Piscataway, NJ – The Purdue Football team had 474 yards of total offense, but only went 3 for 15 on third down, and one of three in the red zone. That all resulting in a bit of s shocking loss for the Boilermakers, who fell to Rutgers Saturday.
On Rutger’s first drive of the game, it only took them two plays to get Gus Edwards going. Edwards rumbled 74 yards for a touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead. Purdue would continue to be stagnent on offense the rest of the quarter.
To begin the second quarter, D.J. Knox was able to get a 41 yard game, but the drive would stall in the red zone. Spencer Evans would hit a 26 yard field goal to cut the Rutger’s lead to 7-3. Purdue would force Rutgers to punt the rest of the half, and Purdue continued to drop the football. The Boilers would go into halftime down 7-3.
Coming out of the second half, Purdue would continue to be excellent on defense. On Rutgers second possession of the game, Purdue would get a stop it needed, forcing a third a 19. Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt drew up an aggressive blitz. Danny Ezechukwu rushed off the edge, but RB Raheem Blackshire caught the ball wide open out of the back field; scoring a 35 yard touchdown and giving Rutgers a 14-3 lead.
Purdue would respond driving the ball all the way down to the Rutgers seven yard line, a drive with a heavy dose of the running back. However Purdue would again fail to convert and would settle for a J.D. Dellinger field goal.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Purdue’s offense was in no way functional and the defense was holding but getting tired. After a second Elijah Sindelar interception, and a Rutgers three and out, David Blough entered the game again. Purdue would march the ball down the field but failed to convert on fourth down, giving Rutgers the ball back with 3:58 to play.
After another three and out, Blough would lead Purdue down the field and hit Anthony Mahoungou for one of the best catches to the year to draw Purdue to within two; 14-12. On the two point conversion attempt, Blough rolled to his right, but was unable to convert, ending the game.
Purdue offense did a great job moving the ball between the 20’s. Purdue had 474 yards of total offense, including 279 yards on the ground. Purdue help Rutgers to only 217 yards and ran 30 more plays. Purdue simply didn’t take hold of the opportunities that were presented to them, much like last week against Wisconsin. Purdue won almost every statistical category. What killed Purdue in the end was it’s penalties and drops. Purdue had eight penalties for fifty yards.
Purdue can’t be down on themselves for long. Then play a talented Nebraska team at home under the lights. Nebraska has been up and down all season, but right now Purdue can’t take anyone for granted; as was obvious today.