Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/28/12
MINNEAPOLIS After losing three straight conference games to open up the Big Ten schedule, the University of Minnesota football team got its first Big Ten win of the season. Led by true freshman quarterback Philip Nelson, the Gophers dispensed of visiting Purdue by a 44-28 final -- tying Minnesota's season-high point total. Here's a look at the grades for the Gophers in their win over the Boilermakers: Running offense: B-plus In last weekend's loss against Wisconsin, the Gophers' running game was virtually non-existent. Against Purdue, Minnesota racked up 212 total rushing yards. Redshirt sophomore Donnell Kirkwood gained 134 yards on 22 carries, an average of 6.1 yards per carry. While Kirkwood didn't find the end zone, he was able to grind down Purdue -- and the clock -- in the second half with the Gophers holding onto a sizable lead. Of the 134 Kirkwood picked up on the ground, 90 came in the second half. Nelson ran 16 times against Wisconsin but carried the ball just nine time...
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