Oct 28, 2012 at 7:10 am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) Freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season by beating Purdue 44-28 on Saturday afternoon.
Nelson led Minnesota (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten) to touchdowns on four straight possessions while the Gophers averaged almost 10 yards per play. He completed 12 straight passes in one stretch and had all 246 of his yards in the first half on the way to a 34-7 lead, more points than Minnesota had in any game last year.
Nelson connected with A.J. Barker for two scores and Derrick Engel for another. Engel and Rodrick Williams enjoyed their first career touchdowns. The defense wasn’t outdone, either. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush was sacked three times, and Carter tied the program record with six pass breakups, including three on the same drive he ended with the pick six. Jordan Wettstein made three of his four field-goal attempts.
This was Minnesota’s most-lopsided Big Ten win since a 63-26 decision over Indiana on Nov. 4, 2006.
The Gophers host Michigan Saturday in an 11 am kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium.
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