Scores

Final

Minnesota 17

(1-6, 0-3 Big Ten)

Purdue 28

(4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Ross-Ade Stadium, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 0 0 3 1417
PUR 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: A. Weber (MINN) - 214 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Henry (PUR) - 17 CAR, 57 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. McKnight (MINN) - 6 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Purdue hands coach Tim Brewster and Minnesota its sixth straight loss

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Dan Dierking ran for a career-high 126 yards, quarterback Rob Henry accounted for four touchdowns, and Purdue beat Minnesota 28-17 on Saturday.

Henry passed for 163 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 57 yards and three scores for the Boilermakers (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). Purdue matched its best conference start since 2004 heading into a showdown at Ohio State next Saturday.

It was Minnesota's sixth straight loss, adding to the pressure on coach Tim Brewster. Reports circulated before the game that he could be fired if the Golden Gophers (1-6, 0-3) lost on Saturday. A Minnesota spokesman said the school had no comment and said athletic director Joel Maturi would not be available to the media.

Adam Weber completed just 20 of 45 passes for 214 yards, and Da'Jon McKnight caught six passes for 123 yards for Minnesota.

Purdue rushed for 230 yards. Its five straight games with more than 200 yards on the ground is the school's longest streak since 1973.

The Boilermakers wore throwback uniforms to honor the team Drew Brees led to the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Purdue's first scoring drive was highlighted by a winding, weaving, tackle-breaking 42-yard run by Dierking. Henry finished the drive when he faked to Dierking, then kept the ball for a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.

Henry scored another touchdown in the second quarter on a 1-yard run to increase Purdue's lead to 14-0. The Boilermakers might have had a larger advantage at halftime, but normally accurate kicker Carson Wiggs missed an 18-yard field-goal attempt with 36 seconds left in the half.

Henry's biggest play might have come in the third quarter. He threw an interception to Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley, then hustled 50 yards down the field to try and make a tackle. Tinsley saw Henry coming as he neared the goal line and extended the ball to try to score before contact, but he lost control right before Henry delivered a solid hit. The ball hit the pylon on the goal line and went out of bounds for a touchback, giving Purdue the ball at its 20-yard line.

Purdue took advantage. Henry found Antavian Edison in the middle of the field on a third-and-6, and Edison spun out of a tackle, shook another defender and scored from 20 yards out to make it 21-0.

A touchdown pass from Weber to DeLeon Eskridge was called back, and the Golden Gophers were forced to settle for a field goal, making it a 21-3 game with 5 minutes left in the third quarter.

Minnesota finally reached the end zone when Weber threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Allen. The Gophers failed on a two-point conversion, and Purdue led 21-9 with 12:17 to play.

Purdue came right back and scored on the next possession. Henry ran for 13 yards on a fourth-and-1 play at the Minnesota 40. Four plays later, Henry ran 3 yards for his third rushing touchdown to give the Boilermakers a 28-9 lead.

Weber threw a 31-yard TD pass to McKnight, and MarQueis Gray caught the 2-point conversion pass from Weber to cut Purdue's lead to 28-17 with 3 minutes to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
PUR
1st Downs1916
Total Yards279393
Passing214163
Rushing65230
Penalties6-399-90
3rd Down Conversions8-177-15
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers32
Possession27:0033:00

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weber20/452144.822
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henry13/201638.211

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Weber7426.0018
Bennett5306.0010
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dierking1212610.5042
Henry17573.4313

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McKnight612320.5134
Allen44611.5118
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edison56412.8120
Ross26030.0051

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNPUR
TD05:58Rob Henry 4 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERMINNPUR
TD08:04Rob Henry 1 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 014
THIRD QUARTERMINNPUR
TD08:42Antavian Edison 20 Yd Pass From Rob Henry (Carson Wiggs Kick) 021
FG05:00Eric Ellestad 35 Yd 321
FOURTH QUARTERMINNPUR
TD12:17Bryant Allen 11 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 921
TD07:09Rob Henry 3 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 928
TD03:00Da'Jon McKnight 31 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Adam Weber Pass To Marqueis Gray For Two-Point Conversion) 1728