Head-scratching pass interference call costs Purdue in loss to Minnesota

Head-scratching pass interference call costs Purdue in loss to Minnesota

2020-11-21 06:17:53
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Akeem Glaspie
 
| Indianapolis Star

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With Purdue trailing Minnesota by three points with 58 seconds remaining during Friday night’s Big Ten clash, Boilermakers quarterback Jack Plummer found tight end Payne Durham on a corner route in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. 

As Durham corraled the pass and hit the ground, a penalty flag flew, leading to one of the most head-scratching penalty calls in recent memory.

Offensive pass interference was called on Durham, and the Boilermakers’ touchdown was taken off the scoreboard. On the ensuing play, Plummer was intercepted by Golden Gophers linebacker Josh Aune, sealing a 34-31 victory for Minnesota.  

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm reserved comment other than to say: “I didn’t like the call.”

But many people across the sporting world said on Twitter that the pass interference call robbed Purdue of a victory. 

Here are some of the standout reactions to the play: 

Follow IndyStar sports producer Akeem Glaspie on Twitter at @THEAkeemGlaspie.



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