NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Rice|
(Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: Rice 24, Purdue 22
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Rice Owls held on to top Purdue at home,
posting a 24-22 victory, ending a streak of 22 straight losses to BCS foes.
The Owls (1-1) knocked off a Big Ten program for the first time since 1990 by
blocking a potential game-winning field-goal as time expired to preserve the
Purdue (1-1), opened the season with a thrilling win over Middle Tennessee
(27-24), but quarterback Caleb TerBush, who was instrumental in leading the
team to victory in waning moments against the Blue Raiders, was unable to
duplicate the feat against Rice. TerBush finished the game completing a modest
18-of-31 passes, for 183 yards and one TD, but did post 68 yards rushing on
the day, to go along with one touchdown on the ground.
The hometown Owls got on the scoreboard first thanks to a 33-yard field goal
by Chris Boswell.
TerBush led the Boilermakers on a nine-play, 80-yard drive immediately
following, spotting his team a 7-3 lead at the end of the quarter, with a
five-yard TD run.
Both teams opened things up in the second quarter, with Rice going back on top
thanks to a two-yard TD run by Turner Petersen.
A 28-yard field goal by Purdue's Carson Wiggs almost five minutes later would
tie the score at 10-10.
A 19-yard TD pass from TerBush to Crosby Wright would give the Boilermakers a
17-10 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half.
Rice would knot up the score once again thanks to a 12-play, 59-yard drive
with under two minutes in the half, capped off by a four-yard TD pass from
Taylor McHargue to Luke Willson as time expired in the half.
The Owls jumped on top in the second half, getting the ball first and going
on an 11-play, 80-yard drive, finished off with a 19-yard TD pass from
McHargue to Sam McGuffie.
Purdue would record a safety late in the third quarter and put up the only
points of the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Wiggs with just
under eight minutes to play in the game.
Down by two points with just under two minutes to play, Purdue got the ball
near the 50-yard line and used three long runs by tailback Ralph Bolden to
move inside the 20-yard line. Justin Allen saved the day however, for Rice,
blocking a 31-yard field goal attempt by Wiggs as time expired.
09/10 20:57:24 ET