Scores

Final

Minnesota 17

(1-5, 0-2 Big Ten)

Purdue 45

(3-2, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

Ross-Ade Stadium, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 0 3 7 717
PUR 24 7 14 045

Top Performers

Passing: C. TerBush (PUR) - 140 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Shavers (PUR) - 10 CAR, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: O. Ross (PUR) - 5 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Akeem Shavers helps Purdue send Minnesota to third straight loss

ESPN.com news services

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- 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.

"I thought we grew and developed as a team today. We really played with extended energy today," Purdue coach Danny Hope said. "We wanted to be more violent and physical as a team. The guys really gave their all today."

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.

"We do look at the Big Ten season as a whole new season," TerBush said. "We had a chip on our shoulders after last week's loss. I think we corrected our mistakes and learned some valuable lessons."

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.

"The first quarter was just one of those things where it just hits you in the mouth," Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said.

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.

"Our coaches had been stressing all week that their corner had great speed," Gray said. "Unfortunately, I just held onto the ball too long."

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 10-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 10-yard touchdown pass on a screen to Shavers gave Purdue a 38-3 lead.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
PUR
1st Downs1122
Total Yards213372
Passing113155
Rushing100217
Penalties6-747-62
3rd Down Conversions4-128-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers30
Possession26:0333:57

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gray8/201045.201
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
TerBush14/211406.710

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett15533.5014
Kirkwood12272.309
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt9606.7030
Shavers10525.2117

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones13232.0032
McKnight3258.3014
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross56312.6125
Edison4389.5018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNPUR
TD10:10Ralph Bolden 2 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 07
FG05:18Carson Wiggs 53 Yd 010
TD01:30Akeem Shavers 1 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 017
TD00:18Ricardo Allen 37 Yd Interception Return (Carson Wiggs Kick) 024
SECOND QUARTERMINNPUR
TD04:08O.J. Ross 12 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Carson Wiggs Kick) 031
FG01:27Chris Hawthorne 47 Yd 331
THIRD QUARTERMINNPUR
TD07:02Akeem Shavers 10 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Carson Wiggs Kick) 338
TD00:56Raheem Mostert 25 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 345
TD00:43Marcus Jones 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 1045
FOURTH QUARTERMINNPUR
TD07:55Marqueis Gray 1 Yd Run (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 1745