Boilermakers 28, Gophers 17: Start The Brewster Countdown

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Henry's Four Touchdowns Doom Gophers In 28-17 Loss To Purdue

(Sports Network) – Rob Henry scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another, as the Purdue Boilermakers downed the Minnesota Golden Gophers 28-17 in a Big Ten game at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Henry, making just his second career start, was 13-of-20 through the air for the Boilermakers (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) for 163 yards. He also carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards, while Dan Dierking picked up a career-high 126 rushing yards on just 12 carries to help Purdue win for the fourth time in its last five outings.

Adam Weber was 20-of-45 through the air for the Golden Gophers (1-6, 0-3), finishing with 214 yards and two touchdowns. However, Weber was also intercepted twice in the loss. Da’Jon McKnight caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, which has now lost six straight.

Henry got the Boilermakers on the scoreboard when he scored from four yards out with 5:58 left in the opening period.

Purdue extended its advantage to 14-0 when Henry scored from a yard out to cap a short drive that was set up by a bad snap on a Minnesota punt.

Henry found Antavian Edison with a 20-yard touchdown pass to put Purdue up 21-0 with 8:42 left in the third quarter.

Minnesota finally got on the board on Eric Ellestad’s 35-yard field goal with exactly five minutes left in the period.

The Golden Gophers got closer on Weber’s 11-yard pass to Bryant Allen with 12:17 left in the game.

Henry countered for Purdue with a three-yard run with 7:09 left in regulation before Weber found McKnight with a 31-yard scoring strike with exactly three minutes left.

Purdue finished with 393 yards in total offense despite being penalized nine times for 90 yards.

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Purdue Boilermakers 28, Minnesota Golden Gophers 17 - Too Little, Too Late

The Gophers are starting to fill up the stat column, but it likely won’t be enough.

Adam Weber, who became the fifth quarterback in Big Ten history to throw for over 10,000 career yards in this game, has just completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Da’Jon McKnight for a touchdown. A pass from Weber to MarQueis Gray for the two-point conversion made the score 28-17.

The Boilemakers, however, just recovered an onside kick that the Gophers had a really good shot at, and the Boilermakers will presumably run out the clock from here.

Under three minutes to go in West Lafayette, and the Gophers trail the Boilermakers 28-17 in a game that hasn’t been that close.

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Purdue Boilermakers 28, Minnesota Golden Gophers 9 - Getting Caught Up

Technical difficulties on my end have kept the updates from flowing here, but it looks like I’m back, so let’s get you caught up.

The Gophers finally dented the scoreboard with a 35-yard field goal by Eric Ellestad with 5:00 left in the third quarter. They followed that up by actually. . .get this. . .getting into the end zone via an 11-yard touchdown pass from Adam Weber to Bryant Allen, making the score 21-9 in favor of Purdue after an unsuccessful two-point attempt.

The Boilermakers then answered with another touchdown, Rob Henry’s third rushing score of the day, to make it 28-9.

The Gophers are terrible, and it doesn’t look to be getting any better any time soon.

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Purdue Boilermakers 21, Minnesota Golden Gophers 0 - Purdue Capitalizes On Gopher Mistake

After the fumble by Gary Tinsley’s interception return, Purdue took the ball back and did what they’ve done for most of the afternoon. . .moved the ball on the Gophers with very little problem.

The Boilermakers went 80 yards in 13 plays, concluding the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Rob Henry to Antavian Edison to make the score 21-0.

At this point, it’s debatable whether Tim Brewster should even be allowed on the plane back to Minneapolis.

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Purdue Boilermakers 14, Minnesota Golden Gophers 0 - If It Wasn't For Bad Luck

Just when you thought things might be turning around for the Gophers. . .

Linebacker Gary Tinsley made a very good read on a play by the Boilermakers, and intercepted a wide receiver screen pass with nothing but open field in front of him. As he started running the other way and approaching the goal line, Tinsley appeared to try to stretch the ball out for the goal line.

Unfortunately, the ball came out of Tinsley’s hands and hit the pylon at the corner of the end zone.

Because the ball hit the pylon, rather than the Gophers having the ball inside the Purdue 5-yard line. . .or having a touchdown. . .the ruling is a touchback, and Purdue re-takes possession of the ball at their own 20-yard line.

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Purdue Boilermakers 14, Minnesota Golden Gophers 0 - The Minnesota Offense Is Offensive

The Minnesota Golden Gophers offense this afternoon in West Lafayette has been, to borrow a phrase, freaking terrible.

As we head into the locker room, Minnesota trails Purdue by a score of 14-0, and they’ve generated a whopping 64 yards of total offense. Quarterback Adam Weber has completed nine of eighteen passes for a total of 40 yards. . .a robust 2.2 yards per attempt. . .and has thrown in an interception for good measure.

The running game hasn’t fared any better, with DeLeon Eskridge and Duane Bennett combining for 27 yards on 12 carries. Weber has three runs for 25 yards to make things look slightly less pathetic, but pathetic none the less.

At halftime, the Gophers trail the Boilermakers 14-0, and if Tim Brewster can’t do any better than this when he knows he’s coaching for his job, maybe Joel Maturi can fire him at halftime.

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Purdue Boilermakers 14, Minnesota Golden Gophers 0 - A Comedy Of Errors

If the Minnesota Golden Gophers are playing for Tim Brewster’s job, they’re making one thing pretty clear. . .they want that guy fired yesterday.

After a drive that appeared to have a bit of promise, with the Gophers advancing the ball to midfield, Dan Orseske had the snap on a punt go over his head. After picking it up, it appeared he had enough time to kick the ball, but attempted to run with it instead, getting dropped at the Minnesota 22-yard line for a loss of 28 yards.

Given the short field, it didn’t take much for Purdue to convert for another touchdown, but the Gophers helped them out anyway. After an illegal shift put the Boilermakers in second and 15, the Gophers decided to jump offsides on third and five to give Purdue a first down, and a few plays later Rob Henry was running into the end zone for his second score of the day.

With 8:04 left before halftime, the Gophers trail the Boilermakers 14-0.

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Purdue Boilermakers 7, Minnesota Golden Gophers 0 - Gophers Can't Stop The Run Again

After the Gophers and Boilermakers spent most of the first quarter exchanging punts, the Boilermakers realized what most Gopher opponents have realized this season. . .you can run the football on these guys.

Dan Orseske shanked a punt that allowed the Boilermakers to start at their own 37-yard line. After a quick pass on their first play, Purdue running back Dan Dierking took a handoff and rumbled for 42 yards to set the Boilermakers up with first and goal. Two plays later, quarterback Rob Henry scored on a 4-yard keeper for Purdue, and the Boilermakers are off to an early 7-0 lead.

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Three Open Threads For Your Game Discussion Pleasure

The SBNation family of websites has not one. . .not two. . .but three locations for you to discuss today’s game between the Golden Gophers and the Boilermakers.

If you’re a Gopher fan, you can check things out over at The Daily Gopher.

If you’re a fan of the Big Ten in general, there’s an open thread for all the Big Ten games over at Off Tackle Empire.

And if you’re a Purdue fan that’s somehow wandered your way over here by mistake, allow me to direct you to our friends over at Hammer and Rails.

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Gophers Travel To West Lafayette For Battle With Boilermakers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will try to put an end to their losing ways this weekend, as they invade West Lafayette to tangle with the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Ten play at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Since opening the season with a win at Middle Tennessee, the Gophers have dropped five consecutive decisions, four of which came at home. The losing skid began with a shocking home loss to South Dakota State and continued with a 41-23 setback at nationally-ranked Wisconsin last weekend. Minnesota is now 0-2 in the Big Ten and still has Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa left on its schedule, so there isn’t much to look forward too this team.

Purdue meanwhile, rebounded from a surprising 31-20 home loss to Toledo with a 20-17 victory at Northwestern in its Big Ten opener last weekend. The Boilermakers have now won three of four games since an opening loss to Notre Dame, and the team could certainly use a victory this weekend with a daunting league schedule still ahead.

As for the all-time series, Minnesota extended its lead to 33-30-3 with a 35-20 triumph over Purdue in last season’s meeting.

Adam Weber was one of the few bright spots for Minnesota in last weekend’s loss to Wisconsin, as he threw for 249 yards and three TDs. He completed just 11-of-25 pass attempts and two of his scores came when the game was out of reach, but Weber continues to be solid for the Gophers, tossing 12 TDs against four INTs for the season. Three players have already logged over 20 catches and 300 receiving yards for Minnesota, as Weber has done a nice job getting everyone involved. Da’Jon McKnight is part of the trio and he had two TD grabs last weekend, giving him a team-high five for the season. In the backfield, the Gophers rely on a pair of runners in Duane Bennett and DeLeon Eskridge, who have combined for 714 yards. Eskridge had 72 yards on 21 carries last weekend, but Minnesota was held to just 96 yards on the ground, well below its season average of 154.3 ypg.

Minnesota’s defense continues to get abused during the team’s losing streak, as Wisconsin racked up 473 total yards of offense. The run defense continues to be a problem for the Gophers, who gave up 250 yards and five TDs on the ground to Wisconsin. Minnesota is now allowing 221.5 rushing ypg and opponents are averaging 5.7 yards per carry against this suspect defense, which has also surrendered 15 scores on the ground. Gary Tinsley was one of the few players that showed up for the defense last weekend, as he racked up 14 tackles, giving him a team-best 46 stops for the season.

Making his first career start, redshirt QB Rob Henry rushed for 132 yards and a score in leading Purdue to a 20-17 win at Northwestern. Henry was part of a mix that helped Purdue gain 232 yards on the ground, slightly above its season average of 196.8 ypg. The young gunslinger struggled through the air with 47 yards and an INT and he will need to improve in that area going forward. Henry was thrust into the starting role after Robert Marve suffered a season-ending ACL tear last game. He currently leads the team with 299 yards on the ground. Ranking second is Dan Dierking, who has amassed 227 yards and three TDs. Dierking had just 22 yards last weekend, but he scored the game-winning TD on a seven-yard run with just under four minutes to play.

Purdue allowed 389 total yards to Northwestern, but benefited from a blocked and missed field goal in the fourth quarter. The unit was stout versus the run, allowing just 83 yards on 42 attempts, but struggled versus the pass, permitting Northwestern to complete 30-of-41 tosses for 305 yards. That has been the story this season for the Boilermakers, who are giving up 135.2 ypg on the ground compared to 222.2 ypg through the air. The defense though, has been able to bring the pressure, posting 16 sacks, including five last weekend. Ryan Kerrigan had four tackles and a sack last weekend and he continues to be outstanding for Purdue, leading the team with 38 tackles, 13 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for the season.

Minnesota hasn’t been able to slow down anyone on the ground and that should help Purdue come away with the victory even without an experienced QB running the show.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 34, Minnesota 24

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Report: Brewster Out If Gophers Lose To Purdue Saturday

Cory Roufs of 1500 ESPN is reporting that the University of Minnesota plans to fire Golden Gophers head football coach Tim Brewster if Minnesota loses to Purdue on Saturday.

The university drafted a press release and devised a media plan on Thursday to move forward if the Gophers lose their sixth consecutive game, sources said.

The report suggests that the termination would not take place until the end of the season, leaving it up to Brewster as to whether he'd rather coach out the year as a lame duck, or leave early and receive less money as part of his buyout.

One would expect the standard denials to be issued soon, of course.

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