Mighty Minnesota: Gophers row past Penn State, improve to 9-0

Another big carry from Brown helped Penn State drive in to Gopher's territory on the ensuing possession, but the Nittany Lions couldn't punch it into the end zone.

The second half started quickly for the Nittany Lions as freshman midfielder Paityn Wirth hammered home a rebound to open the scoring just two minutes into the third period to give Penn State a 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions have a 21-1 record against the Hoosiers, with the only loss on the road 2013.

Penn Point out is using on Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, and at the very least for a number of performs, they've been with no their most effective defensive participant.

Penn State came into the game with the second-best rush defense in the FBS, allowing fewer than 70 yards per game.

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Check back for updates. Pry's unit came up with the first big play of the third quarter though, as Keaton Ellis and Lamont Wade forced a fumble that Shaka Toney recovered. Despite the score, Clifford was injured after he handed the ball off to Brown.

The Nittany Lions showed life on their next drive.

Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to direct a dismantling of Penn State's staunch defense, as Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) not only remained undefeated but stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten championship game. The sack forced a Penn State punt and was one of two on the day for the Gophers.

And then the Golden Gophers put up 24 (TWENTY-FOUR) points in the first half - more than any other opponent had scored against Penn State in four quarters this season. Coming off a quick possession to open the second half, the Gophers moved the ball enough to give Herbers a flawless opportunity to pin the Nittany Lions deep, which he did with a 36-yard attempt down to Penn State's 9-yard line. So, when faced with a fourth-and-goal at the 5, Penn State had little choice but to go for the touchdown instead of taking the field goal to make it a one-possession game with 10:38 left to play.

  • Lawrence Cooper