Recap: Michigan vs. Minnesota
Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Leidner passed for 167 yards with a touchdown, and David Cobb rushed for a game-high 183 yards as the Minnesota Golden Gophers trampled the Michigan Wolverines, 30-14, in a Big Ten Conference clash at Michigan Stadium Saturday.
Leidner completed 14-of-22 pass attempts and rushed for another score, while Cobb carried the ball 32 times for Minnesota (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten). As a unit, the Gophers racked up 206 yards on the ground in the win. Maxx Williams led all Minnesota pass catchers with 51 yards, adding a touchdown.
Shane Morris and Devin Gardner combined to throw for 88 yards with an interception for Michigan (2-3, 0-1). Gardner and De'Veon Smith each scored a rushing touchdown in the loss, while Devin Funchess caught a team-best four passes.
Neither team got on the board in the first quarter, and it was Michigan that struck first in the second on a De'Veon Smith 10-yard run with 11:10 to play in the half. The scoring run capped a four-play, 47-yard drive.
The Golden Gophers knotted the score at 7-7 when Leidner kept the ball and ran in from 10 yards out, capping a seven-play drive with eight minutes to play in the half.
Ryan Santoso hit a 24-yard field goal for Minnesota as time expired in the first half, giving the visiting Gophers the 10-7 advantage at the half.
Santoso started the scoring in the second half with a 48-yard field goal, which gave the Gophers a 13-7 lead with 6:56 to play in the third.
Just a few seconds later, Morris was intercepted by De'Vondre Campbell, who returned the pick 30 yards for a Minnesota touchdown.
With 2:52 to play in the third quarter, Leidner extended his team's lead yet again with a one-yard touchdown pass connection to Williams for a 27-7 advantage.
Santoso booted his third field goal of the night to give his Golden Gophers the 30-7 edge with 12:50 to play in the fourth quarter. His third kick was from 25 yards out.
For the first time since the first score of the game, Michigan found the end zone. Gardner took the ball and rushed in from three yards out with 7:27 left to play to cut Minnesota's lead to 30-14.
Minnesota had the decisive edge offensively, registering 20 first downs to Michigan's 12, and outgaining the Wolverines in terms of total offensive yards, 373-171. The Gophers were able to control the tempo of the game, keeping possession of the ball for 34:40 compared to 25:20 for Michigan.Game Notes