Purdue has every right to be upset with the official 34-31 loss to Minnesota.
The Boilermakers were stolen from a possible winning touchdown with 52 seconds left after a formal tight end Payne Durham for an aggressive intervention before a possible TD pass from Jack Plummer.
Repetitions of the foul were uncertain at best. There was minimal contact between Durham and his defender and the best angle produced by the Big Ten Network show was from above. You can see Durham’s right hand extending towards the defender as the two players fought and the flag was dropped quickly after that.
Here is the repetition. Whatever it was, it was not a boost.
While there was still plenty of time for Purdue to get another TD, the Boilermakers turned it around in the next game. Plummer airlifted a passage for Rondale Moore to a sea of Minnesota defenders and received Josh Aune. Minnesota was able to finish the clock to get its second victory of the season.
If Purdue scored and converted the extra point, Minnesota would have less than a minute and two time limits to try to win a winning TD to overcome the four-point deficit. At least the Purdue Twitter account could have been fun.
The loss drops Purdue to 2-2 and two games back in the defeat column to whoever wins Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Boilermakers’ chances of winning the Big Ten West have probably disappeared due to the Big Ten summary program.
The good news for Purdue is that Moore, his big receiver, made his first appearance of the season. Moore had 15 catches for 116 yards and also had 20 yards and a touchdown.
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