D.J. Knox, Purdue
The running back amassed 173 all-purpose yards, rushing seven times for 56, catching two passes for 38, including a 22-yard td, and returning three kicks for 79 yards. His 44-yard kick return after the Gophers went up 17-16 with 2:26 left set up purdue with great field position on its winning drive.
Thomas Barber, Gophers
The linebacker made 10 tackles, eight solo, had 1.5 tackles for loss, had a half-sack and forced and recovered a fumble.
By the numbers
5-for-17 third-down conversions for the gophers.
4.0 Yards per pass attempt for the gophers, which was half of purdue’s average (8.5).
14-7 Minnesota’s edge in points off turnovers. The Gophers did not score on Purdue’s other two giveaways.
62 Points allowed by the Gophers in two Big Ten games after giving up only 24 in three nonconference games.