Minnesota came into this game as an underdog despite its undefeated record.
The Nittany Lions showed life on their next drive. Linebacker Micah Parsons stormed in to sack Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on second down, and two plays later, the Golden Gophers punted. Tyler Johnson had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, too, as Morgan found opening after opening in the Penn State zone to produce enough early gains the Gophers could bank for the inevitable late rally by the Nittany Lions. The Penn State offense responded with a strong 10-play, 69-yard drive, but it was cut short by yet another interception by Winfield Jr. His first quarter strike to Bateman on the sideline proved to be a tone-setter for the Gophers that wouldn't ever let up.
Minnesota quickly struck back with a Chris Autman-Bell 21-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass to take a 14-7 lead. Morgan went 18 for 20, his second game of the season with a 90% or better completion rate. Working off a flawless seal block from Rasheed Walker, Brown did the rest of the work in the open field to complete the score. Daniel George was called for offensive pass interference during an over-the-middle catch by Brown that reached the 2. He's third on the team in tackles and is second in the FBS with five interceptions. The Golden Gophers are going to need to run the football and play defense here in order to hang around with Penn State.
Minnesota running back Rodney Smith vs. Penn State's front seven. The Nittany Lions and their elite rush defense will smother the Gophers all day.
The Penn State field hockey team (7-11, 4-4 Big Ten) upset the Michigan Wolverines (13-6, 5-3 Big Ten) 2-1 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. Unable to get off the field when it mattered most, the Gophers simply milked away Penn State's best opportunities for a comeback.