Skip to main content

Gophers come back to defeat SDSU in season opener

Well that was too close for comfort.

The 2019 Gopher football season almost got off to a shocking start but Minnesota was able to defeat the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 28-21 Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Gophers found the end zone courtesy of Seth Green out of the Wildcat formation to put Minnesota up 7-0. However, the Jack Rabbits, ranked third in the FCS, were able to tie things up shortly after.

As time was winding down in the first half, Tanner Morgan aired one out to Rashod Bateman who hauled in a spectacular one-handed catch for a touchdown putting the Gophers up 13-7 into halftime.

Bateman hauled in five passes for 132 yards in the win.

Minnesota padded their lead with a pick-six from Chris Williamson on the fifth play of the second half.

But the Jackrabbits rebounded with a pair of touchdowns and took a 21-20 lead into the final quarter, with the U of M having just 20 yards of offense in the third quarter.

The Gophers would finally catch a break when they forced a fumble and took over inside SDSU's 40-yard line with eight minutes to go. After marching into the red zone, Mohamed Ibrahim rushed in for the go-ahead score. A successful two-point conversion put Minnesota ahead 28-21. 

After the defense was able to force a turnover on the downs, the Gophers ran out the clock to secure the victory. SDSU finished the night with 367 yards of total offense compared to just 308 yards for the Gophers. 

The Gophers will return to action on Sept. 7, hitting the road to play Fresno State.

Next Up

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.

chad davis arradondo flickr

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo to retire next month

He's overseen the MPD since mid-2017, following the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond


Gophers name starters for football opener against SDSU

Minnesota returns up to 9 starters on offense and 7 on defense.

It seems like everyone is picking the Gophers to lose at Iowa

Minnesota isn't getting a ton of love for Saturday.

Gophers will roll with two quarterbacks to start the 2017 season

Both Demry Croft and Conor Rhoda will be under center for the season opener.

Gophers can't hold on falling to No. 21 Nebraska 24-17

Gophers offense accumulated just 264 yards.

Gophers can't hold on falling to No. 21 Nebraska 24-17

Gophers offense accumulated just 264 yards.