November 28, 2020 | 9: 45pm
Backup quarterback Johnny Langan runs with the ball throughout Rutgers’ 37-30 victory over Purdue.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Backup quarterback Johnny Langan proved to be correct the spark Rutgers wanted.
Langan performed all four passing attempts for 95 yards and ran for 95 yards on 21 carries as the Scarlet Knights rallied for a 37-30 victory over Purdue Saturday in Gigantic Ten Convention action. Langan was outdated extensively in the second half of for Artur Sitkowski. Sitkowski began in location of Noah Vedral, who was injured in the final game. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano acknowledged it was game time choice if Vedral would possibly play.
“I conception every Artur and Johnny did a ethical job,” acknowledged Schiano, whose group improved to 2-4. “Johnny did a colossal job working the four-minute offense. We fancy how he competes. Artur ran the offense properly and had a calming produce.”
Sitkowski threw two touchdown passes in the first half of.
“We performed our sign of soccer, speedily and physical,” Langan acknowledged. “I focal level on all three of us (quarterbacks) beget completely different skills so it makes it tricky on completely different groups.”
The Scarlet Knights narrowed their 10-level halftime deficit to 23-20 on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Langan to Kay’Ron Adams with 12: 29 left in the third quarter.
Purdue (2-3) answered with an 18-yard TD pass from Jack Plummer to David Bell for a 10-level abet, nonetheless then the momentum shifted heavily in Rutgers’ resolve on when Aron Cruickshank responded with a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD.
“We’ve obtained to vary into a more mentally tricky soccer group that learns to overcome things admire that,” acknowledged Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, whose group has misplaced three straight. “Now we beget to be taught to fight and glean away.”
Rutgers linebacker Mohamed Toure location up the following ranking by intercepting Plummer’s pass and returned it 13 yards to Purdue 49.
“Jack compelled some things and that interception was immense for them,” Brohm acknowledged.
The Scarlet Knights took a 34-30 lead on a 1-yard touchdown speed by Aaron Young with 3: 42 left in the third quarter.
Rutgers boosted the abet to 37-30 on a 28-yard field aim by Valentino Ambrosio.
“They’re an explosive group, so we knew we needed to shut them down defensively,” Schiano acknowledged.
Purdue took a 7-0 lead on an predominant opening power, capped by a 1-yard TD pass from Plummer to Payne Durham.
Rutgers took a 13-7 lead when Sitkowski twice connected with Shameen Jones on a pair of 14-yard TD passes.
The second quarter was all Purdue with 16 unanswered aspects. After the Boilermakers failed on a fourth-and-2 pass play from the Rutgers 3, Purdue picked up a security when defensive lineman Branson Deen tackled Sitkowski in the pause zone.
The Boilermakers added touchdowns on 1-yard runs by Zander Horvath and Plummer to employ a 23-13 halftime lead.
Horvath led Purdue with 101 yards on 19 attempts.
“He’s a immense man and we didn’t tackle him properly in the first half of,” Schiano acknowledged. “I conception Tre Avery did a ethical job sticking on Rondale Moore.”
Moore had seven catches for 76 yards. Plummer was 20 of 35 for 237 yards.