What P.J. Fleck said after Minnesota's thrilling win over Purdue
It’s been a bumpy year for Minnesota, but Friday night’s win over Purdue was a thrilling one for the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota once owned a 21-10 lead and appeared to be in complete control, but Purdue roared back into the game with a chance to win late in the contest. But an interception by Josh Aune with less than a minute to play sealed the deal for the Golden Gophers, who defeated the Boilermakers 34-31.
Tanner Morgan completed 15-of-22 passes for 264 yards and Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries, lifting Minnesota to the victory. Chris Autman-Bell also hauled in 5 catches for 129 yards in the win.
With the win, the Golden Gophers improved to 2-3 on the season, a nice bounce back victory following a tough loss to Iowa last weekend.
Here’s what head coach P.J. Fleck had to say about the game:
On the win: “I’m just really proud of our football team for their courage to fight, and their determination through all the adversity we’ve faced this year, this week, as well as last week with what we’re dealing with, just like a lot of people in the country, but really proud of our players. That’s what Row The Boat is all about. We never give something give up. That’s what the energy, sacrifice and doing it as a team is all about.”
On the controversial call: “I really couldn’t see [the pass interference]. I was blocked from it. But when I watched the replay, they called a penalty. Especially when it benefits you, but when I saw the replay, it could have probably went either way. But there’s a lot of contact and when you look at it, it’s a penalty. There’s some other things that on our side, that you don’t think is a penalty at times, but it’s a bang-bang play and those things get called.”
On Mo Ibrahim: “Mo is really tough, but you also have to be the adult in the medical team and the medical staff of knowing if a kid wants to really stay in there, whether it keep him out or put him back in there. And Mike Sypniak is always thinking about our players, always thinking about their health and decided we need to shut him down.
On Tanner Morgan’s performance: “He’s tough. He was tough tonight. He had an edge to him. He played gritty and was accurate. A complete understanding of the offense, controlled the offense and controlled his teammates putting them in the best position to be successful with ball placement, where it needed to be, when it needed to be there. But he saw the field.”