No. 17 Minnesota proves the doubters wrong, upsets No. 4 Penn State

Sep 9 2017 Corvallis OR USA Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck encourages his players during the first half in a game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT USATSI-359

College football Twitter was all about Minnesota's strong first-half performance. The two combined for 14 catches for 307 yards and two scores. 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. Morgan completed 18 of his 20 attempts for 339 yards and three scores. K.J. Hamler muffed the punt when a teammate backed into him, and though the Nittany Lions recovered, they were pushed back to their 28-yard line.

Penn State did its best to keep up in the early going. Daniel George was called for offensive pass interference during an over-the-middle catch by Brown that reached the 2.

Winfield now has seven on the season, which ties the school record and also the current FBS lead.

Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head mentor James Franklin, Marcus Allen #two and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn Condition Nittany Lions stroll out to subject arm in arm ahead of the begin of the second fifty percent of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl towards the Washington Huskies at College of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith vs. Penn State's front seven. The Gophers have touchdowns on all 19 of their goal-to-go possessions this season. Minnesota orchestrated a 4:21 drive off of the turnover on downs, and Penn State was left just over six minutes to make up a 12-point deficit.

This was the most points Penn State had allowed all season, a feat the Gophers accomplished in the first half.

This is the most-anticipated game at Minnesota since October 10, 2003, when the 17th-ranked Gophers lost 38-35 at the Metrodome to 20th-ranked MI. They will maintain a two-game lead in the Big Ten West over the victor of this afternoon's Iowa-Wisconsin game with three games to play. Fleck's group deserves more respect and a top 10 ranking.

Series record: Penn State leads 9-5.

Minnesota: Plays at Iowa next Saturday.

It is arguably the major college or university soccer game for the Gophers in nearly 60 a long time.



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