Late INT helps Minnesota cling on for 34-31 win over Purdue


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Aune’s interception with 44 seconds left on the Minnesota 13-yard line after a disputed penalty on Purdue gave the beleaguered Gophers protection a giant elevate and preserved a 34-31 victory over the Boilermakers on Friday night time.

Jack Plummer accomplished 35 of 42 passes for 367 yards and three scores in his first begin of the season for Purdue, which took the ball with 2:01 left at its 39.

The Boilermakers, boosted by a career-high 15 receptions for 116 yards from Rondale Moore in his long-awaited return, moved in place for what they believed was a 19-yard landing catch by tight finish Payne Durham within the ultimate minute. Durham was flagged for offensive move interference, angering the Purdue sideline after replays revealed scant proof of a foul. Aune picked Plummer off on the subsequent play.

Mohamed Ibrahim, the FBS chief in speeding yards per sport, scored his third landing of the sport — and thirteenth of the season — early within the fourth quarter to present Minnesota a 34-24 lead earlier than a missed additional level.

Purdue used a fourth-and-1 conversion on a drive capped by Durham’s scoring reception that minimize the result in three factors with 8:31 left. The Boilermakers obtained the ball again rapidly after Seth Inexperienced, the wildcat quarterback for the Gophers, was taken down for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from their very own 31. However Edward Dellinger, who had a 27-yard discipline purpose blocked within the second quarter, pulled his 33-yarder vast proper to maintain Minnesota (2-3 Massive Ten) within the lead.

David Bell caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (2-2), who racked up 492 complete yards. Moore, who in 2018 turned the primary true freshman in Massive Ten historical past to be named a consensus All-American, took the sphere for the primary time since injuring his hamstring in opposition to Minnesota on Sept. 28, 2019. Plummer, who began six video games final season, seamlessly changed the injured Aidan O’Connell.

Enjoying their second straight Friday night time house sport, a schedule quirk that’s hardly a blip on this unusual season, the Gophers had been lacking 22 gamers both for accidents or COVID-19 protocols. Offensive line coach Brian Callahan and two different staff employees members had been additionally absent, confirmed by Minnesota for constructive assessments for COVID-19.

Tanner Morgan’s junior yr was off to a tough begin, however he produced a crisp and commanding efficiency marked by pinpoint throws on third downs and deep routes to Chris Autman-Bell (129 yards) and Rashod Bateman (59). Cam Wiley added a landing run, Ibrahim notched his sixth straight 100-yard sport, and the Gophers had their offense again in 2019 kind.

Minnesota’s protection, lacking high move rusher Boye Mafe, performed with loads of vitality regardless of the mismatches on the surface in opposition to Bell and Moore. Micah Dew-Treadway got here up with the important thing block, simply after a landing catch by Moore was overruled by replay evaluation as a result of he didn’t have possession within the nook of the tip zone.


Purdue: The return of Moore and the insertion of Plummer reworked the offense right into a machine that must bode effectively for the Boilermakers over the remainder of the season.

Minnesota: After getting blown out by Michigan and Iowa of their first two house video games, the short-handed Gophers wanted this type of confidence increase.


Purdue: Hosts Rutgers on Nov. 28.

Minnesota: Visits Wisconsin on Nov. 28.


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