Skip to main content

Gophers overpower Purdue in 41-13 road win

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Minnesota Gophers 41

Purdue Boilermakers 13

Minnesota got its offensive train rolling against the Boilermakers, scoring 28 unanswered points just in the third quarter to dominate Purdue 41-13 Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium. That was more points than the Gophers have scored in any of their previous five games.

1) Shannon Brooks set the tone

Running back Shannon Brooks had several key runs during the game, most notably this 71-yarder on the second play from scrimmage in the second half.

Brooks also had a key run in the second quarter after a Jalen Myrick interception gave Minnesota the ball on the Purdue 37-yard line. Brooks broke away for a 24-yard run but was tackled just short of the goal line. Mitch Leidner then scored on a quarterback sneak. Brooks ran for 176 yards on the day.

2) Jalen Myrick with two picks

Jalen Myrick had two interceptions, including a pick-six that he returned 27 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

3) Lingen scores two TDs

Gophers' tight end Brandon Lingen caught two touchdown passes on two consecutive drives in the third quarter. The first was a three-yard pass; Lingen was wide open after a perfect play-action by Leidner. On the next drive, Leidner hit Lingen in almost exactly the same spot on a 17-yard toss.

Tweet of the game

Up next:

Minnesota (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) host Nebraska next Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Cornhuskers (2-4) are coming off a last-second 23-21 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers.

Next Up


Body recovered from Mississippi River near hydro plant in St. Paul

Authorities say the body appeared to have been in the river for months.

Braxton Sorenson

Charges: Lakeville driver didn't call 911 after fatally striking teen on bicycle

The 15-year-old boy was killed while riding his bike along a route he frequented.

Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale

Body found along shoreline of Crystal Lake

Police identified the body as a male Tuesday afternoon.


Little Falls man killed in ATV crash over holiday weekend

The 55-year-old apparently lost control and was partially ejected from the vehicle on Sunday.

Ellie Ragin

Police chief reveals new details in 'heartbreaking' search for Elle Ragin

Police reveal new details that led investigators to Stearns County.

Subway Series new menu

Subway overhauling menu, offering 1M free subs on July 12

The "Subway Series" menu change is set to take over beginning July 12.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Watch: Fireworks fired at people, buildings in downtown Minneapolis

Footage shared widely on social media shows chaotic scenes downtown on Fourth of July evening.

Ellie Ragin

Search for missing Elle Ragin shifts to park in Stearns County

Mississippi River County Park is closed to the public until further notice.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Developing derecho likely to blast southwest Minnesota

Damaging winds up to 90 mph are the main threat.

Screen Shot 2022-07-05 at 12.29.03 PM

Two Minneapolis restaurants announce closures

It's the end of the line for Pie & Mighty and Bunny's Bar & Grill.

Grape Jelly

Someone is sending St. Paul resident unsolicited grape jelly

A resident said they received a large number of deliveries containing only jars of jelly.

Braxton Sorenson

Family identifies 15-year-old bicyclist killed by suspected drunk driver

A GoFundMe page has been created to support his family.