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9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET4:00 PM GMT12:00 AM 北京时间9:00 AM MST11:00 AM EST, Oct. 1, 2022
Huntington Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 48,288

No. 21 Minnesota faces Purdue, aims to stay unbeaten

Purdue Boilermakers at Minnesota Golden Gophers

  1. Minnesota has won four straight games against Purdue in all locations and six straight contests with the Boilermakers in Minneapolis. Both of those streaks are tied for the Golden Gophers' longest against the Boilermakers all-time.
  2. Minnesota defeated Michigan State, 34-7, in East Lansing last week, outgaining the Spartans 508-240 in total yards. Dating back to last season, the Gophers have held their last 11 opponents to under 280 yards of total offense, tied for the longest streak by an FBS team in the last 25 seasons (Alabama, 2010-11).
  3. Mohamed Ibrahim (RB) became Minnesota's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns last week, scoring his 41st career rushing TD to go with 103 rushing yards. Ibrahim has rushed for over 100 yards rushing in 13 straight games dating back to Minnesota's Outback Bowl win in 2019, the longest active such streak in the FBS.
  4. Purdue prevailed against Florida Atlantic, 28-26, in West Lafayette last week. Dating back to their 2021 Music City Bowl win over Tennessee, the Boilermakers' last four games against FBS competition have each been decided by four points or fewer - Purdue crushed FCS Indiana State, 56-0, its other game this season.
  5. Charlie Jones (WR) caught nine balls for 59 yards and two scores against FAU. Jones is the FBS leader in receptions (41) and is tied for the FBS lead in receiving touchdowns (7, tied with two others) this season. Jones, a graduate transfer, had 106 receiving yards and one TD against Minnesota last season with Iowa, including a career-long 72-yard receiving TD.

No. 21 Minnesota faces Purdue, aims to stay unbeaten

After a 34-7 win over Michigan State on Saturday, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said that sometimes the difference between being a team or just simply being a group boils down to defensive culture and intensity.

If that's true, the Golden Gophers are as much of a team as anyone in college football.

No. 21 Minnesota (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will look to continue terrorizing opposing offenses on Saturday when it faces Purdue (2-2, 0-1) in a conference matchup at Minneapolis.

The Gophers have allowed just 24 points this season. They've also allowed the fewest average yards per game in the nation (187.8), with the next-closest team, Alabama, at 201.2.

Thanks to those impressive defensive numbers and a lethal rushing attack, Minnesota has slid into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.

"I think any time that happens, that's good for the brand of the University of Minnesota, period. It's good for our president, it's good for our admissions, it's good for everything," Fleck said. "Enrollment's up. You get even higher quality students to come here that continue to do medical research, change the world, do things like that.

"Now, that doesn't mean anything necessarily inside of our program. We have a lot of guys who have had that happen before. They've been there. They understand how the external message will get louder, but the internal message has to be the loudest."

One player who has experience in the program is senior running back Mohamed Ibrahim, the centerpiece of one of the top backfields in the country.

Minnesota has averaged the second-most yards per game on the ground (294.5) and has 17 rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Michigan for first. Ibrahim has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first four games. He has eight touchdowns, including at least one TD in each game.

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm knows his defense can't overreact to the run, because if it does, it'll get picked apart by Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan.

"The sound running game, once you start to want to commit more guys, they're going to get you on a deep pass over the top," Brohm said. "And if they're allowed to do that, then they're just going to continue to roll."

The Boilermakers will need to tune up things in that department if they want to have any chance of slowing Minnesota. Purdue allowed 419 yards in a 28-26 win over Florida Atlantic last Saturday and gave up a touchdown with seven seconds remaining one week earlier while falling 32-29 against Syracuse.

Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell also will look for revenge on Saturday.

With his team trailing 20-13 in the fourth quarter against Minnesota last season, O'Connell threw an interception on the Boilermakers' last offensive drive. Morgan then kneeled twice to run out the clock, handing Purdue its fourth consecutive loss against its conference rival.

Minnesota has dominated the all-time series lately, winning eight of the last nine meetings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2022

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