Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer puts it up for David Bell, who makes an excellent one-handed catch for a 9-yard touchdown. (0:39)
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said he did not get an explanation for a controversial offensive pass interference penalty against the Boilermakers in the final minute of Friday’s 34-31 loss to Minnesota.
The 15-yard penalty on Purdue tight end Payne Durham wiped out a 19-yard touchdown pass that would have put Purdue ahead 37-34 with 52 seconds left. On the next play, Minnesota linebacker Josh Aune intercepted a Jack Plummer pass to seal the victory for the host Golden Gophers (2-3).
Replays showed Durham and Minnesota defensive back Phillip Howard hand-fighting as they ran toward the end zone. Durham briefly extended his right arm as Howard grabbed onto it, before catching the touchdown pass.
“You know what I think,” Brohm said. “I can’t really comment on it. It’s part of the game and we’ve got to move forward, but yes, I didn’t like it at all.”
Brohm repeatedly yelled at the official who made the call on the Purdue sideline, but said later that he didn’t get “a good explanation” for why Durham was flagged.
“I wish I could comment what I really think,” Brohm said. “We send calls in [to the Big Ten], and sometimes they agree with us, sometimes they don’t. I don’t have the replay and can see it. I just know there was a touchdown [Minnesota] caught earlier in the game, about the same area on the slot receiver, he gave a little nudge and they didn’t call that. Read from source….