The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers entered the game, marking the two-thirds point of the season, undefeated at 7-0 and flying high despite doubters who brought up the relatively easy strength of schedule. Their opponent on Oct. 26. was the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland received the game’s opening kickoff and, on the second play of the game, Terrapin quarterback, Tyrrell Pigrome’s pass to Dontay Demus Jr. was tipped and intercepted by Gophers’ safety, Antoine Winfield Jr. Minnesota quarterback, Tanner Morgan, finished the drive Winfield Jr. started with a beautiful touchdown pass to Rashod Bateman less than two minutes into the game.
Rodney Smith had another great game, his fifth straight game with over 100 yards rushing. In addition to scoriing his seventh touchdown of the season, Smith passed Darrell Thompson’s record for most all purpose yards from the line of scrimmage with 5,117.
Tyler Johnson caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was his seventh of the year, he leads the team in that statistic.
Rashod Bateman snagged three passes, accumulating 39 yards and a touchdown, his sixth of the season. Bateman has caught a ball in 21 consecutive games and leads the Gophers with 644 receiving yards and is second on the team for catches (31) and touchdowns (6).
Utility player, Seth Green, rushed for a pair of touchdowns on six rushing attempts, picking up 34 yards. The touchdowns were his third and fourth of the year and bring is career total to 12.
Coney Durr intercepted his first pass of the game, returning it for a touchdown. It was his third career interception.
From the opening drive to the final touchdown, thrown by Gophers quarterback, Jacob Clark, the Gophers dominated in all facets of the game, looking as good as they have looked this season.
The Gophers will look forward to a bye this weekend before their toughest game of the year on Nov. 9 against undefeated Big Ten opponent, Penn State. The 8-0 Gophers remain undefeated and are now ranked 13th in the country while Penn State is ranked 5. It looks to be a sellout on Nov. 9 with kickoff scheduled for 11 AM. You can find tickets at gophersports.com.