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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- 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.

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. Ralph Bolden's 2-yard run gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.

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.

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.

Robert Marve entered the game at quarterback in the second quarter and threw a 12-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.

Minnesota's Marcus Jones returned the kickoff 92 yards for Minnesota's first touchdown since the fourth quarter against North Dakota State two weeks ago.

Gray's 1-yard touchdown run cut Purdue's lead to 45-17 midway through the fourth quarter.

Purdue 45, Gophers 17

Minnesota 0 3 7 7--17

Purdue 24 7 14 0--45


Pur--Bolden 2 run (Wiggs kick), 10:10.

Pur--Wiggs 53 FG, 5:18.

Pur--Shavers 1 run (Wiggs kick), 1:30.

Pur--Allen 37 interception return (Wiggs kick), :18.


Pur--Ross 12 pass from Marve (Wiggs kick), 4:08.

Minn--Hawthorne 47 FG, 1:27.


Pur--Shavers 10 pass from TerBush (Wiggs kick), 7:02.

Pur--Mostert 25 run (Wiggs kick), :56.

Minn--Jones 92 kickoff return (Hawthorne kick), :43.


Minn--Gray 1 run (Hawthorne kick), 7:55.


Minn Pur

First downs 11 22

Rushes-yards 33-100 47-217

Passing 113 155

Comp-Att-Int 10-23-1 18-27-0

Return Yards 2 43

Punts-Avg. 6-39.7 4-43.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0

Penalties-Yards 6-74 7-62

Time of Possession 26:03 33:57

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Minnesota: Bennett 15-53, Kirkwood 12-27, Gray 6-20. Purdue: Hunt 9-60, Shavers 10-52, Bolden 12-33, Mostert 3-31, Pegram 2-20, TerBush 6-17, Edison 2-11, Cottom 1-0, Freytag 1-0, Marve 1-(minus 7).

PASSING--Minnesota: Gray 8-20-1-104, Shortell 2-3-0-9. Purdue: TerBush 14-21-0-140, Marve 4-6-0-15.

RECEIVING--Minnesota: McKnight 3-25, Moulton 2-20, Jones 1-32, Lair 1-19, Bennett 1-8, Green 1-7, McGarry 1-2. Purdue: Ross 5-63, Edison 4-38, Siller 2-8, Wright 1-15, Shavers 1-10, Bolden 1-6, Gravesande 1-5, Pegram 1-4, Bush 1-3, Holmes 1-3.