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A True Freshman Already Looks Like One Of The Big Ten's Best Players After Last Night

Rondale Moore evades a final Northwestern tackler to score a 76-yard touchdown.

Rondale Moore was initially committed to Texas. He had offers from Alabama, Ohio State, and other elite programs. Ultimately, the Indiana native elected to stay home, and play for the Purdue Boilermakers.

On Thursday night, the dynamic former four-star wide receiver showed exactly why he was such a coveted recruit.

Northwestern outlasted Purdue last night, winning 31-27 in part because a Boilermaker defender was flagged for an incredibly dumb unnecessary roughness penalty after tossing Northwestern's quarterback way after a play.

That penalty gave the Wildcats a first down, allowing them to run out the final two-plus minutes of play.

In terms of individual performances, however, Moore emerged as a star for Jeff Brohm's team last night, on national television.

In his first college football game, Rondale Moore set a Purdue record with 313 total yards against the Wildcats.

Moore led Purdue in receiving, with 10 catches for 109 yards and a score. He led Purdue in rushing, with 79 yards on just two carries, one of which was a dazzling 76 yard end around score. He also piled up 125 yards on five kick returns.

Moore looked absolutely dynamic all night for Purdue.

On his first touchdown, he made a grab in stride and outran Northwestern defenders for a 32-yard score.

THE highlight of the night, however, was the end around. Moore didn't do it alone—Purdue had exceptional downfield blocking—but he absolutely exploded for the score.

Moore cuts on a dime, he showed good hands, and his acceleration looks elite. It is just one game, but Moore was the best player on the field, in a game between two really solid Big Ten bowl teams. He's going to be a special one.