(17) Minnesota upsets (4) Penn State, 31-26

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers upset No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers won 31-26 over the Nittany Lions.

This was the biggest game in the tenure of P.J. Fleck, who recently signed a contract extension with the school. The Golden Gophers are 9-0 for the first-time since 1904.

Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson makes a catch against the Penn State Nittany Lions
Tyler Johnson makes a catch against the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by the Minnesota Golden Gophers Athletic Department)

With the loss, the Nittany Lions fell to 8-1 on the season. Penn State is now just 3-11 under James Franklin as head coach when the team is trailing at halftime.

Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan went 18 of 20 for 339 yards. He also threw three touchdown passes.

Rodney Smith had 18 carries for 51 yards.

Rashod Bateman has seven receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown. The 203 receiving yards is the second most in school history.

Ryan Thelwell previously had 228 receiving yards in a game.

Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford went 23 of 43 for 340 yards. He also threw one touchdown pass and three interception.

His final interception ended any hopes of Penn State winning the game. Clifford threw the last interception at 1:17 left in the contest.

Journey Brown had 14 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. KJ Hamler also had seven interceptions for 119 yards.

Penn State scored 13 points in the second half. Brown scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown.

Clifford hit Bowers for a 10-yard touchdown reception.

Minnesota scored 7 points in the second half. Green scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

The Golden Gophers led 24-13 at halftime. Morgan hit Bateman for a 66-yard touchdown reception. Morgan also hit Autman-Bell for a 21-yard touchdown reception.

Morgan hit Johnson for a 38-yard touchdown reception. Brock Walker also made a 26-yard field goal.

Brown scored on a 45-yard rushing touchdown. Jake Pinegar also made two field goals, including a 33-yard field goal and a 21-yard field goal.

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