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.
Rutgers-Purdue football 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 run to put the Scarlet Knights up 7-0 with 12:23 left in the first quarter.
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The game between the Scarlet Knights and the Boilermakers can be watched on the Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network on your TV here.
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Rutgers-Purdue preview, keys to game
The Scarlet Knights and Boilermakers kick off at Noon ET from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey in a Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West clash that is the first meeting between the two squads in their histories.
The Scarlet Knights come in at 2-4, sitting fifth in the Big Ten East after a 35-24 win over Illinois last weekend. Their only other win came in a week 3 win over Morgan State, while they’ve lost to Washington, Eastern Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State.
The Boilermakers are 3-3 and are currently third in the Big Ten West. Last weekend the team lost a tough 17-9 game to Wisconsin. The squad’s wins have come over Ohio, Missouri and Minnesota and the Boilermakers have lost close games to Louisville, Michigan and the Badgers.
With no history against the Boilermakers, they are the Scarlet Knights’ 12th different Big Ten opponent since joining the conference before the 2014 season. The only conference team the Scarlet Knights haven’t played is Northwestern.
The two teams will next meet again at Purdue in 2020.
The weekend is also Homecoming for the Scarlet Knights, who are 53-30 in those games.
The Scarlet Knights are averaging 24 points per game, while opponents are averaging 25 points against them. They do out-gain their opponents in rushing yards, though, while other teams have an advantage in passing yards and total yardage.
Leading the rushing attack is fifth-year senior Gus Edwards, who’s churned out 407 yards on 93 carries with four touchdowns. Robert Martin and Raheem Blackshear both have 200 or more yards on the season as well with Martin scoring two touchdowns and Blackshear scoring three.
Giovanni Rescigno made his first start of the season for the Scarlet Knights last week against the Fighting Illini and threw for 89 yards with 41 rushing yards, while former starter Kyle Bolin also took snaps.
Bolin is the leading passer with 711 yards and three touchdowns through the air, but has also thrown six interceptions. Rescigno has completed seven of his 12 passing attempts for 112 yards and no scores.
The team has been throwing to leading receivers Janarion Grant, who has 15 catches for 162 yards and Jerome Washington, who has 16 catches for 141 yards. Both have one touchdown.
Leading the defense are linebackers Trevor Morris and Deonte Roberts with 45 and 44 total tackles, respectively. Defensive back Kiy Hester leads the squad with two interceptions.
Lineman Darnell Davis has two sacks and 3.5 total tackles for a loss to lead the defense.
Punter Ryan Anderson now leads the Big Ten in yards per punt with an impressive average of 44.5 yards per kick. He has 14 punts that have gone at least 50 yards and four that went 60 or more.
Last weekend, the Scarlet Knights defeated the Illini by running the football, out-gaining them on the ground 274-86. Edwards had 91 yards and two scores, while Blackshear had 87 yards and averaged 14.5 yards per carry.
In the Boilermakers loss to the Badgers, the team kicked three field goals from the legs of Spencer Evans and J.D. Dellinger. Elijah Sindelar started the game at quarterback for the squad and completed 13-of-29 passes for 115 yards and one interception, while a number of running backs combined for just 66 yards on the ground.