Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Scores in Last Seconds to Win Shootout with Purdue 59-56

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Scores in Last Seconds to Win Shootout with Purdue 59-56

Article excerpt

Air Wacker finally has taken off.

Jim Wacker, who left Texas Christian to coach Minnesota before the 1992 season, needed 17 games to make good on his promise of a wild-and-crazy passing attack. The 17th was wilder than Wacker ever expected, a record-setting 59-56 Big Ten victory over Purdue on Saturday.

"Look at those drives - 80 yards, 64, 76, 55, 74, 63, 57, 73 . . . I mean, that's crazy," Wacker said. "The whole game was crazy, but what fun!"

More fun for Minnesota than for Purdue, which scored more points than any major-college team ever had in a loss. San Diego State had held that dubious distinction, losing 52-51 to Wyoming in 1990.

"We did it the hard way, they did it the fun way," Purdue coach Jim Colletto said, referring to his team's 299 rushing yards compared to the Gophers' 402 passing yards. "My kidneys hurt from yelling so much."

The Boilermakers lost despite getting a school-record five touchdowns from fullback Mike Alstott.

The game came down to the end. …

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