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November 9, 2019

NCAA Football: Penn State at Minnesota
Photo: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

On just the third play of the game, Antoine Winfield Jr., leapt in front of Penn State receiver Justin Shorter, rising above him to snag the ball.

From there on, the Gophers accomplished exactly what they said they had to when facing their toughest opponent of the season: Their playmakers made plays.

From running back Shannon Brooks’ key block on the first touchdown, to Rasho Bateman’s record-breaking performance to a key Chris Williamson’s fourth-quarter pass breakup in the end zone, the Gophers commanded the momentum against one of the nation’s best teams. (READ MORE) by Megan Ryan | Star Tribune

One of the three unbeatens was going to lose in the Big Ten this weekend. It was expected to be Minnesota with No. 5 Penn State coming to town as a touchdown favorite.

But the Golden Gophers pulled another surprise during a surprising season that has the 13th-ranked team in the country at 9-0 with a 31-26 defeat of the Nittany Lions.

It’s just the third time since 1905 the school has had nine wins in a season. And there’s more possible. Victories against against No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 18 Iowa later this month would put Minnesota into the Big Ten championship game and squarely in College Football Playoff contention. (READ MORE) by Erick Smith | USA TODAY

The Nittany Lions opening drive on both sides of the ball foreshadowed how the game would go. Offensively, Penn State was able to move the ball — it totaled over 400 yards of offense. But a skipped pass, a dropped ball, or an untimely turnover killed potential scoring drives.

And unlike in past games, Penn State’s defense was not there to save the day.

On the first defensive series, Penn State safety Garrett Taylor was late to rotate in the backend, and end up giving up a touchdown to Minnesota wideout Rashod Bateman. This, unfortunately, was a reoccurring theme throughout the day, as the Nittany Lions’ secondary took turns being burnt on short, intermediate, and deep pass plays. (READ MORE) by

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