MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Carter has given the Gophers the kind of shutdown cornerback they've been missing for years.

Finally, the senior has flourished into the player he's had the potential to be all along. There was no better evidence of his progress than on Saturday, when Purdue came out for the second half facing a huge deficit.

Caleb TerBush tried to throw to Gary Bush three times in a four-play span. Carter got his hand on all three incompletions. Then on the next snap, Carter made a cat-quick break for the ball and returned the interception 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Gophers a 41-7 lead.

Carter was named co-winner of the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.