Scores

Final

Purdue 20

(1-5, 0-2 Big Ten)

Minnesota 35

(4-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

TCF Bank Stadium, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 10 3 0 720
MINN 0 14 21 035

Top Performers

Passing: J. Elliott (PUR) - 299 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Whaley (MINN) - 8 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Smith (PUR) - 7 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Campbell's pick, blocked FG spark Gophers' win

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lee Campbell intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal to set up touchdowns for Minnesota in a 35-20 victory over mistake-prone Purdue on Saturday.

Kevin Whaley rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who forced three turnovers in their first victory at home since beating Air Force on Sept. 12.

Purdue's Keith Smith caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown, and Joey Elliott threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. The Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2) have lost five in a row.

Purdue led Minnesota 10-0 after the first quarter. But Elliott threw the ball right to Campbell, who returned it to the Purdue 2-yard line. DeLeon Eskridge scored from 1 yard out to give the Gophers their first lead at 14-10 with five minutes to go in the first half.

Then everything came apart in a disastrous third quarter for the Boilermakers. Purdue had a 7-yard punt, a fumble on a kick return and a blocked field goal, and the Gophers turned all three into touchdowns to pull away.

With Purdue trailing 14-13 early in the period, Chris Summers' punt traveled just 7 yards to give Minnesota the ball in Purdue territory. Whaley's 28-yard run set up quarterback Adam Weber's 2-yard run to make it 21-13.

Keith Carlos fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the Gophers the ball at the Purdue 30. Five plays later, the first touchdown of Whaley's career pushed the lead to 28-13.

The quarter ended when Campbell blocked Carson Wiggs' field-goal attempt. Traye Simmons scooped the ball up and raced 47 yards for the TD, the first time the Gophers had returned a blocked kick for a score since Oct. 21, 1989, against Indiana.

The opportunistic play help the Gophers overcome poor days from Weber and receiver Eric Decker and bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to rival Wisconsin last week.

Weber was just 5 for 9 for 74 yards with two interceptions, and Decker had three catches for 50 yards, his lowest output of the season.

Whaley picked up the slack, making the most out of his eight carries. He was shot in the leg outside a nightclub in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., in the spring before he enrolled at Minnesota last year. Whaley redshirted in 2008.

Aaron Valentin added eight catches for 80 yards and a touchdown for Purdue.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
MINN
1st Downs2314
Total Yards402281
Passing29974
Rushing103207
Penalties5-354-45
3rd Down Conversions8-153-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers32
Possession31:0828:52

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott25/472996.422
MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weber5/9748.202

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden18583.2015
Elliott10494.9028
MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whaley8799.9128
Bennett9535.9029

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith712618.0161
Valentin88010.0121
MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Decker35016.7047
Tow-Arnett22412.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPURMINN
FG07:36Carson Wiggs 43 Yd 30
TD04:32Aaron Valentin 3 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERPURMINN
TD06:29DeLeon Eskridge 1 Yd Run (Eric Ellestad Kick) 107
TD04:36DeLeon Eskridge 1 Yd Run (Eric Ellestad Kick) 1014
FG01:40Carson Wiggs 40 Yd 1314
THIRD QUARTERPURMINN
TD12:32Adam Weber 2 Yd Run (Eric Ellestad Kick) 1321
TD05:38Traye Simmons 47 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Eric Ellestad Kick) 1335
TD00:10Kevin Whaley 1 Yd Run (Eric Ellestad Kick) 1328
FOURTH QUARTERPURMINN
TD12:58Keith Smith 61 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2028