Aidan O’Connell gets availability confirmed ahead of B1G West showdown with Minnesota
Aidan O’Connel is reportedly expected to start against No. 21 Minnesota after sitting out last week against Florida Atlantic with an upper-body injury. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported the news.
The Boilermakers barely escaped last week with a win after FAU scored a touchdown with 5 minutes left to bring the Owls within 2 points, but a failed 2-point conversion helped Purdue keep the lead.
The Boilermakers had just 166 passing yards in O’Connell’s absence.
Throughout 3 games, O’Connell was one of the top passers in the country in terms of yards with 1,000 while adding 8 touchdowns and just 1 interception.
O’Connell had 3,712 yards passing last season with 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, leading Purdue to an impressive 9-4 record, including win over No. 2 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan State.
The Boilermakers have been off to a shaky start this season, however. Purdue has a 2-2 record including some very close losses to Penn State and Syracuse. Getting O’Connell back is crucial as Purdue enters the bulk of its B1G action.
Sources: Purdue's Aidan O'Connell expected to start against Minnesota today (ESPN2, noon). He missed the FAU game last week. https://t.co/HVdXnoTpBZ
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 1, 2022