MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Aune’s interception with 44 seconds left at the 13-yard line after a disputed penalty on Purdue preserved a 34-31 victory for Minnesota.
Jack Plummer passed for 367 yards and three scores in his first start of the season for Purdue, which took over with 2:01 left at its 39.
The Boilermakers moved in position for what they believed was a 19-yard touchdown catch by tight end Payne Durham in the final minute.
Durham was flagged for offensive pass interference, angering the Purdue sideline after replays revealed scant evidence of a foul. Aune picked Plummer off on the next play.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns while Cam Wiley and Seth Green also ran for scores to lift Minnesota to its second win of the season.
Minnesota (2-3) is back in action Saturday, Nov. 28 against Wisconsin.