Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
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Gophers stun No. 4 Penn State 31-26

Gophers stun No. 4 Penn State 31-26

College football Twitter was all about Minnesota's strong first-half performance.

PJ Fleck's squad responded with a long drive of its own - thanks to several big receptions from Bateman - and opened the fourth quarter with a two-yard touchdown rush for Seth Green.

Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan threw 10-for-12 for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while the team had three different players on the receiving end of each first-half touchdown: Rashod Bateman, Tyler Johnson and Chris Autman-Bell. The Nittany Lions are 8-0 for the first time since 2008.

Defensively, the Gophers allowed Penn State 518 yards but made impact plays.

Penn Point out enters as approximately a touchdown most loved. Daniel George was called for offensive pass interference during an over-the-middle catch by Brown that reached the 2. Clifford, who came into the game leading the Big Ten in total offense, had only three interceptions over the first eight games. Both were inside the 10-yard line. But the Gophers blew past that, accumulating 121 yards while also peppering the Nittany Lions with their pass game. The Gophers have touchdowns on all 19 of their goal-to-go possessions this season.

In the lead-up to Saturday's game with fellow unbeaten Penn State, all of the talk centered on the poor competition Minnesota had faced to this point in the season.

MI outshot Penn State 9-4 in the game, but Barraco anchored a stingy Nittany Lion defense with eight saves. The Gophers maintained their two-game lead on the Big Ten West with three games to play.

Penn State could fall behind Minnesota, which will certainly climb into the top 10 when the next rankings come out on Sunday.

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