MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Finally, Minnesota had been able to play Purdue without Drew Brees. Finally, the Golden Gophers were on the verge of beating the Boilermakers.
But Brandon Hance never believed the game was over.
"I told the guys, 'Know you're going to win, expect to win,"' said Hance, who in his first Big Ten game rallied No. 24 Purdue from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Minnesota 35-28 on Saturday.
"I knew we were going to score," said Hance, a freshman, who completed 22 of 36 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns -- including the game-winner to John Standeford in overtime. Hance also caught a touchdown pass.
But most impressively, Hance marched the Boilermakers 63 yards in 18 seconds to set up Travis Dorsch's game-tying 48-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.
"Maybe they thought the game was over," said Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield, who caught a 39-yard pass from Hance to put the Boilermakers at the Minnesota 31 with one second left.
The officials were frantically trying to move the down markers -- the clock stops until the chains are moved in college -- as Purdue's John Shelbourne and the rest of the kicking team quickly and calmly lined up.
Shelbourne's snap, the officials ruled, was just before time ran out. Minnesota didn't think so.
Said Gophers coach Glen Mason: "The whistle was blown. The ball was snapped. It was not simultaneous."
Purdue coach Joe Tiller disagreed.
"I specifically watched it," he said. "When he chopped the clock, the ball was on the way."
Purdue's ability to get the ball snapped in time, to Tiller's delight, stemmed from a drill the Boilermakers have done repeatedly in practice.
"I kid not," Tiller said. "We've practiced that every single week, forever. You've never seen it, because we've never been in a position to use it."
Until Saturday -- because of Hance.
After Brees completed 92 of 127 passes for 1,214 yards and 10 touchdowns without an interception against the Gophers in three seasons as a starter, Minnesota must have been relieved to be done with him. But Hance was 11-for-13 for 134 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in overtime and the last two drives of the fourth quarter.
"We do miss Drew," said wide receiver Seth Morales. "But we might have someone new to replace him. We've got a great system here."
Hance shrugged off most of the praise.
"I just got the ball in there and they caught it," Hance said. "I think it shows what we're capable of doing."
Minnesota, which has lost six straight to Purdue, also was angry that Travis Cole's pass to Antoine Henderson on the Gophers' possession in overtime wasn't a touchdown. Officials ruled Henderson's foot was out of bounds.
"It was a touchdown, simple as that," Cole said. "His foot was in by 6 or 7 inches."
Cole threw two TD passes to Johnson and put an end to Minnesota's quarterback rotation. Tellis Redmon had 132 of his 152 rushing yards in the first half and threw a tiebreaking TD pass in the third quarter for the Gophers, playing their first game since Sept. 8.
Cole, who had split time with Asad Abdul-Khaliq for the first two games and all of last season, took every snap Saturday. He was 12-for-26 for 153 yards, two TDs and three interceptions.
"We'll bounce back," Mason said. "We've got good kids. They're resilient. They're just hurt right now, like anybody else that's made the investment. I know what they feel. They feel they got cheated."
They went up 28-17 with 8:09 left after Cole threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Johnson.
"At that point, we were smiling and joking," said defensive end Greg White. "Then they marched down the field. And we lost."
The Gophers were having a tough time realizing that they played pretty well.
"I'll probably carry it with me forever," Johnson said. "It was my last chance to beat them."
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