April 9, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rob Henry and Caleb TerBush each threw a touchdown pass on Saturday to lead the Gold team to a 14-3 victory over the Black squad in Purdue's annual Black and Gold Game at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Henry, who also led the Gold with 27 rushing yards, completed 8-of-12 passes for 76 yards, one score and one interception. TerBush played for both teams on the afternoon, finishing with combined totals of 172 yards, a score and a pick on 16-of-27 passing.
Junior wide receiver Antavian Edison had a productive day for the Gold squad, posting 73 yards of total offense. He caught a game-high five passes for 47 yards, and carried the ball twice for 26 yards. Senior wide receiver Justin Siller pulled in four catches for 45 yards and a score for Gold, while sophomore Normando Harris caught two balls for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Junior running back Gavin Roberts led all participants on the ground with 48 yards on 13 carries for the Black team.
On the defensive side of the ball, redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Lee compiled a game-high 10 tackles while seeing action for both teams. Senior linebacker DeVarro Greaves and junior defensive end Eric Mebane, both playing for Gold, had eight tackles apiece, with the latter recording three for loss. Junior linebacker Antwon Higgs had seven stops for Gold, while sophomore cornerback Ricardo Allen led the way for Black with six tackles.
The two defenses provided a good share of Saturday's highlights, as the game featured seven sacks and three interceptions. Junior Robert Maci and redshirt freshman Ryan Russell each had two sacks for the Black team, while Mebane, junior LaSalle Cooks and redshirt freshman E.J. Johnson each dropped the quarterback for Gold.
The Gold team stormed down the field on the game's opening possession, capping off the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass from Henry to Siller. Edison had three of his five catches on the drive.
Diuedonne picked off a TerBush pass deep in the Black team's territory on the following possession, but Gold was unable to convert a fourth-and-short at the 30-yard line and turned the ball over on downs.
Black got on the board with just more than two minutes remaining in the first half when senior kicker Carson Wiggs drilled a 42-yard field goal to cut the score to 7-3 in favor of the Gold.
As part of a planned exhibition, Wiggs attempted a total of six field goals just before halftime, hitting five with a long of 67 yards that would have tied the NCAA record had it come in a game.
After the teams traded possessions for much of the third quarter, TerBush led the Gold squad down the field late in the period and hooked up with Harris for a six-yard score to stretch the lead to the final margin of 14-3.