Purdue coach Jeff Brom said he had not received an explanation for a controversial penalty for a foul on Boilermakers in the final minute of the 34-31 loss to Minnesota on Friday.
Purdy Payne Durham’s 15-yard penalty destroyed a 19-yard pass that would have put Purdy ahead 37-34 with 52 seconds left. In the next game, Minnesota player Josh Owen intercepted a pass from Jack Plummer to seal the victory for the hosts Golden Gophers (2-3).
The replays showed Durham and Minnesota defender Philip Howard fighting manually as they ran to the end zone. Durham briefly held out his right hand as Howard grabbed it before catching a touchdown pass.
“You know what I mean,” Brom said. “I can̵
Brom repeatedly shouted at the employee, who called in Purdy’s sideline, but later said he had not received a “good explanation” as to why Durham had been alerted.
“I wish I could comment on what I really think,” Brom said. “We are sending calls [to the Big Ten]and sometimes they agree with us, sometimes they don’t. I have no repetition and I can see it. I just know there was a touchdown [Minnesota] caught earlier in the game, around the same area of the slot receiver, it collided slightly and they did not call it.
“I’ll just stop there. Great result at the end and he’s called back. I guess we had a penalty.”
Purdue dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
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Asked if Durham had bounced before making the catch in the end zone, Howard said: “The referee made a call. We still had to finish the game.”
Minnesota played without 20 players and several staff members, including offensive line coach Brian Callahan, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Coach PJ Fleck said the number of players almost made Minnesota cancel the game.
“[COVID-19] “It wasn’t the only reason people came out tonight, but there weren’t many players,” Fleck said. I am really proud of our medical staff and our medical team that we always put the health of our players first. And it’s hard for players to get that phone call. It’s really hard. They put so much into this and the next thing you know you’re out for 21 days or you’re hurt and you’re out for two weeks. It can be devastating. “
Purdue Rondale Moore’s wide-ranging successor, the 2018 All-America selection, made its season debut on Friday and recorded 15 receptions for 116 yards, as well as three runs for 20 yards and a touchdown. Moore, who initially gave up the season before choosing to play in September, said he had aggravated a lower leg injury in pre-season practice.
He apologized to his teammates and Brom for becoming a “distraction”, noting that he had asked Brom not to specify the reason for his absence because he expected to return earlier.
“Going back there tonight felt great,” said Moore, who did not take questions from reporters.