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...
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Robert Kraft signs fan’s ‘Free Brady’ poster

Jerry Jones supports Joseph Randle as Cowboys’ starting RB

Dallas Cowboys place Darren McFadden on PUP list

Mark Cuban: Brady suspension should be more severe

Darrelle Revis thinks AFC East will be NFL’s toughest division


David Price traded to Blue Jays

Joey Bosa among four OSU players suspended for opener

NFLPA: NFL didn't respond to Tom Brady settlement offer

Tom Coughlin calls Jason Pierre-Paul situation a ‘fiasco’

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Tom Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to Manhattan

Spurs Jesus catches burglar, holds him down for police

Will the San Francisco Giants end up standing pat?

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

Cole Hamels deal: What is the true price of rebuilding?

William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry auctioning off Super Bowl ring

Affairs of the Hart (Trophy)

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Terry Collins writes letter to widow of longtime Mets fan

Jets fans fly "Cheaters Look Up" banner over Patriots practice

Dodgers upgrade rotation in unexpected, intelligent way

For some NFL players, life begins at undrafted

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Will the Giants end up standing pat?

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker