The red-hot Gophers football team fought their way to another victory. Sophomore Antoine Winfield, Jr. got things going with his first of two interceptions in the first quarter, while sophomore receivers Rashod Bateman and Chris Autman-Bell had scoring receptions of 66 and 21 respectively in the same period.
Senior receiver Tyler Johnson had a 38-yard touchdown reception in the next period and junior receiver Seth Green scored on a one-yard run, leading the No. 17-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team to a 31-26 victory over No. 4-ranked Penn State University before an electric sellout crowd at TCF Bank Stadium.
The victory on Nov. 9 has the Gophers at 9-0 for the first since 1904, while the Nittany Lions dropped 8-1.
Penn State sophomore running back Journey Brown rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford passed for 340 yards, one score, and three interceptions.
After the game—sealed by sophomore defensive back Jordan Howden’s interception at the 1:01 mark—the fans stormed the field prompting this response from Bateman. “It is incredible,” Howden said. “I can’t even put it into words,” he continued. “It is just a special moment for the state of Minnesota right now.”
Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan played like a seasoned veteran passing for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn State coach James Franklin is the first African American coach to ever bring a high-ranked team to play the University of Minnesota.
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.