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The Ohio State University’s Men’s Rugby squeaked past the Boilermakers of Purdue Saturday the 15th at Fred Beekman Field 31-24 to open their Big Ten season 1-0, and adding to their unbeaten record – now 3-0.

The day started off beautiful in Columbus, sunny, and a tailor-made day for some smash-mouth rugby. The Buckeyes would score first on this perfect afternoon when Gavin Gill hit the right corner with a plow …. The kick thereafter would be no good. The score was quickly 5-0; Buckeyes.

Purdue, not shy, answered with a grubber in the corner. Their kick thereafter would also be no good. The score was quickly tied at 5 apiece.

Purdue was now on a roll. They would force a turnover and speedily, on a beautiful pass, score yet again. The kick was good. The Buckeyes now found themselves down for the first time in the season 12-5.

Nate Heister would follow up with a nice try after a flurry of Purdue penalties. The kick thereafter by Andrew Baldado was good and there would be another tie at 12 apiece.

Andrew Baldado would scamper off a wondrous lead from Kevin Stefancin. The try brought a flooding of joy from the Buckeyes’ players on the field and the bench. Andrew would score on the kick thereafter on his own try. The Buckeyes no led 19-12.

Tim Vanderhoof (wonderful Rugby name, right?) would be off to the races with Purdue caught off guard and lingering well behind with a fantastic try. The kick thereafter was good. The Buckeyes lead jumped to 24-12. This would be the first half score and time came to an end.

As the second half began the Buckeyes’ Mike Matthews side-stepped two defenders for a power try. The kick was good and the Buckeyes were now looking at a 31-12 lead.

Purdue didn’t want to yield. A Boilermaker is a Boilermaker is a Boilermaker, and that is always filled with surprises and a good athletic program …. So, well, this is leading up to – yep! They scored a try late in the second half. The kick was good and now they lacked behind 31-17.

Shall I repeat the paragraph above? Purdue scored again as the final clock was nearing, but the scare was now surgically sown into the Buckeyes’ will. The kick, thereafter, of course, was good. It was now 31-24.

This, thankfully, would be the final – 31-24, as the Buckeyes won their Big Ten opener (1-0 BIG & 3-0 overall).
Next up for the 18th ranked Buckeyes will be the 11th ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in Columbus at Fred Beekman Field – 1p.m.

See you there … Let’s go Buckeyes.