WEST LAFAYETTE - Minnesota overcame adversity Saturday afternoon in a steamroll win over the Purdue Boilermakers 41-13 on the road. The Gophers rushed for 326 yards on 48 carries, averaging almost seven yards a carry and a large part of that came from true freshman Shannon Brooks who had 17 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown.
The Gopher defense also deserves a lot of credit, and a few guys in particular in defensive backs Jalen Myrick and Eric Murray, plus linebackers De'Vondre Campbell and Cody Poock. Myrick had two interceptions on the day, including one returned for a touchdown. Murray locked down his whole half of the field and while he had two passes broken up, he also forced numerous incompletions. Campbell and Poock were Minnesota's leading tacklers along with safety Antonio Johnson who played well.
The Gophers (4-2, 1-1) return home next week for their Big Ten opener against Nebraska (2-3, 0-1).