Golden Gophers Fall at Purdue

Purdue 45, Minnesota 17
Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Ind..

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
 Minnesota 0 3 7 7 17
 Purdue
28 7 14 0 45
Final Stats
Attendance: 38,207

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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Duane Bennett - 15 Att, 53 Yds
 • Passing: MarQueis Gray - 8-20-1, 104 Yds
 • Receiving: Da'Jon McKnight - 3 Rec, 25 Yds
 • Defense: Mike Rallis - 7 Tkl, 2.0 TFL

 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
PUR 10:10 Bolden 2 TD run (Wiggs kick)
PUR 5:18 Wiggs 53 FG
PUR 1:30 Shavers 1 TD run (Wiggs kick)
PUR 0:18 37 INT return by Allen (Wiggs kick)
 Second Quarter
PUR 4:08 Ross 12 TD pass from Marve (Wiggs kick)
MINN 1:37 Hawthorne 47 FG
 Third Quarter
 PUR 7:02 Shavers 10 TD pass from TerBush (Wiggs kick)
 PUR 0:56 Mostert 25 TD run (Wiggs kick)
 MINN 0:43 Jones 92 KO TD (Hawthorne kick)
 Fourth Quarter
MINN 7:55 Gray 1 TD run (Hawthorne kick)
 Stats at a Glance
MINN PUR
 • First Downs 11 22
 • Total Offensive Yards 213 372
 • Passing Yards 113 155
 • Rushing Yards 100 217
 • Penalties-Yards 6-74 7-62
 • Turnovers 3 0
 • Punts-Avg. 6-39.7 4-43.5
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 1-2.0 2-3.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 5-31.8 2-24.5
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 4-12 8-16
 • 4th-Down Conversions 1-1 1-1
 • Time of Possession 26:03 33:57
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Oct. 8, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)--Akeem Shavers caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Purdue beat Minnesota 45-17 on Saturday.

Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a score and O.J. Ross caught five passes for 63 yards and a TD for the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten).

Ricardo Allen returned an interception for a touchdown and Ryan Russell recovered two fumbles for Purdue, which held the Golden Gophers to 211 total yards. It was Purdue's largest margin of victory in a Big Ten game since a 62-10 win over Indiana on Nov. 22, 2008.

MarQueis Gray passed for 104 yards and rushed for 20 yards and a score for Minnesota (1-5, 0-2). The Gophers tried to bounce back from a 58-0 loss to Michigan but lost their third straight.

Purdue rushed for 217 yards on 47 carries.

Purdue had a false start on its first offensive play a week after committing 13 penalties in a 38-10 loss to Notre Dame, but the mistakes were few after that against the Gophers. Ralph Bolden's 2-yard run gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.

Carson Wiggs hit a season-long 53-yard field goal to increase Purdue's lead to 10-0 with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

Minnesota's Donnell Kirkwood fumbled and Russell recovered at the Minnesota 11-yard line. The Boilermakers went for it on fourth-and-goal, and Shavers extended the ball to the pylon and scored to push the lead to 17-0.

Gray, who missed the Michigan game with a toe injury, replaced starter Max Shortell and got a rude welcome back. Allen jumped a route, intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Boilermakers a 24-0 lead..

Robert Marve entered the game at quarterback in the second quarter and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ross that gave the Boilermakers a 31-0 lead with 4:08 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota finally got on the board with a 47-yard field goal by Chris Hawthorne, breaking a run of 95 consecutive points by its opponents. Purdue held Minnesota to 88 yards and six first downs in the first half to lead 31-3 at the break.

TerBush returned in the third quarter and led a 12-play, 86-yard scoring drive. His 24-yard touchdown pass on a screen to Shavers gave Purdue a 38-3 lead.

Raheem Mostert's 25-yard touchdown run gave Purdue a 45-3 lead late in the third quarter.

Minnesota's Marcus Jones returned the kickoff 92 yards for Minnesota's first touchdown since the fourth quarter against North Dakota State two weeks ago.

Gray's 1-yard touchdown run cut Purdue's lead to 45-17 midway through the fourth quarter.