Oct. 8, 2011
- Today’s game was the 68th all-time meeting between the Golden Gophers and Boilermakers and Minnesota’s third trip to West Lafayette, Ind., in the last four seasons.
- After defeating Purdue in 2008 and 2009, the Gophers have now dropped two straight to the Boilermakers.
- Minnesota’s lead in the all-time series now stands at 33-32, with three ties 3.
- The Gophers are 4-20 all-time at Purdue. • Minnesota’s last win at Purdue was a 17-6 victory in 2008.
- Minnesota fell to 1-5 overall (0-3 on the road) and 0-2 Big Ten with today’s loss.
- The Gophers have now started 1-5 in back-to-back seasons and 3 times in the last 5 years (2007, 2010, 2011).
- The Gophers collected three sacks today for their first multiple-sack game since having the same number at Illinois last season. Minnesota entered the game with just two sacks for the 2011 season.
- MarQueis Gray’s fourth quarter touchdown was the first for the Gopher offense since Eric Lair scored on a 20-yard pass from Max Shortell with just over nine minutes to go in the 4th quarter vs. North Dakota State on Sept. 24th.
- Sophomore left tackle Ed Olsen and freshman left guard Tommy Olsen started together on the Gophers’ offensive line today for the first time in their careers. It marked the first time the Gophers have started brothers since Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Wisconsin, when Jeff Tow-Arnett (C) and Nick Tow-Arnett (TE) were in Minnesota’s opening lineup.
- Freshman Marcus Jones returned a third quarter kickoff 92 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown since Jay Thomas had a 91-yarder at Florida Atlantic in 2007. Jones also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week at Michigan, but it was called back due to a penalty.
- Jones added a season-long 32-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.
- MarQueis Gray scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard, fourth-quarter plunge. It was his second career rushing touchdown and the eighth touchdown overall for his career (2 rush/6 receiving).
- Sophomore place-kicker Chris Hawthorne connected on career-long 47-yard field goal during the second quarter to get Minnesota on the scoreboard. It was the longest field goal by a Gopher since Joel Monroe hit a 54-yard field goal on Nov. 10, 2007 at Iowa.
- Linebackers Gary Tinsley, Mike Rallis and defensive end Ben Perry all collected their first sacks of the season.
- Rallis finished with seven tackles, two for losses, including a sack. He shared the team lead in total tackles with Tinsley and sophomore cornerback Brock Vereen, who also collected seven stops.
- Redshirt freshman linebacker Lamonte Edwards and sophomore safety Chase Haviland both made their first career starts for the Gopher defense.
- Freshman safety Cedric Thompson saw the first playing time of his career and was credited with six tackles.
Gophers Ground Game Gaining Yards
Minnesota running game, which has scored 11 touchdowns, powered by three backs and a healthy quarterback.
Sherels, Murray, Boddy-Calhoun Impact NFL Games
Sherels, Murray, Boddy-Calhoun impact NFL games with big plays. Sherels punt return sparks Minnesota to win, while Boddy-Calhoun returned an interception for a touchdown.
Game 4: Minnesota at Penn State
Minnesota opens Big Ten play at Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 1. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.