The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 to advance to 9-0 for the first time since 1904. The win was the first Gophers win over a top five ranked team in two decades.
The game ended when Minnesota DB Jordan Howden picked off Penn State QB Sean Clifford in the end zone, allowing Minnesota run out the clock. The victory was quickly followed by a sea of humanity surging over the barriers and onto the field, check out Jim Rosvold’s great photo.
Minnesota’s quarterback Tanner Johnson threw for 339 yards on the day, picking up 3 touchdowns, hitting Rashad Bateman for 203 yards and two TD’s on seven catches and Tyler Johnson for a touchdown and 104 yards on seven catches.
On defense, the line was stout, never letting the high powered Penn State offence the time needed to get rolling. The day, however, belonged to the defensive backs as Antoine Winfield picked off two passes and, as mentioned above, Howden’s icing of the game with a late pick in the end zone.
For Minnesota head coach, PJ Fleck, the game was the first sellout in his tenure and the eleventh straight victory dating back to last season, earning them the third longest win streak, tied with Baylor, in NCAA football behind Clemson and Ohio State.
The Gophers will travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes and try to keep the streak in tact.