Purdue dismantled the Minnesota Gophers defensively on Saturday, profitable 49-30. To safe bowl eligibility, the Gophers desperately wanted to beat the 2-7 Boilermakers. They now face an uphill battle with simply Ohio State and Wisconsin left to play on their schedule.
In the course of the post-game press convention Saturday night time, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck mentioned the defensive effort was, merely put, “not ok.”
“That was fully unacceptable, interval,” Fleck mentioned. “Any means you slice it, reduce it, there is no such thing as a silver lining in [allowing] 600 yards of offense.”
Fleck entered Saturday afternoon in search of his fiftieth win as head coach of the Minnesota Gophers.
Minnesota was with out star freshman working again Darius Taylor and veteran linebacker Cody Lindenberg. Guard Tyler Cooper returned to the offensive line after being absent for 2 straight video games.
Jordan Nubin, moving into the beginning working again function as soon as once more, bought the primary two carries and picked up 14 yards and a primary down.
Gophers receiver Daniel Jackson beat Purdue cornerback Derrick Rogers Jr. on a slant-and-go route. Gophers quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis dropped a go in between the trailing nook and Purdue’s security for a 31-yard achieve.
One play later, Kaliakmanis hit a wide-open Brevyn Spann-Ford on a shallow cross, who walked into the endzone from 20 yards out, placing Minnesota forward 7-0. The tight finish entered the sport with 989 profession receiving yards and surpassed 1,000 on the landing reception.
Gophers defensive finish Danny Striggow bought round Purdue’s left deal with, sacking Purdue quarterback Hudson Card for a lack of 5 yards. The Boilermakers picked up 21 yards on the subsequent two performs to select up a primary down and hold the drive alive.
On the second play, Maverick Baranowski, whereas making a deal with on Card, injured his proper arm and needed to depart the sport, additional shrinking Minnesota’s linebacker room. In flip, Gophers true freshman linebacker Matt Kingsbury obtained his first snaps as a Gopher.
Purdue working again Tyrone Tracy Jr. bought exterior and scampered for 22 yards into the Gophers crimson zone on the 20-yard line. On the next play, Card hit his goal Garrett Miller, who broke open by way of the seam for a landing, tying the sport 7-7.
After choosing up a 14-yard private foul for blocking beneath the waist, Spann-Ford beat his man exterior for 22 yards, making it third-and-two. After Nubin picked up the primary down, the Gophers picked up one other on a Kaliakmanis go to Jackson for 13 yards.
Minnesota’s drive stalled, leading to a 38-yard area purpose from Dragan Kesich, placing the Gophers forward 10-7.
In the course of the post-game press convention, Purdue defensive again Sanoussi Kane mentioned the Boilermakers take satisfaction in holding groups to area objectives.
“We satisfaction ourselves on crimson zone protection,” Kane mentioned. “In the event that they’re gonna get down there, they don’t seem to be going to attain.”
The Boilermakers walked throughout Minnesota’s protection on a seven play, 75-yard drive ending in a 24-yard landing from Card to T.J. Sheffield. Purdue took their first lead of the sport with a rating of 14-10.
The 2 touchdowns marked the primary time all season Purdue scored a landing on their first two drives.
Minnesota methodically moved the ball down the sphere utilizing working again Zach Evans, Kaliakmanis and Nubin on the bottom to the Purdue 25-yard line. The drive stalled simply exterior the crimson zone, leading to a Kesich 42-yard area purpose chopping the result in 14-13 in favor of Purdue.
Tracy Jr. bought three straight touches, beginning with a 17-yard rush, then a 52-yard completion and ending with a six-yard landing rush. The Boilermakers took almost a minute and a half to attain once more, extending their result in 21-13.
Kaliakmanis began the drive with a 20-yard completion to receiver Corey Crooms Jr. On the subsequent play, Kaliakmanis dropped it within the bucket to long-time Gopher Chris Autman-Bell for 39 yards into Purdue territory.
Autman-Bell dropped a landing and compelled Minnesota to kick a 39-yard area purpose. Kesich pulled the kick huge proper, preserving the Gophers deficit at eight.
“Dropped passes kill drives and we had a dropped landing that modified the entire complexion of the primary half,” Fleck mentioned. “We’re an inconsistent soccer workforce proper now.”
Purdue again Devin Mockobee popped a 65-yard run right down to the Minnesota one-yard line earlier than defensive again Tre’Von Jones introduced him down. The Gophers protection stopped Purdue thrice earlier than Card ran it in on fourth-and-goal for a landing, pushing the rating 28-13.
In the course of the post-game press convention, Fleck mentioned depth was a difficulty by way of the accidents sustained through the sport.
“Depth: some groups have it, some groups don’t,” Fleck mentioned. “Proper now, we’re not the deepest workforce. The depth is younger … It was a foul night time.”
After a punt from each groups, the Gophers began on Purdue’s 47-yard line with 36 seconds left within the first half. Kaliakmanis hit Jackson on a dig route over the center for 20 yards.
After a timeout, Kaliakmanis threw a go path to Autman-Bell, who made a contested catch within the endzone for his first landing since week three of final season. The Gophers reduce the result in 28-20 simply earlier than halftime with the rating.
On the half, Jackson led Minnesota in receiving with 5 catches for 74 yards, Autman-Bell had 66 yards and a landing and Spann-Ford had 42 yards and a landing. Kaliakmanis threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns whereas finishing 50% of his passes within the first half.
Nonetheless, Purdue totaled 318 yards of offense within the first half, scoring on their first 4 offensive drives.
After each groups punted on their second-half opening drives, Purdue began their second drive with a 32-yard run by Mockobee into Minnesota territory to the 42.
Purdue receiver Deion Burks ran proper by way of Darius Inexperienced and walked into the top zone on a 42-yard landing go from Card. The Boilermakers stretched their result in 35-20.
After three straight punts from each groups, Purdue picked up 14 yards and a primary down with Mockobee on the bottom. Two performs later, Card hit Burks for 15 yards and one other first down.
On fourth-and-four, Card maneuvered the pocket and located wideout Jayden Dixon-Veal for eight yards and a primary down. Within the following play, Card escaped Jah Joyner’s grasp and located Miller over the center for a 12-yard achieve. Mockobee would rating two performs later, placing Purdue up 42-20 with 12:53 left within the sport.
The Gophers did not get motion on their subsequent possession. Purdue despatched all-out strain on third down and introduced house a sack for a lack of 14 yards. Kesich drilled the 39 area purpose, making it 42-23 Purdue.
Purdue’s third working again, Dylan Downing, bought into the open area and picked up 24 yards. The Boilermakers ran it 4 consecutive instances, ending the drive with a one-yard speeding landing from Tracy Jr. and led 49-23.
Each Purdue participant who ran the ball averaged over 5 yards per carry in opposition to the Gophers, totaling 353 speeding yards.
In the course of the post-game press convention, Purdue head coach Ryan Walters mentioned Purdue remains to be assured in what they’re doing after their third win of the season.
“This workforce remains to be assured they’re nonetheless hanging collectively, they nonetheless imagine in what we’re doing as a workers and what we’re doing on this constructing,” Walters mentioned. “They don’t seem to be taking note of exterior noise.”
Minnesota put collectively a protracted, sustained drive with large performs from Crooms Jr. and Nubin. Jackson made a contested catch on fourth-and-10 for 10 yards and a primary right down to the Purdue four-yard line.
Elijah Spencer, after not catching a landing go all season earlier than final week, caught a landing from Kaliakmanis in his second straight sport.
The Gophers would drive a punt earlier than the clock ran out in a 49-30 loss to the Boilermakers. Minnesota now sits at 5-5 on the season and is 3-4 in convention play, trailing Iowa, who now are in place to win the Massive Ten West.