Purdue Overcomes Early Turnovers To Down Minnesota
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sophomore quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for 248 yards and a touchdown in relief of starting QB David Blough, helping the Purdue Boilermakers overcome four first half turnovers in a 31-17 win over Minnesota at Ross-Ade Stadium un West Lafayette.
Purdue went up 6-0 early on their opening drive. Blough hit tight end Cole Herdman in the end zone from 20-yards out. Kicker Spencer Evans missed the subsequent extra point.
However, the Golden Gophers would take advantage of two Purdue turnovers in the first half, both of which were interceptions thrown by quarterback David Blough. Minnesota turned both turnovers into a 14-6.
In hopes of remedying the turnover problem, head coach Jeff Brohm called on his sophomore quarterback Elijah Sindelar. The interceptions went away, but enter the fumbles. Purdue committed two fumbles ahead of halftime.
The Boilers finally found life in the second half taking their opening drive 52 yards capped off by a 22-yard TD pass from Sindelar to wide receiver D.J. Knox. They continued to hang though through the middle of the fourth quarter, when J.D. Dellinger hit a 19-yard FG to put Purdue ahead 16-14.
An hour and a half long weather delay immediately followed as a line of severe storms made their way through West Lafayette.
— Kurt Darling (@WIBCKurtDarling) October 7, 2017
After the delay Minnesota would milk the clock as much as possible driving inside the Purdue 30, taking over seven minutes and 18 plays to do so. The Gophers got a field goal out of the drive that seemed to take forever.
Purdue on the other hand, wasted little time, literally sprinting back down the field in 1:09, which was capped off with a 12-yard TD run by Markell Jones.
With their back against a wall, Minnesota moved to their hurry-up offense, but Gopher quarterback Conor Rhoda was intercepted by Purdue linebacker Ja'Whaun Benltey with only second left, returning it for a touchdown and guaranteeing a Boiler victory.
What a game it turned out to be.
FINAL STATS: pic.twitter.com/3J2JmdYGPH
— Kurt Darling (@WIBCKurtDarling) October 8, 2017
Purdue is now 3-2 through the first five games of the season, 1-1 in Big Ten play. They look to continue the hot streak in Madison next Saturday when they face Wisconsin.
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