Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season by beating Purdue 44-28 on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota looks to be in control of the game as it leads 44-21 at the end of the third quarter. Purdue is currently on a 14-point run, though. The Golden Gophers made the score 41-7 when Michael Carter intercepted a Caleb TerBush pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Minnesota’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 20 points, and the Golden Gophers now lead 34-7. Minnesota executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 128 yards passing and 72 yards rushing. The Golden Gophers have scored the last 34 points.
Minnesota’s defense shut down Purdue’s aerial attack in the first quarter, holding the Boilermakers to 15 passing yards, and the Golden Gophers lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota’s passing attack looked sharp, as the Golden Gophers threw for 118 yards in the quarter. Minnesota is currently on a 14-point run.
One hour before the Purdue-Minnesota game in Minneapolis, our Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go goes live with exclusive live video of the pregame activities on the field. We’ve been doing this each weekend of the football season from a select BTN TV game, and our cameras take right down onto the field to watch warmups, the bands, the fans and much more. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET, so be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here).