The Gophers defense flipped the switch with a dominating performance after a blowout loss last week.
Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm share similarities in their career paths. Both coaches had stints playing in the NFL, Fleck as a wide receiver and Brohm as a quarterback. Both started their coaching careers working with notable head coaches, Fleck at Ohio State with Jim Tressel and at Rutgers with Greg Schiano, and Brohm at Louisville with Bobby Petrino.
We interviewed Lafayette Journal & Courier's Mike Carmin to gain insight on this week's game against Purdue. Carmin is a football beat reporter for the Journal & Courier.
After a tightly played first half, Illinois outscored Minnesota 21-0 in the third quarter to cement the Gophers' fourth loss in their last five games.
Gophers Defensive Coordinator Robb Smith was fired Sunday night after allowing 646 yards to Illinois.
The Gophers' defense was unable to stop Illinois' offense in a 55-31 loss.
With a 21-9 lead at halftime, they were in the lead after two quarters for the first time since their last non-conference game against Miami (OH). It was also just the second time they had a lead in a conference game this season, the first coming in the second quarter against Ohio State.
Neither Tanner Morgan nor Shannon Brooks were in the starting lineup a week ago, but on Friday the duo were the driving force in a wild win against Indiana.
There is plenty for Minnesota fans to worry about after last week's 53-28 loss against Nebraska: The defense gave up high-yardage plays, the running game never got in a rhythm and starting quarterback Zack Annexstad was injured. However, a bright spot emerged from the struggle in Tanner Morgan.
Minnesota (3-4, 0-4) hosts Indiana (4-4, 1-4) Friday night as the Gophers chase their first Big Ten win of the year. Indiana has four losses, but they have come at the hands of Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State — all of which have been in ranked in the top-25 this season.