MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota's three-game losing streak is over as the Gophers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers by a 44-28 final to earn their first Big Ten win of the season. It was Minnesota's first win over Purdue since 2009 and the Gophers' first Big Ten victory since beating Illinois in the last game of last season. Minnesota's 44 points scored matched a season high and was the most in a Big Ten regulation game since scoring 63 against Indiana in 2006. Here are five things we learned from the Gophers' fifth win of the season.
1. Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson is the real deal.
Nelson was thrust into the starting role last Saturday against Wisconsin. The true freshman fared decently in his first career start, going 13-for-24 for 149 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
On Saturday, in his first start at TCF Bank Stadium, Nelson single-handedly lifted Minnesota to a 34-7 halftime lead. Through two quarters, Nelson was 15-of-17 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns.