Purdue is going have to wait another week to get its first conference win of the season.
In a game that was never really close, Minnesota lambasted Purdue 44-28 at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday thanks to the arm of Philip Nelson.
Nelson completed 15 of 22 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Tailback Donnell Kirkwood carried the ball 22 times for 134 yards and a 6.1 yards per rush average. Receiver A.J. Barker reeled in five receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and Derrick Engel nabbed one reception for a 34-yard touchdown. Minnesota was on a rampage all day.
Not much can be said about the Purdue Boilermakers. It scored three garbage touchdowns in the second half and featured all three of its quarterbacks in the game. Robert Marve completed 11 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Rob Henry and Caleb TerBush also tossed a touchdown pass. Stud running backs Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt were held to minimal gains Saturday. Shavers carried the ball 11 times for 78 yards, but wasn’t able to find the end zone. He has been electric this season and has put up impressive numbers in most games. Hunt carried the ball six times for 56 yards.
Golden Gophers kicker Jordan Wettstein nailed three of four field goals and all five of his extra point attempts.
Minnesota (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten) does not have much time to celebrate, as No. 22 Michigan will travel to TCF Bank Stadium next weekend to take on the Golden Gophers.
Purdue (3-5, 0-4 Big Ten) will host Penn State at Ross-Ade Stadium next weekend.