Minnesota 41, Purdue 10
What Happened: The Minnesota defense got a new coordinator and a dressing down after the disaster against Illinois, holding Purdue to just a field goal before giving up a touchdown late in the game. By that point, the Gophers were up 41-3.
Tanner Morgan and Seth Green each threw touchdown passes, Green ran for a score, and Blake Cashman came up with a scoop and score early in the second half as the Gophers dominated from the second quarter on. The defense …
What Mattered: The Gophers allowed just 233 yards of Purdue offense and stuffed all 12 third down attempts. The Minnesota offense didn’t go off, but the 450 yards were enough with a big day from the ground attack. Mohamed Ibrahim ran 18 times for 155 yards.
– David Blough completed 20-of-31 passes for 142 yards and a score for the Boilermakers. They did nothing on the ground – averaging under three yards per carry – with the biggest play of the day a 17-yard catch from Brycen Hopkins.
What It All Means: And now, Minnesota is back in the hunt for a bowl game after its stunning defensive turnaround. The Gophers are now 5-5, needing to beat either Northwestern or Wisconsin to get the bowl trip that seems so improbably just a few days ago.
– This was a total meltdown for a Purdue team that now has to fight just to go bowling. It went from being right there in the mix for the Big Ten West, to needing to beat Wisconsin or Indiana just to go bowling.
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