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 carry and preserved a 34-31 victory over the Boilermakers on Friday evening.
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 closing minute. Durham was flagged for offensive go 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 dashing yards per sport, scored his third landing of the sport — and thirteenth of the season — early within the fourth quarter to provide Minnesota a 34-24 lead earlier than a missed further level.
Purdue used a fourth-and-1 conversion on a drive capped by Durham’s scoring reception that lower the result in three factors with 8:31 left. The Boilermakers acquired 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 Huge 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 grew to become the primary true freshman in Huge Ten historical past to be named a consensus All-American, took the sphere for the primary time since injuring his hamstring towards 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 evening residence sport, a schedule quirk that’s hardly a blip on this unusual season, the Gophers have been lacking 22 gamers both for accidents or COVID-19 protocols. Offensive line coach Brian Callahan and two different group workers members have 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 prime go rusher Boye Mafe, performed with loads of power regardless of the mismatches on the skin towards 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 overview as a result of he didn’t have possession within the nook of the top zone.
Purdue: The return of Moore and the insertion of Plummer remodeled the offense right into a machine that must bode nicely for the Boilermakers over the remainder of the season.
Minnesota: After getting blown out by Michigan and Iowa of their first two residence video games, the short-handed Gophers wanted this type of confidence enhance.
Purdue: Hosts Rutgers on Nov. 28.
Minnesota: Visits Wisconsin on Nov. 28.
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