MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Freshman Brandon Hance threw three touchdown passes, including a 19-yarder to John Standeford in overtime, as No. 21 Purdue rallied for a controversial 35-28 Big Ten Conference win over Minnesota.
The Boilermakers rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and benefited from two questionable calls from the officials.
Purdue (3-0) posted its sixth straight win over Minnesota, including three at Minneapolis.
"In all my years of coaching and all my big wins that I have been a part of here at Purdue, this game is the biggest win in terms of how we did at the end," Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller said.
Hance, who also ran for a score, found receiver Seth Morales in the end zone for the second time with 4:03 left in regulation, finishing off a 10-play, 69-yard drive that cut the deficit to 28-25.
After the Golden Gophers (1-2) punted the ball out of bounds with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth, Hance hit receiver Taylor Stubblefield with a 39-yard pass over the middle with one second left. The clock stopped as the officials spotted the ball.
"A first down was made on the play and that stops the clock," referee and crew chief Dick Honig said. "When the ball was made ready for play, I felt they snapped the ball in time. I didn't make the decision alone."
Purdue's kicking team scrambled on to the field. Without officials under the uprights, the referee whistled the play to start and Travis Dorsch booted a career-long 48-yard field goal to tie it up.
"No question it was good, it was good," Honig said.
Minnesota disputed the field goal, claiming it was not possible for Purdue to get the play off in one second. Following an officials' conference, the field goal stood.
"I honestly don't know how they can get off in one second," Gophers coach Glen Mason said. "I was watching to see if it was snapped with the whistle and that did not happen."
"Every week in practice we work on this exact situation," Tiller said of the quick field goal. "I am just happy that our snapper (John Shelbourne) had the presence of mind to not hold the ball and snap it right away."
More controversy followed in overtime after Hance threw a 19-yard touchdown strike to Standeford to put the Boilermakers ahead by seven points.
On Minnesota's first offensive possession of the extra session, Travis Cole floated the ball to receiver Antoine Henderson, who appeared to get one foot in the end zone, but the officials ruled him out of bounds.
"From where I am, I cannot see everything. I was later told that Henderson's found was in bounds, so I guess we need instant replay," Mason said. "We just need it. We have enough money for it, that's for sure."
Two plays later, Stuart Schweigert intercepted a pass to clinch the victory.
"I'm struggling with this right now. We played very hard and this is unfortunate," said Cole, who completed 12-of-26 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
"Everyone is dissappointed, but we have to move on from this," said the Gophers' Tellis Redmon, who rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, and completed two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Hance enjoyed a career-best 306-yard performance, completing 22-of-36 passes. That included a 42-yard completion to Morales in the first quarter, the longest of Hance's career.
Morales, who also made a 13-yard TD catch in the second quarter, registered his first career multiple-touchdown game.