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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Golden Gophers need a boost in a hurry

By Adam Rittenberg

This game is starting to slip away for Minnesota, which could be playing for coach Tim Brewster's job at Purdue.

The Golden Gophers are down 14-0 despite dominating the time of possession battle. Minnesota is struggling to get its run game going, rushing for just 21 yards so far today. After gashing Purdue in last year's victory, the Gophers have to find more production from DeLeon Eskridge and crew.

Purdue's defense really turned things around during the bye week. The Boilers had one great player through the first four games -- end Ryan Kerrigan -- but a shaky unit still trying to find itself. Coordinators Donn Landholm and Gary Emanuel are seeing production from more sources the past two weeks.

The Boilers are keeping everything in front of them, and Adam Weber missed an opportunity to attack downfield moments ago.

The only downside for Purdue are some injuries: safety Albert Evans and cornerback Mike Eargle both left the game.