Gophers must watch out for sack-happy Boilermaker defense



Posted: Oct. 15, 2010 4:25 p.m. CT

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster has good reason to be concerned entering the game against Purdue on Saturday: he has to game plan for the sack-happy Boilermaker defensive line.

Purdue averages 3.4 sacks-per-game, good for No.4 in the entire country, while the Minnesota offense line ranks No. 28 nationally in sacks allowed at 1.2 per contest. The Minnesota offensive line has done a great job keeping Adam Weber upright this season but they will be put to the test against the Boilermakers.

Their biggest test will be to somehow corral 6-foot-4, 263-pound defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The senior leads the Big Ten in sacks, with 5.5, and the nation in tackles for loss, with 13. He’s a big reason why Purdue leads the conference in sacks with 17.