NCAAF Game Recap - Minnesota at Northwestern
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(11) Minnesota (10-1)

14

7

7

10

38

Northwestern (2-9)

0

9

7

6

22

Morgan’s 4 TD passes lead No. 11 Gophers past Wildcats 38-22
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:26 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Minnesota was eager to get back on the field - and it showed.

Tanner Morgan led No. 11 Minnesota to scores on its first three possessions and finished with four touchdown passes, and the Gophers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 38-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

The Gophers (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) clinched a share of the West Division title along with their first 10-win season since 2003 and sixth in the program's 138-year history. They'll play No. 14 Wisconsin at home next Saturday with a spot in the conference championship game at stake.

Following the loss to the Hawkeyes, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said his team "wanted to get that taste out of their mouth so bad."

The Gophers wasted no time.

"The word of the week was `respond,' " Fleck said. "We needed to, and they responded. That was a clear message from the beginning, that we had to start fast.

"That's what championship football looks like - come out of the gate and put 21 points on the board like that."

Morgan, the Big Ten's leading passer, was sharp following a week in the concussion protocol after absorbing back-to-back sacks by the Hawkeyes. The redshirt sophomore, listed as questionable until Saturday morning, has thrown 26 touchdown passes this season to set a school record.

"We knew we had to come out fast, come out firing," Morgan said. "We always talk about starting fast, accelerating in the middle and finishing strong."

Fleck said Morgan was almost his old self, despite an abbreviated week of practice.

"Got to give him credit with the limited amount of reps he had to be able to play like he did," Fleck said. "There were some things he was just a little off on today."

Morgan threw three TD passes to Rashod Bateman and one to Tyler Johnson against Northwestern (2-9, 0-8). Bateman finished with 78 receiving yards and Johnson had 125, giving Minnesota its first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in season.

Rodney Smith finished with 77 rushing yards to give him 1,063 for the season.

Morgan zipped a 19-yard TD pass to Bateman in the corner of the end zone to end a 10-play, 56-yard drive on Minnesota's first possession.

After Shannon Brooks ran in from 9 yards, Morgan hit Bateman for a 10-yard TD and 21-0 lead. Bateman's other TD catch was a 7-yarder in the third quarter.

With quarterback Aidan Smith sidelined (hand), Northwestern turned to Hunter Johnson, who hadn't started since the season opener. Andrew Marty entered early in the second quarter after Johnson went 0 for 2 and was sacked three times.

Marty threw a TD pass to Jace James and ran for two scores.

"(Johnson) was the most healthy quarterback we had to start the game who had experience," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "When Hunter went down, it was Andrew's opportunity.

"He was pretty efficient, I'm just happy for him."

Joe Gaziano sacked Morgan for a safety early in the second quarter to get Northwestern on the board. Gaziano added another sack to give him 29 for his career, a school record.

TAKEAWAY

Minnesota: Morgan seems primed to lead Minnesota into the postseason. His third touchdown pass in the game eclipsed Adam Weber's season mark of 24 set in 2007. The Gophers have their first 10-plus win season since 2003. Minnesota's previous four seasons with 10 wins or more were in 1900, 1903, 1904 and 1905. This is Minnesota's first 10-win year in regular-season play since 1905.

Northwestern: Since the Big Ten started playing a championship game in 2011, no team until 2019 Northwestern finished last in its division after playing in the title game the previous year. The Wildcats are in danger of going winless in conference play for the first time since the 1998 team went 0-8 in Gary Barnett's final season.

LUCKY 7?

Minnesota has seven wins in Big Ten play for the first time. The Gophers will go for their eighth when they host Wisconsin next week for Paul Bunyan's Axe and a spot in the conference title game.

"It's really awesome to have this opportunity," Morgan said. "We're just going to do everything we can to go 1-0 this week."

TWINKLE TOES

Two of Bateman's TD catches were nifty grabs when he barely remained in the corner of the endzone.

"First the guy is able to get open and create space," Morgan said. "But a little toe-tap, it looked like a ballerina or something."

Bateman didn't mind his QB comparing him to a dancer.

"I really didn't know where I was on the field," Bateman said. "I was just toe-tapping and hoping I was in the end zone."

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts Wisconsin to end the regular season.

Northwestern: Visits Illinois.

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Passing

Minn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Morgan 23 15 65.2 4 211 26 1 116.1
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Johnson 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
A. Marty 10 8 80.0 1 95 40 0 139.6

Rushing

Minn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Smith 15 77 5.1 13 0
M. Ibrahim 13 76 5.8 20 0
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Marty 16 52 3.3 11 2
E. Hull 14 51 3.6 11 0

Receiving

Minn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Johnson 7 125 17.9 26 1
R. Bateman 7 78 11.1 19 3
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 3 53 17.7 40 0
M. Washington 1 11 11.0 11 0

Fumbles

Returning

Minn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Douglas 1 28.0 0 27 2 1.0 0 0
C. Wiley 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 5 21.2 0 26 0 - 0 0
B. Holman 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

Minn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Herbers 1 42 42.0 42
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. David 5 196 39.2 66
D. Kubiuk 1 58 58.0 58

Takeaways

NW Int Yds InTD
B. Gallagher 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Minn NW
Points For 38 22
Total Yards 423 223
Rushing Yards 212 128
Passing Yards 211 95
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/23 8/12
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 23 14
Penalties - Yards 7/46 5/36
Time Of Possession 18:18 42:42
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/11 7/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 1/42 6/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Minn NW
Minn 6:56 TD Rashod Bateman 19 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 7 0
Minn 9:56 TD Shannon Brooks 9 yd run (Michael Lantz kick) 14 0
2nd Quarter Minn NW
Minn 2:57 TD Rashod Bateman 10 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 21 0
NW 5:28 SF Team safety 21 2
NW 12:08 TD Jace James 9 yd pass from Andrew Marty (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 21 9
3rd Quarter Minn NW
Minn 4:57 TD Rashod Bateman 7 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 28 9
NW 11:33 TD Andrew Marty 2 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 28 16
4th Quarter Minn NW
Minn 1:40 TD Tyler Johnson 17 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) 35 16
Minn 8:46 FG Michael Lantz 37 yd FG 38 16
NW 12:59 TD Andrew Marty 1 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 38 22

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 30,246
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