Gophers blow lead at Penn State, lose on 1st defensive play in OT

The University of Minnesota Gopher football team fell 29-26 in a back-and-forth battle with Penn State on Saturday.
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The University of Minnesota Gopher football team fell overtime 29-26 in a back-and-forth battle with Penn State on Saturday.

The Gophers got off to a strong start in the first half with two field goals from Emmit Carpenter and a Mitch Leidner touchdown pass to Drew Wolitarsky en route to 13-3 lead at the half.

Things unraveled in the third quarter when Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley connected for an 80-yard touchdown pass thanks to a missed tackle by Minnesota safety Kunle Ayinde.

Eventually, Penn State took the lead with a 27-yard field goal and a rushing touchdown from McSorley.

Shortly after Penn State took the lead Minnesota linebacker Jalen Waters was ejected after a dirty hit on the opposing kicker Joey Julius.

After 17 unanswered points, the Gophers offense finally found some rhythm in the fourth quarter when Shannon Brooks rushed for a 37-yard touchdown.

Both teams struggled to sustain offensive drives thereafter until Minnesota put themselves in field-goal range and Carpenter hit another field goal to give the Gophers a 23-20 lead with 53 seconds remaining.

But the Nittany Lions marched down the field and sent the game to overtime with a field goal of their own.

The U of M opened up overtime play with the football and hit another field goal to give them a temporary lead.

But Penn State quickly scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on their first offensive play of overtime. With the loss the Gophers are 3-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play. They host Iowa next weekend at TCF Bank Stadium.

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