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Purdue University

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College football preview: Purdue at Minnesota

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: TCF Bank Stadium (50,805/FieldTurf),

Minneapolis

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Records: Purdue 3-4, 0-3 Big Ten; Minnesota 4-3, 0-3

Line: Purdue by 3

Series: Minnesota leads 33-32-3

On the web: For a video preview, go to the “Boiling Point” blog at www.journalgazette.net.

Purdue

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 31.3 (48th in FBS)

Yards per game: 380.9 (80th)

Passing yards per game: 222.7 (72nd)

Rushing yards per game: 158.1 (69th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 27.7 (T-71st)

Yards per game: 402 (72nd)

Passing yards per game: 209.3 (37th)

Rushing yards per game: 192.2 (94th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Caleb TerBush, QB, 946 passing yards, 10 TDs, 7 INTs; RB Akeem Shavers, 354 rushing yards, 3 TDs; WR Antavian Edison, 33 catches, 381 receiving yards, 5 TD

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, DT, 23 tackles, 4 sacks, 9 tackles for loss; CB Frankie Williams, 32 tackles, 1 INT; S Landon Feichter, 41 tackles, 4 INTs

Keys to victory: Minnesota is ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in pass defense. But the Gophers are ninth in the conference in rushing defense. Purdue has to get its ground game going.

Injuries: WR Raheem Mostert (ankle) out; O.J. Ross (turf toe), CB Ricardo Allen (ankle) questionable

Minnesota

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 22.6 (93rd in FBS)

Yards per game: 356.4 (93rd)

Passing yards per game: 200.6 (91st)

Rushing yards per game: 155.9 (74th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 22.4 (39th)

Yards per game: 331.7 (27th)

Passing yards per game: 154.4 (6th)

Rushing yards per game: 177.3 (82nd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Philip Nelson, 149 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs; RB Donnell Kirkwood, 475 rushing yards, 3 TDs; WR A.J. Barker, 442 receiving yards 5 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: S Derek Wells, 45 tackles, 2 INTs; DT Ra’Shede Hageman, 21 tackles, 4 sacks; DE D.L. Wilhite, 17 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks

Keys to victory: How will Nelson, a freshman, do in his second start?

Injuries: OL Ed Olson (leg) out

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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