Groshek powers Badgers past Gophers in OT
Collin Larsh kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime Saturday as Wisconsin won for the first time since Nov. 14, squeaking by Minnesota, 20-17, in Madison, Wis.
The Golden Gophers (3-4) had a chance to take the lead in overtime, but a first down sack forced them to try a field goal. Anders Gelecinskyj missed from 36 yards, and the Badgers (3-3) were able to get close enough for Larsh to win it.
Garrett Groshek led Wisconsin’s offense with 154 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries. Quarterback Graham Mertz completed 12 of 20 passes for 132 yards before leaving the game late in the third quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of a 6-yard run. Backup Chase Wolf came in and fired a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jack Dunn.
Minnesota forced overtime when Tanner Morgan hit Mike Brown-Stephens with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left in regulation. It was the first career touchdown for Brown-Stephens.
Morgan finished the day 13 of 25 for 160 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Big Ten Conference running back of the year Mohamed Ibrahim rushed 26 times for 151 yards, allowing him to finish the Gophers’ seven-game season with 1,076 yards.
Minnesota initiated scoring with 2:04 left in the first quarter when Morgan found Cam Wiley for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Ibrahim set it up with a 27-yard run, three plays after the Gophers’ defense got a three-and-out and forced a punt from the Wisconsin 4.
But the Badgers found traction on offense on their next possession. Mertz moved the chains with a couple of passes, setting the stage for Groshek to burst 39 yards up the middle for the tying score just 43 seconds into the second quarter.
Minnesota missed on a golden chance to go ahead on its next possession, with Morgan tossing an interception to Eric Burrell in the end zone. Neither team got close to scoring over the half’s remainder, and they went to intermission tied at 7.
–Field Level Media