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Gophers At Boilermakers: Minnesota Crushed Again, 45-17

The good news is that the Minnesota Golden Gophers found the end zone this week. The bad news is that both of their touchdowns came after they were already down by six touchdowns, and once again they didn't even look competitive in a game against Big Ten competition.

The Gophers got ripped on Saturday afternoon by the Purdue Boilermakers by a final score of 45-17 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. In two Big Ten games so far this season, the Gophers have been outscored by a total margin of 103-17.

Minnesota went three and out on their first two drives of the afternoon, and running back Donnell Kirkwood fumbled the ball over to the Boilermakers on the Gophers' third drive. The Boilermakers got two touchdowns and a field goal out of those drives, and Minnesota quickly found themselves down 17-0. Things just got uglier from there, as MarQueis Gray was intercepted by Purdue's Ricardo Allen on the fourth drive of the afternoon, and Allen took the ball all the way back for a 37-yard touchdown to make the score 24-0.

Purdue got another touchdown on a pass from quarterback Robert Marve to O.J. Ross to make it 31-0, but Minnesota's Chris Hawthorne managed to get the Gophers on the board before the half with a 47-yard field goal to make the score 31-3 going into the locker room.

Purdue got two more touchdowns in their first three drives after halftime to make the score 45-3, and Minnesota's Marcus Jones answered with a 92-yard kickoff return to make the score 45-10. The Gophers got one more touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Gray to put the final score at 45-17.

All in all, it was a fairly terrible performance by the Gophers, who managed just 11 first downs and 213 yards of total offense on the afternoon. MarQueis Gray and Max Shortell combined to go just 10-for-23 throwing the football for 113 yards and an interception, and the Gophers' rushing game could only muster 3.3 yards per carry.

The Gophers will get next week off before returning to the field on October 22 to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.