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Rutgers Football Tops Purdue for Homecoming Win

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Credits: Rich Graessle/Rutgers University Athletics
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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers football (3-4, 2-2) posted its second-straight Big Ten win with a 14-12 victory over Purdue (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Scarlet Knights recorded back-to-back Big Ten victories for the first time since joining the league.

Fueled by touchdowns from fifth-year senior Gus Edwards and freshman Raheem Blackshear, RU held a 14-6 lead in the fourth quarter. The Boilermakers scored with 25 seconds remaining, but the Scarlet Knights denied the two-point conversion attempt to seal the win. The 12 points allowed were the fewest allowed by Rutgers in a Big Ten contest.

Junior quarterback Giovanni Rescigno made his second start of the season and totaled 87 passing yards, adding the sixth passing touchdown of his career. Edwards registered a 74-yard rushing touchdown to tie his career long on the first offensive series of the game, finishing with a team-high 94 yards on the ground. Blackshear joined in with the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 35-yard catch in the third quarter.

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Defensively, Rutgers forced Purdue to 3-of-15 on third down conversions and 1-of-4 on fourth down. Junior linebacker Trevor Morris led the Scarlet Knights with 15 total tackles. Sophomore defensive backs K.J. Gray (nine tackles) and Damon Hayes added an interception each in the win.

Edwards quickly put Rutgers on the board with the longest rush by a Scarlet Knight this season, with Purdue answering with a 25-yard field goal to cut the margin to 7-3 with 12:05 left until halftime. Returning from the break, RU extended its lead to 14-3 in the third frame. Rescigno connected with Blackshear for 35-yard pass at the 8:02 mark in the quarter.

Purdue responded with a 24-yard field goal to set the margin at 14-6 with 3:20 to go in the third quarter. With 25 seconds left in the contest, the Boilermakers would go on to add a touchdown with a 10-yard pass from David Blough to Anthony Mahoungou. However, the Rutgers defense forced an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion to seal the win.

The Scarlet Knights will head back to the road next Saturday to face No. 19 Michigan at noon on the Big Ten Network.

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