Shannon Brooks ran for 176 yards and changed the game with a 71-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to help Minnesota break out of its offensive funk with a 41-13 blowout at Purdue.
Brooks had only 20 carries for 115 yards coming into Saturday's game.
But his long run on the second play of the second half got the FBS' second-worst scoring team started. Minnesota (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) had 28 points in the quarter - more than it scored in any of its previous five games.
Purdue (1-5, 0-2) has lost four straight overall, eight in a row in league play and has two wins over FBS foes under third-year coach Darrell Hazell.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner was 8 of 12 for 59 yards with two TDs.
David Blough went 21 of 49 for 207 yards with one TD and three interceptions for Purdue.