Quarterback Tanner Morgan produced an impeccable performance, completing 18 of 20 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Ricky Rahne's offense simply couldn't keep up with the Gophers, as the unit struggled to convert on several scoring opportunities.
PLAY OF THE GAME Facing a third-and-10 in the fringe red zone, Sean Clifford's floater to K.J. The Nittany Lions lost to the Terrapins 3-1 in their Big Ten regular season opener in late September and are looking to avenge yet another loss in the postseason. Golden Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman provided it early with a huge 66-yard touchdown.
Penn State had an opportunity to stop the game-opening touchdown, but the safety took a bad angle on the tackle and whiffed on Bateman.
Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. Both were inside the 10-yard line.
Brent Pry's defense finally got a stop to open the second quarter. (11) intercepts the ball intended for Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter (6) during a game Saturday in Minneapolis.
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It's 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
Parsons, the leading tackler on the team and one of the best recruits on Penn State's roster, apparently did not start the game because of a "behavioral" issue.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME For the sake of fairness, Minnesota's passing game, in totality, deserves the nod here. A few plays later, Clifford tossed his third interception of the game - this time in the end zone - to seal the upset victory for the Gophers. The ball floated harmlessly toward the middle of the field, but the Nittany Lions were unable to come up with the interception. Brown scored his second touchdown of the day on a six-yard rush to cap off a 64-yard drive. Working off a ideal seal block from Rasheed Walker, Brown did the rest of the work in the open field to complete the score. Penn State won the most recent meeting in 2016, a 29-26 decision in overtime at home. Pry's defense forced a three-and-out on the Gophers' next possession, and the Nittany Lion offense was given the ball with zero timeouts and 2:40 remaining. Two plays later, however, came the drive killer for Penn State.