PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. RUTGERS
Purdue-Rutgers Series Data: Rutgers leads 1-0-0 Current Streak: Rutgers won the only meeting in 2017. In West Lafayette: First meeting. First Meeting: Oct. 21, 2017 – Rutgers won 14-12 in Piscataway, N.J. Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2017 – Rutgers won 14-12 in Piscataway, N.J. Noteworthy: In the lone meeting between the two schools, Purdue racked up 474 yards of total offense but could only muster a pair of fi eld goals and a late touchdown in a 14-12 loss in Piscataway in 2017. Seven different Boilermakers teamed up to rush 41 times for 279 yards, while 10 different Purdue players caught at least one pass in the game. The Boilermaker defense limited Rutgers to merely 217 yards of total offense, including just 87 yards passing, but had a 74-yard rushing touchdown and 35- yard TD pass to pull off the win.
Welcome, Rutgers: Rutgers is making its first appearance at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers boast a 7-4-1 record in initial games against current Big Ten opponents at Ross-Ade. Rutgers is the 13th and final Big Ten team to visit West Lafayette. First Games at Ross-Ade Against Current Big Ten Teams Indiana – Nov. 22, 1924 (W, 26-7) Northwestern – Nov. 14, 1925 (L, 9-13) Wisconsin – Oct. 16, 1926 (T, 0-0) Michigan – Oct. 12, 1929 (W, 30-16) Iowa – Nov. 16, 1929 (W, 7-0) Illinois – Oct. 10, 1931 (W, 7-0) Ohio State – Oct. 4, 1947 (W, 24-20) Minnesota – Nov. 17, 1951 (W ,19-13) Michigan State – Nov. 1, 1952 (L, 7-14) Penn State – Oct. 14, 1995 (L, 23-26) Nebraska – Oct. 12, 2013 (L, 7-44) Maryland – Oct. 12, 2019 (W, 40-14) Rutgers – Nov. 28, 2020 300-Yard Passing Games Jack Plummer’s 367 yards passing at Minnesota last week marked the second 300-yard passing game by a Purdue QB this season (also Aidan O’Connell 371 yards at Illinois) and the 16th such effort during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers. 300-Yard Passing Games at Purdue (since 2017) David Blough – 7 Elijah Sindelar – 4 Jack Plummer – 3 Aidan O’Connell – 2
NOTABLE • Rutgers returns to the road for its first trip to Purdue. It will be the 13th Big Ten stadium visited by the Scarlet Knights, only having never traveled to Northwestern. • Rutgers is averaging 29.6 points per game, on pace for its best scoring season in Big Ten conference play since joining the league in 2014. The previous high is 21.3 points per game against Big Ten opponents in 2015 (eight games). • Rutgers has scored at least 20 points in five straight conference games in the same season for the first time in program history. The Scarlet Knights had recorded five Big Ten games with 20 or more points the previous four seasons combined (36 games). • Rutgers leads the Big Ten with 7.4 tackles-for-loss per game. • WR Bo Melton was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list last week. The honor annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver.
VERSUS PURDUE • Rutgers will take on Purdue for the second time in its first visit to Ross-Ade Stadium. • Rutgers won the only other meeting in Piscataway, the 2017 Homecoming game, by the score of 14-12. • Gus Edwards recorded a 74-yard touchdown to give the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead 2:37 into the game. Giovanni Rescigno found Raheem Blackshear for a 35-yard passing score in the third quarter to extend the advantage to 14-6. • The Boilermakers scored a touchdown to pull within 14-12 with 25 seconds remaining. However, RU denied the two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory. • The 12 points permitted are the least amount surrendered by Rutgers against a Big Ten opponent since joining the conference. The defense held Purdue to 3-of-15 on third downs and 1-for-4 on fourth down, recording 11 pass breakups. • Rutgers game highs versus Purdue: Rushing Yards: Gus Edwards, 94 (2017) Passing Yards: Giovanni Rescigno, 87 (2017) Receiving Yards: Raheem Blackshear, 39 (2017).
TRIPLE OVERTIME • Most recently, Rutgers put together a 16- play, 75-yard drive over 4:40 to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining against Michigan. QB Noah Vedral found WR Aron Cruickshank on fourth-and-nine for an 11-yard touchdown and then ran in for the tying two-point conversion to force overtime. Vedral finished with a career-high 381 passing yards, eighth-most in a game in program history. • After each team missed a field goal in the first frame, TE Jovani Haskins started the second extra period with a 25-yard receiving score, but the Wolverines matched. Michigan then recorded six points and held on for the 48-42 victory in triple overtime. • It was the 12th overtime game in Rutgers history and third time reaching triple overtime. The Scarlet Knights reached overtime for the first time in Big Ten play, last playing in overtime in 2013 at SMU. • Rutgers recorded season highs in points (42), first downs (24), total offense (486), yards per pass (8.7) and total plays (84). It was the fifth time RU posted at least 40 points in Big Ten play and first time since 2015 versus Maryland. • Vedral completed passes to eight different receivers, with WR Shameen Jones (127) and WR Bo Melton (109) each reaching triple figures in yards, marking the second time in a Big Ten game the Scarlet Knights had multiple receivers with at least 100 receiving yards in a Big Ten game (Maryland 2014). • QB Johnny Langan scored two rushing touchdowns to up his season to a team-high four scores on the ground. His first touchdown put Rutgers up 7-0 to make it 4-of-5 games the Scarlet Knights scored first this year.