The Gophers had a solid first half, a shaky third quarter and a resilient fourth quarter to seal a 31-26 win over Miami, Ohio in the first non-conference game of the season on Saturday at Huntington Banks Stadium.
Minnesota took a 21-3 lead in the half, and head coach PJ Fleck said on KFAN that he was “not comfortable” but that his team was coming out of the locker room.
Yu’s Mid-American Conference rival scored 17 consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to reduce Yu’s lead to 21–20. Minnesota fought hard and scored 10 straight runs to provide enough margin for their first win of the season.
In the third quarter, Miami beat Minnesota 10–0 and Minnesota 128–15. Yu averaged 1.9 per crowd and did not complete passes in the third or fourth quarter.
To open the fourth, Miami quarterback Brett Gabert connected with Jack Sorenson for a 23-yard touchdown, but a sideline penalty held the Redhawks back from attempting a game-tying 2-point conversion. They settled for an extra point and a 21-20 deficit.
On the ensuing kickoff, Minnesota true freshman Mar’Keiz Irving muffled the catch, but got the corner for a 43-yard return. It was the first major game for Yu after halftime.
Trey Potts had five straight carries, extending a 28-20 lead for a touchdown in a 21-yard burst.
Matthew Trickett scored a 50-yard field goal to extend the lead on the next drive.
Yu nearly ended the game on the next drive but defensive tackle Rashad Cheney was flagged for a roughing-the-passer to extend the Miami drive and Gabert hit a 33-yard TD in the next game with Mack Hippenhammer. was added to.
On the game’s opening drive, Miami quarterback Brett Gabert stumbled, and Minnesota’s Justus Harris recovered. After seven plays, the Gophers took a 7–0 lead, with Potts scoring in a 4-yard run.
Tanner Morgan and Dylan Wright aligned along the sideline for a 31-yard catch and then took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter for a 25-yard touchdown. Morgan and Daniel Jackson connected for a 6-yard touchdown at the break for a 21-3 margin.
It didn’t end as smoothly as it started.