Mighty Minnesota: Gophers row past Penn State, improve to 9-0

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The college football spotlight this weekend has been aimed at Alabama, where LSU's visit will mark the first regular-season meeting of the top two teams in the Associated Press poll since those same teams played eight years ago. Credit P.J. Fleck's team for winning close games, but narrow victories over South Dakota State, Frenso State and Georgia Southern count as stains on the credentials. Golden Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman provided it early with a huge 66-yard touchdown. The fourth period followed the path of the first half as the teams jostled for possession but never found the back of the net and the Nittany Lions avenged their regular season defeat in Ann Arbor with the 2-1 win. Not so much according to the College Football Playoff committee, which slotted unbeaten Minnesota No. 17, behind six two-loss teams.

James Franklin has built a great program at Penn State, but there's a big difference between great and elite.

Minnesota sent a message to the naysayers out there, via Twitter after the game. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. The announced attendance for November home games past year for the Gophers was just 31,068 (Purdue) and 32,134 (Northwestern).

BEST PASS Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan wasn't the story coming into the game. 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. He spit at a Michigan State player in the fourth quarter at Michigan State on October 26, when he was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejected from the game.

Let the record show that these Gophers are now 9-0 after upsetting the Nittany Lions to pick up their first win over a top-five opponent since 1999 (also Penn State).


Minnesota has rich rivalries with border-state foes Iowa and Wisconsin and a trophy game with MI, matchups that have each been staged more than 80 times.

The Gophers have toppled the Lions.

Quick Hit: Are the Golden Gophers for real? Minnesota made Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford uncomfortable from the jump while its offense used a balanced approach to move the ball all over the vaunted PSU defense to the tune of 460 yards.

The Gophers had 321 yards and a 24-13 lead at halftime, already the most points allowed in a game by the Nittany Lions this season, but a fumble near midfield by Shannon Brooks at the end of a run on the first play after a punt sapped some momentum.

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