WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Akeem Shavers caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Purdue beat Minnesota 45-17 on Saturday.

Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a score and O.J. Ross caught five passes for 63 yards and a TD for the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten).

Ricardo Allen returned an interception for a touchdown and Ryan Russell recovered two fumbles for Purdue, which held the Golden Gophers to 211 total yards. It was Purdue’s largest margin of victory in a Big Ten game since a 62-10 win over Indiana on Nov. 22, 2008.

MarQueis Gray passed for 104 yards and rushed for 20 yards and a score for Minnesota (1-5, 0-2). The Gophers tried to bounce back from a 58-0 loss to Michigan but lost their third straight.

Purdue rushed for 217 yards on 47 carries.

Purdue had a false start on its first offensive play a week after committing 13 penalties in a 38-10 loss to Notre Dame, but the mistakes were few after that against the Gophers. Ralph Bolden’s 2-yard run gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.

Carson Wiggs hit a season-long 53-yard field goal to increase Purdue’s lead to 10-0 with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood fumbled and Russell recovered at the Minnesota 11-yard line. The Boilermakers went for it on fourth-and-goal, and Shavers extended the ball to the pylon and scored to push the lead to 17-0.

Gray, who missed the Michigan game with a toe injury, replaced starter Max Shortell and got a rude welcome back. Allen jumped a route, intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Boilermakers a 24-0 lead. It was the third touchdown return of Allen’s career, tying Mike Rose and Rod Woodson for the most in school history. The 24 points were the most Purdue has scored in a quarter since producing 24 in the Indiana game in 2008.

Robert Marve entered the game at quarterback in the second quarter and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ross that gave the Boilermakers a 31-0 lead with 4:08 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota finally got on the board with a 47-yard field goal by Chris Hawthorne, breaking a run of 95 consecutive points by its opponents. Purdue held Minnesota to 88 yards and six first downs in the first half to lead 31-3 at the break.

TerBush returned in the third quarter and led a 12-play, 86-yard scoring drive. His 24-yard touchdown pass on a screen to Shavers gave Purdue a 38-3 lead.

Raheem Mostert’s 25-yard touchdown run gave Purdue a 45-3 lead late in the third quarter.

Minnesota’s Marcus Jones returned the kickoff 92 yards for Minnesota’s first touchdown since the fourth quarter against North Dakota State two weeks ago.

Gray’s 1-yard touchdown run cut Purdue’s lead to 45-17 midway through the fourth quarter.

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Comments (5)
  1. gtV says:

    It’s a sad day in the Twin Towns and MN when the UofM takes another shellacking in Big Ten football. At this point, outside of kicking some players’ butts for not trying harder, let’s hope the Coach Kill can recruit some local talent from this state and surrounding territory and build a winning team. Let’s stop complaining and help the coach get the talents he needs.

    Also, it’s time the UofM alumni and fan base stops being fair weather supporters and help establish some new collegiate fan support traditions that are uniquely Minnesotan. Where are the tail-gate parties, the pep-rallies, parades, and the Go-Gopher spirit that shows support for the UofM sports programs? Even the TV sports networks barely comment anymore on the Gophers except saying Coach Kill is trying hard to build a viable program.

    It’s time for a change of attitude from all of us to support our Gophers. So it’s time for positive attitudes and let’s support our hometown teams.

    Go Minnesota!!!

    1. KeepItReal says:

      Rah, rah, blah…you must be joking. The Gopher sports tragedy can be linked directly to Maturi. No guts administrations who don’t see it and allow him to hire unqualified candidates. You blamed players and alumni. But the real problem is the AD and coaching staff. Go-Gopher spirit???What is that…D1 college football is dead in this town. People are tired of babied, poorly behaved athletes getting everything handed to them.

  2. The solution to MN sports problems is ... says:

    If MN is going to have any sports team other than the Lynx that is a winner, we need to recruit some women for the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, Wild, etc. The boys just can’t seem to get the job done.

    Oh yeah, and hey there, Zygi, take your constant requests for charity somewhere OUT of Minnesota! You’re welcome to stay here ONLY if you pay your own way – 100% of your own way that is.

  3. TB says:

    Just curious. Why a photo of a Michigan Wolverine in the headline photo?

  4. Lonnie Jensen says:

    Just plain embarrassing again today. The Gophers looked lost and bewildered on the field today. I think they might get lucky and go 2-10, but thats about it. Realisticly who can they beat in the schedule remaining? They will have to hire a nationally recognized and proven legend of a coach who can attract the level of talent needed to turn the program around. How many year contract did Maturi give Coach Kill? I was listening to the radio after the game, and commentators were saying that it would take another 2 or 3 more years to turn this program around!

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