The officials, however, overturned the score while making a controversial offensive pass interference call, and then the Golden Gophers intercepted Boilermakers quarterback Jack Plummer to escape with a 34-31 win.
"I did not get a good explanation. Your guess is as good as mine," Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm said postgame, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
"I wish I could comment what I really think," he added. "... I just know there was a touchdown (Minnesota) caught earlier in the game, about the same area on the slot receiver, he gave a little nudge and they didn't call that. I'll just stop there."
"Refs made a call," Howard said, according to Rittenberg.
The end of the game set social media ablaze: