November 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) scores a touchdown against Minnesota Vikings free safety Xavier Woods (23) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ground attack leads 49ers to win over Vikings

Deebo Samuel rushed for two touchdowns, Elijah Mitchell ran for 133 yards and another score, and the San Francisco 49ers held on for a 34-26 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17 of 26 passes for 230 yards, one touchdown and one interception for San Francisco (6-5). Jauan Jennings contributed a touchdown reception.

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Minnesota (5-6). Adam Thielen caught both of Cousins’ touchdown passes, and Alexander Mattison had a rushing touchdown.

The loss stung worse for the Vikings because of a shoulder injury to star running back Dalvin Cook, who was carted off the field late in the third quarter. Cook clutched the left side of his chest after absorbing a hard hit from 49ers defensive lineman Kevin Givens, and he remained on the field for several minutes before sitting upright on the cart.

San Francisco scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to seize a 28-14 lead. Samuel scored on a 3-yard run with 11:35 remaining, and after a quick interception by Azeez Al-Shaair, Mitchell punched in a 2-yard touchdown run 22 seconds later.

The Vikings pulled within 28-20 on Mattison’s 6-yard touchdown run on the next possession.

The 49ers made it 31-20 on Robbie Gould’s 46-yard field goal with 5:02 left in the third quarter.

Minnesota scored on the following play as Kene Nwangwu sprinted to a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept the score at 31-26.

Gould added a 22-yarder in the final minute of the third quarter to make it 34-26.

The score was tied 14-14 at the half.

Minnesota struck first on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Thielen with 8:31 remaining in the first quarter. But the 49ers pulled even three minutes later when Samuel took a handoff and rushed 20 yards down the right sideline to make it 7-7.

The Vikings regained a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Cousins hit Thielen for another score, this time from 20 yards.

San Francisco answered with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Jennings with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Alexander Smith (11) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell (7) during the second quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota’s defense holds strong to kill No. 14 Wisconsin’s title chances

Tanner Morgan directed a pair of second-half touchdown drives, and Minnesota’s defense held Wisconsin in check for a 23-13 upset on Saturday, denying the visiting Badgers a berth in the Big Ten championship game.

Wisconsin (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten), which had won seven straight games to climb to No. 14 in the College Football Playoff poll, would have won the Big Ten West with a victory. Instead, the Badgers finished in a three-way tie with Minnesota (8-4, 6-3) and Purdue (8-4, 6-3) one game behind No. 16 Iowa (10-2, 7-2), which will face No. 5 Michigan in the conference title game next Saturday.

Morgan capped a 74-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Chris Autman-Bell to put the Gophers up 20-13 with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Morgan kept the drive alive with a 27-yard completion to Dylan Wright on third-and-10 to the Badgers 35.

Wisconsin’s Collin Larsh hit the crossbar with a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 11:44 remaining. Matthew Trickett’s 36-yard field goal, his third of the game, put the Gophers in front 23-13 with 6:08 left.

Morgan completed 11 of 16 passes for 199 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Minnesota held the Badgers to 233 yards of total offense, including 62 on the ground. Wisconsin averaged 267.1 rushing per game during its winning streak. Freshman Braelon Allen, who had seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games, was held to 47 yards on 17 carries. Graham Mertz completed 21 of 38 passes for 171 yards and one interception for the Badgers.

The Badgers’ only touchdown came on Scott Nelson’s 25-yard interception return in the second quarter for a 10-3 lead. Wisconsin had won eight consecutive times at Minnesota in the rivalry battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, last won by the Gophers at home in 2003.

Nelson’s pick six was Wisconsin’s 20th takeaway in eight games. Trickett’s 31-yard field goal cut the lead to 10-6 midway through the second quarter.

Minnesota capitalized on an interception on the opening possession of the second half to go in front 13-10. Justin Walley wrestled the ball away from receiver Kendric Pryor for a first down at the Badgers 28. Morgan hit Brevyn Spann-Ford for 26 yards on the first play and Ky Thomas then skirted right end from 2 yards out.

Wisconsin drove from its own 25 to the Gophers 9 but had to settle for Larsh’s 28-yard field goal to make it 13-13.

The Gophers opened their scoring with a 14-play, 65-yard drive that chewed up 7:31, culminating in Trickett’s 28-yard field goal. Wisconsin safety Collin Wilder was ejected on the first play after being called for targeting.

Wisconsin responded with an 85-yard drive of almost 10 minutes that ended with Larsh’s 25-yard field goal.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA;  Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Resurgent No. 14 Wisconsin tries to lock up Big Ten West vs. Minnesota

As unlikely as it seemed one month into the season, Wisconsin can clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game when the Badgers travel to face archrival Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

Wisconsin (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten), ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff poll, would win the Big Ten West with a victory over the Gophers (7-4, 5-3). The Badgers have won seven straight since opening the season 1-3, including two conference losses, with each defeat to a ranked team.

Wisconsin enters tied with Iowa atop the West, but holds the tiebreaker by virtue of its 27-7 victory over the Hawkeyes. Minnesota could still win the division with a win over Wisconsin, but also would need Nebraska to beat Iowa and Purdue to defeat Indiana.

The bordering state rivals have met 130 times. The Badgers have won the last two meetings, including 20-17 in overtime last season, and 16 of the last 17. The Gophers’ only win in that span was 37-15 at Madison in 2018.

“The game has always meant a lot,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “I know the times I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of it, and I know every one of our guys, you get a chance to play in this game, it’s the longest rivalry in college football and to be a part of that is special. And certainly, we know it’s against a very good football team.”

Wisconsin is coming off a 35-28 home victory over Nebraska in which the Cornhuskers shredded the nation’s top-ranked defense for 452 total yards, including 351 through the air. Nebraska drove to Wisconsin’s 11-yard line in the final minute before being stopped on fourth down.

Freshman Braelon Allen continues to power the resurgent Wisconsin ground game, especially with the loss of then-leading rusher Chez Mellusi to a season-ending leg injury three weeks ago. After just 12 carries through the first four games, the 238-pound Allen has topped 100 yards seven consecutive games, including a season-high 228 yards with three touchdowns against Nebraska.

Wisconsin leads the nation in rushing defense (64.3 yards per game), is second in total defense (237.7 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (15.8 ppg). The Badgers have 19 takeaways during their seven-game win streak.

When asked what jumps out at him about the Badgers defense under coordinator Jim Leonhard, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said, “Everything. All of it.”

“They are maybe one of the best defenses we played against in our time here of any opponent,” Fleck said.

After consecutive losses to Illinois and Iowa, Minnesota bounced back last week with a 35-14 win at Indiana.

Quarterback Tanner Morgan completed 14 of 20 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including 5-for-5 on third down with for four first downs and a touchdown. Morgan has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,736 yards and nine touchdowns, with seven interceptions.

“They’ve got an identity and they’re good at what they do,” Chryst said. “We’ve played against their quarterback a number of times and he’s a really good football player. … They’re physical, they play hard, they’ve got guys than can make plays, skill players that can make plays.”

After injuries to preseason All-American Mohamed Ibrahim in the opener, and then Trey Potts midway into the season, redshirt freshman Ky Thomas has become the top ball carrier with 625 yards, topping 100 yards in four of the last five games. Freshman Mar’Keise Irving has rushed for 531 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) carries the ball past Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos (31) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Last-second FG lifts Vikings over Packers, 34-31

Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 35 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-31 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson had eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (5-5). Adam Thielen added eight catches for 82 yards and one touchdown, and Dalvin Cook had 22 carries for 86 yards and a score.

Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns for Green Bay (8-3). Davante Adams had seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had four catches for 123 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings trailed by one point when Cousins connected with Jefferson for a go-ahead touchdown with 2:17 remaining. Under pressure in the pocket, Cousins lofted a pass down the right sideline for Jefferson, who reeled it in for a 23-yard score.

The Minnesota added a two-point conversion on a run by Cook, making up for Joseph’s missed extra-point kick earlier in the game, giving the Vikings a 31-24 lead.

Green Bay wasted no time pulling even at 31-31. On the first play of the next possession, Rodgers heaved a deep ball to Valdes-Scantling, who caught it in stride and sprinted 40-plus yards for the 75-yard tying touchdown.

Joseph ended the Vikings’ final possession with a winner from short range. Minnesota got inside the red zone and had Cousins take a knee on back-to-back plays to run down the clock for the field-goal attempt.

After Minnesota had taken a 16-3 lead early in the second quarter, Packers tight end Josiah Deguara caught his first career touchdown pass. Rodgers rolled right and fired a 25-yard strike to Deguara, who was the Packers’ third-round pick (No. 94 overall) out of Cincinnati in 2020.

The Vikings led 16-10 at the half, but Jefferson increased the Vikings’ lead to 23-10 with a 9-yard touchdown catch with 8:26 left in the third quarter.

The Packers pulled back within 23-17 later in the quarter. On a broken play, Adams changed directions in the back of the end zone, and Rodgers hit him for a 10-yard touchdown.

Rodgers and Adams connected again, this time from 18 yards, to give Green Bay a 24-23 lead with 7:49 remaining.

Green Bay left tackle Elgton Jenkins went down in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. He hobbled to the sideline and eventually was carted to the locker room.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA;  Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford (88) is tackled by Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Cam Jones (4) during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Balanced effort on offense leads Minnesota past Indiana

Tanner Morgan passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Ky Thomas added 105 yards rushing and two TDs, leading Minnesota to a 35-14 win Saturday over Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

The Golden Gophers (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) kept their Big Ten West Division title hopes alive with a balanced offensive effort, passing for 196 yards and rushing for 195.

The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-8) dropped their seventh straight game. Donaven McCulley rushed for 72 yards and one TD but struggled throwing the football, completing just 3 of 7 passes for 17 yards, with two interceptions, before being replaced by Grant Gremel in the fourth quarter.

Gremel, a sophomore, threw a 29-yard TD pass to receiver Malachi Holt-Bennett in the closing seconds of the game for his first career TD pass.

After coming up with a fourth-down stop on the Hoosiers’ 8-yard line to thwart a Minnesota scoring drive, Indiana answered with a 14-play, 92-yard TD drive, capped by an 11-yard TD run by McCulley with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.

Of Indiana’s 14 plays on the drive, 13 were on the ground. McCulley rushed for 53 yards on seven carries, fooling Minnesota’s defense on a series of quarterback draws.

Minnesota tied the score in the second quarter on a 12-play, 68-yard TD drive, capped by a 2-yard TD run by Thomas that knotted the score at 7 with 6:04 left in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter, Morgan found Brevyn Spann-Ford on a 48-yard pass down to Indiana’s 4-yard line, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Thomas to put Minnesota up 14-7 with 46 seconds left.

Indiana then had a costly turnover on its next series, as McCulley threw an interception that Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin returned 18 yards to the Indiana 31-yard line.

Minnesota then put together a quick three-play, 31-yard TD drive, with Morgan connecting with Chris Autman-Bell on a 14-yard TD pass with nine seconds left in the half to put Minnesota up 21-7 at the break.

In the third quarter, Morgan connected with Autman-Bell again on a 9-yard TD pass to extend Minnesota’s lead to 28-7. Mar’Keise Irving put Minnesota up 35-7 in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard TD run.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Dakota Dozier (78) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dakota Dozier released from hospital after COVID-19 bout

Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Dakota Dozier, who was hospitalized due to a bout with COVID-19 last week, has been released from the hospital, NFL Network reported.

Dozier, 30, was admitted with breathing issues Tuesday despite being fully vaccinated, per multiple reports.

Dozier went on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 5.

“He’s stable now, but it was scary,” head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday.

In all, 29 members of the organization had to be placed in COVID-19 protocol as close contacts as a result of their exposure to Dozier.

The 30-year-old Dozier is in his seventh NFL season and third with the Vikings. He has appeared in three games (no starts) this season but started all 16 and played 100 percent of the snaps in 2020 for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers Derik LeCaptain (35) runs for a touchdown in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcatsat Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Streaking Minnesota battles RB injuries ahead of Illinois tilt

A steady stream of injuries to the program’s running back corps has prompted Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck to diversify his lineup, inserting players from other position groups into the offensive backfield.

While he wouldn’t name names, Fleck said to expect more of the same shuffling as the Golden Gophers aim to remain atop the Big Ten West when they host conference rival Illinois on Saturday. He also lauded the resiliency of Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten), which enters on a four-game winning streak.

“I’m proud of our guys for developing on Sundays,” Fleck said. “It’s a lot of work that we do with them to get them ready for that because they’re all playing different positions, as well.”

Fleck confirmed Monday that Bryce Williams suffered a season-ending injury to his lower left leg during the team’s 41-14 road rout of Northwestern on Oct. 30. That follows previous injuries to Mohamed Ibrahim (lower left leg) and Trey Potts, who was hospitalized for nearly a week with an undisclosed injury.

Freshmen Mar’Keise Irving and Ky Thomas are Minnesota’s lone healthy scholarship running backs, and both surpassed 100 yards at Northwestern. Still, the Golden Gophers have been forced to be creative in order to foster depth. The latest display: Linebacker Derik LeCaptain gained 31 yards on three carries at Northwestern, including a 24-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Illinois (3-6, 2-4) hopes to limit a Golden Gophers attack that averages 222.3 rushing yards a game, second in the conference.

The Fighting Illini are coming off a frustrating, 20-14 home loss to Rutgers on the heels of a 20-18 win at then-No. 7 Penn State in nine overtimes the previous week. Illinois sputtered down the stretch after building a 14-10 halftime lead.

Quarterback Brandon Peters went 14-for-19 passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns, but Illinois mustered just 107 yards on the ground.

“Huge emphasis the last several weeks on trying to score early,” coach Bret Bielema said. “I think it’s an obstacle that we’ve been trying to work ourselves through; we just haven’t been able to overcome it.”

Illinois, which has limited opponents to 24 points or fewer in six straight games, has not won at Minnesota since 2009.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson (1) scores a touchdown in the third quarter as Minnesota Vikings free safety Xavier Woods (23) and safety Harrison Smith (22) defend at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Rush wins first career start for Cowboys at Vikings

Cooper Rush capped his first career start with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 51 seconds left, as the Dallas Cowboys recorded a 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at Minneapolis.

Rush started in place of an injured Dak Prescott and completed 24 of 40 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The 27-year-old had thrown three career passes, all in 2017, entering the contest before leading Dallas (6-1) to its sixth straight victory.

Prescott tested his strained right calf prior to the game before it was determined he wasn’t physically fit to play.

Greg Joseph kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2:51 remaining to give the Vikings a 16-13 lead. The drive was aided by three key Dallas penalties — Tarell Basham was flagged for roughing the passer and Randy Gregory was called for two personal fouls.

Rush then drove the Cowboys 75 yards on eight plays on the decisive drive. A key play was a 15-yard completion to Ezekiel Elliot on third-and-11 from the Minnesota 20-yard line with the touchdown throw to Cooper coming on the next play.

Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 35 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown for Minnesota (3-4). Adam Thielen caught six passes for 78 yards and one score.

Xavier Woods forced two turnovers for the Vikings. He intercepted Rush in the second quarter and delivered a strip-sack in the fourth quarter in which teammate Anthony Barr recovered the fumble.

Cooper had eight receptions for 122 yards and CeeDee Lamb added six catches for 112 yards for Dallas. Cedrick Wilson caught three passes for 84 yards and one touchdown and also had a key 35-yard completion for the Cowboys, who outgained the Vikings 419 to 278.

Rush threw his first career touchdown pass on the third play of the second half. He hit Wilson in stride at midfield, and the receiver did the rest to complete the 73-yard scoring play and knot the score at 10.

Joseph’s 40-yard field goal gave the Vikings a 13-10 lead with 6:31 left in the quarter, before Greg Zuerlein kicked a 39-yard field goal with four seconds left to tie it. The Dallas field goal was set up by Wilson’s 35-yard flanker pass to Lamb.

The Vikings struck first when Cousins tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Thielen with 11:49 left in the first quarter.

Dallas got on the board on Zuerlein’s 38-yard field goal with 6:09 left in the half before Joseph booted a 45-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 1:44 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Mike Brown-Stephens (22) runs with the football in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Mar’Keise Irving helps Minnesota run by Northwestern

Mar’Keise Irving rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Minnesota to a 41-14 win over Northwestern in a Big Ten contest on Saturday at Evanston, Ill.

With the win, Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) won its fourth straight and took over sole possession of first place in the West division.

Ky Thomas rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries and Tanner Morgan went 12-of-17 passing for 134 yards and one interception for Minnesota.

Andrew Marty went 10-of-16 passing for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and Evan Hull rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries in defeat for Northwestern (3-5, 1-4), which lost its second straight.

Minnesota got off to a strong start, taking a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

Following a 26-yard field goal by Matt Trickett with 7:55 left in the first, the Golden Gophers took a 10-0 lead 11 seconds later on a 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Justin Walley.

Trickett then connected on a 30-yard field goal with 52 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 13-0 Minnesota.

Northwestern made it a 13-7 game with 11:51 left in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Marty to Evan Hull.

But Minnesota regained a 13-point lead at 20-7 with 4:47 remaining in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Irving.

After a scoreless third quarter, Minnesota took a 27-7 lead with 14:54 remaining in the game on an 18-yard touchdown run by Morgan.

The Golden Gophers then took a 34-7 lead with 9:33 left on a 41-yard touchdown run by Irving.

Northwestern closed to within 34-14 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Marty to Berkeley Holman with 6:37 remaining.

Minnesota went ahead 41-14 with 1:56 left on a 24-yard touchdown by Derik LeCaptain.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive linemen Esezi Otomewo (9) celebrates a stop against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on fourth down during the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota bulldozes Maryland, 34-16

Minnesota racked up 326 rushing yards and four different players scored touchdowns on the ground in a breezy 34-16 victory over Maryland on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Redshirt freshman Ky Thomas led the Golden Gophers’ attack with 139 yards on 21 carries. True freshman Mar’Keise Irving ran for 105 yards on 15 attempts and Bryce Williams added 48 yards on 13 touches.

The one-sided battle marked the third straight win for Minnesota (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and the third straight loss for Maryland (4-3, 1-3).

The Golden Gophers gained 26 first downs and didn’t punt till 5:09 left in the game. They had 175 rushing yards in the first half alone, with Thomas surpassing the century mark by halftime. Quarterback Tanner Morgan wasn’t asked to do much; he finished 8-for-12 for 125 passing yards.

Taulia Tagovailoa went 17-for-27 for 189 passing yards and a touchdown in the Maryland offense’s feeblest showing of the season.

After the teams traded field goals in the first quarter, the Golden Gophers broke through in the second. Minnesota backup quarterback Cole Kramer entered at the end of an 86-yard drive to run in a 2-yard score.

Sticking to what was working, six of the seven plays on Minnesota’s next drive were runs. Thomas was the ultimate benefactor, scoring from 10 yards out to make it 17-3.

Tagovailoa’s 43-yard completion to Marcus Fleming helped the Terrapins get going on the ensuing drive. It resulted in Tayon Fleet-Davis sidestepping his way through the red zone for a 13-yard touchdown to cut into the deficit.

Minnesota settled for a field goal attempt at the end of the half rather than trying one shot toward the end zone. Maryland’s Tarheeb Still blocked the kick to keep the score 17-10 at halftime.

Still, the Terrapins’ defense kept allowing big gains on the ground. Williams and Irving scored Minnesota’s next two touchdowns with ease. Irving stiff-armed two defenders to the ground on an outside sweep for his 9-yard touchdown.

Minnesota chewed clock and tacked on a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Terrapins closed the scoring when Fleming snagged a one-handed catch in the end zone for an 18-yard TD in the final minutes and a 2-point conversion failed.

The Gophers posted their best rushing performance of the season despite having lost their top two running backs, Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts, to season-ending injuries.

–Field Level Media