NCAAF Game Recap - Minnesota at Rutgers
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(20) Minnesota (7-0)

7

7

7

21

42

Rutgers (1-6)

0

0

0

7

7

Smith runs for 2 TDs, No. 20 Minnesota routs Rutgers 42-7
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:27 PM

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) No. 20 Minnesota won its first game as a ranked team in five years and suddenly it has the lead in the West Division and a clear path to the Big Ten title game .

It all fell into place Saturday as Rodney Smith ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and the Gophers improved to 7-0 for the first time since winning the national title in 1960 with a 42-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Coupled with Illinois' stunning last-second victory over No. 6 Wisconsin, Minnesota (7-0, 4-0) has a one-game over the Badgers (6-1, 3-1) in the division and control over its destiny.

The path is not going to be easy. After facing Maryland (3-4) next weekend, the Gophers get a bye and then face No. 7 Penn State, No. 23 Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin in the regular-season finale.

"They've been very mature during this whole process," Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. "It's my job to keep them grounded and focused. Today we're 1-0 in the Rutgers football championship. That's all that matters."

Minnesota struggled against Rutgers in the first half before scoring four touchdowns in the second, including one by the defense.

Smith scored on runs of 3 and 16 yards and Tanner Morgan threw two touchdowns as the Gophers won their ninth straight game spanning two seasons. Rutgers (1-6, 0-5) lost its fifth consecutive loss overall and 17th straight in the Big Ten Conference.

The nine-game winning streak is the Gophers' longest since 1941-42.

Morgan gave much of the credit for the offense's success to his skill players, the runners who can go inside or outside and his receivers, who can beat double coverages.

"Coach (Fleck) has done a great job of preparing us and not allowing us to look ahead," said Morgan, who was 15 of 28 for 245 yards.

The Gophers blew the game open in the fourth quarter, when Mohamed Ibrahim had a 6-yard TD run and defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. scored on a 33-yard interception return on consecutive plays on offense. Morgan threw his second TD, a 56-yard pass to Tyler Johnson that could have been viewed as rubbing it in against a beaten foe.

Rutgers interim coach Nunzio Campanile had no problem with the late TD, saying it was up to his team to prevent it.

There was a tender moment after the Ibrahim touchdown. Redshirt sophomore Casey O'Brien, a four-time cancer survivor, was sent out to hold the ball for the extra point by kicker Michael Lantz. He was mobbed by teammates after the kick.

Rutgers avoided its fourth shutout in a Big Ten game this season when Kay'Ron Adams scored on a 5-yard run with 5:33 to play.

"We have a lot of a long way to go, but like I keep saying, I just want this team to be, those players to be better players by the time we get to the end of the year," Campanile said.

The Scarlet Knights' score prevented Minnesota from picking up its first shutout since 2006 and first in a league game since 2004.

The Scarlet Knights came into the game as 29 1/2-point underdogs and made the Gophers sweat a little. Smith didn't get Minnesota on the scoreboard until late in the first quarter with his short run and Morgan had a 13-yard TD pass to Rashod Bateman with less than five minutes left in the half. Smith scored from 16 yards out on the opening series of the second half for a 21-0 lead.

Rutgers, which is using its third quarterback in a season marked by the firing of Chris Ash after the fourth game, was outgained 443-197. Johnny Langan was 9 of 19 for 48 yards and three interceptions, two by Winfield.

"It is frustrating at times, but Coach (Campanile) really does a good job of keeping us looking forward to games ahead because it's another opportunity for us to possible get a win," said Rutgers linebacker Deion Jennings, who had eight tackles, including three for losses, in his first start.

THE TAKEAWAY

Minnesota: The Gophers stay undefeated, face inconsistent Maryland at home next week and then get a week off before Penn State.

Rutgers: Rutgers put up a good effort on defense until late. The positive is that next week is a winnable game.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts Maryland next Saturday.

Rutgers: Hosts Liberty next Saturday.

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Passing

Minn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Morgan 28 15 53.6 2 245 56 0 107.0
Rut Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Langan 19 9 47.4 0 48 12 3 14.5

Rushing

Minn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Smith 19 111 5.8 20 2
M. Ibrahim 15 62 4.1 12 1
Rut Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Pacheco 15 50 3.3 11 0
E. Barnwell 1 40 40.0 40 0

Receiving

Minn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Johnson 6 130 21.7 56 1
R. Bateman 4 72 18.0 27 1
Rut Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Lewis 3 18 6.0 10 0
I. Washington 2 17 8.5 10 0

Fumbles

Rut F FL
J. Langan 2 0

Returning

Minn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Douglas 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
Rut KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Young 3 24.3 0 37 0 - 0 0

Punting

Minn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Herbers 3 111 37.0 44
Rut Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Korsak 5 187 37.4 46

Takeaways

Minn Int Yds InTD
A. Winfield Jr. 2 33 1
P. Howard 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Minn Rut
Points For 42 7
Total Yards 443 189
Rushing Yards 198 141
Passing Yards 245 48
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/28 9/19
Turnovers 0 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/0
First Downs 25 16
Penalties - Yards 3/40 5/55
Time Of Possession 33:33 27:27
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/14 8/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/3 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 3/37 5/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Minn Rut
Minn 13:29 TD Rodney Smith 3 yd run (Michael Lantz kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Minn Rut
Minn 10:20 TD Rashod Bateman 13 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 14 0
3rd Quarter Minn Rut
Minn 5:37 TD Rodney Smith 16 yd run (Michael Lantz kick) 21 0
4th Quarter Minn Rut
Minn 3:35 TD Mohamed Ibrahim 6 yd run (Michael Lantz kick) 28 0
Minn 3:45 TD Antoine Winfield Jr. 33 yd interception return (Michael Lantz kick) 35 0
Minn 5:57 TD Tyler Johnson 56 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 42 0
Rut 9:07 TD Kay'Ron Adams 5 yd run (Justin Davidovicz kick) 42 7

Game Information

Stadium: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Attendance: 26,429
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