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Former Kentucky star breaks 46-year-old record in college football debut

Purdue’s Rondale Moore runs for a long touchdown against Northwestern near the end of the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue’s Rondale Moore runs for a long touchdown against Northwestern near the end of the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. Journal & Courier/AP

College football season kicked off Thursday night, and fans across the nation were introduced to one of the best players to suit up on Kentucky football fields in the last couple of seasons.

Rondale Moore, a true freshman at Purdue University, had a school-record 313 all-purpose yards in the Boilermakers’ 31-27 loss to Northwestern in a game that aired nationwide on ESPN. Moore surpassed Otis Armstrong’s previous record of 312 all-purpose yards set in 1972, according to a report from Purdue University Athletics.

Moore, an Indiana native who played his last two seasons of high school football at Trinity in Louisville, had 302 yards in the first half. He led Purdue in rushing (79 yards and one TD on two carries), receiving (109 yards and one TD on 11 receptions) and return yardage (five returns for 125 yards).

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Trinity's Rondale Moore (1) runs the ball past St. Xavier's Peyton Mattingly (21) during their game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Trinity beat St. Xavier 28-0. Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

Trinity is the two-time defending state champion in Class 6A. Moore was ruled ineligible for part of his junior season but was a big producer during Trinity’s 2016 title run. He finished with 15 TDs and 1,347 yards on 99 catches during the 2017 campaign, after which he was named a Mr. Football finalist.

Jeff Brohm, another former Trinity star, is the head coach at Purdue. Brohm in his debut last season guided the Boilermakers to a 7-6 record and a win over Arizona in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl.

Moore, a four-star prospect in the class of 2018, originally committed to Texas but ultimately decided on Purdue in January. His final six before committing to Texas included the Longhorns and Purdue in addition to UK, Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh.

St. Xavier and Trinity have played at least one time each year beginning with the 1956 season. Between their annual regular-season contests and frequent playoff clashes, they’ve played 83 times. In 2017 edition of the match up, Trinity routed St.

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