big Ten without a solid defense.
Rutgers was clearly outclassed in a 56-0 loss to Ohio State, but played Nebraska close in a 27-17 loss and was victorious over Illinois last week. While the Scarlet Knights are still often getting pounded by Big Ten East foes, there is reason to think this particular game could be competitive. While Purdue’s still rightfully getting the edge, Rutgers could still make this interesting.
The Scarlet Knights seem to defend the run well, and their own ground game isn’t too shabby. S&P+ ranks Rutgers’ rushing offense No. 26 in the whole country. No one’s too explosive in the Rutgers backfield, but seniors Gus Edwards and Robert Martin are solid options, and freshman Raheem Blackshear could be the program’s future in the backfield. On defense, Chris Ash had his team ready to stop the run in most of its games this season. Take away the bloodletting against Ohio State, and Rutgers is limiting teams to 3.4 yards per carry.
If Rutgers is able to get its ground game going while limiting Purdue’s, this game could be close.
Purdue-Rutgers TV channel information
Purdue-Rutgers will be televised on Big Ten Network. Find BTN in your area here.
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