Down 22 players, Minnesota outlasts Purdue for 34-31 victory

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota played Purdue on Friday night basically without the number of players it takes to field a starting offense and defense.And yet it still might have been one of its better performances of the year.A combination of positive COVID-19 tests and injuries knocked out several players and coaches, but the Gophers still beat Purdue, 34-31, at TCF Bank Stadium to improve to 2-3 in this shortened and delayed Big Ten season.There were some notable names missing, including starting cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, starting rush end Boye Mafe and starting kicker Michael Lantz. Offensive …

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