The Gophers didn't look 2-6 and the Spartans didn't look like a 27-point favorite, either. But Minnesota came up short against Michigan State losing 31-24.
Gophers wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight hauled in three touchdowns against the second-best defense in the country.
MarQueis Gray looked sharp for most of the contest before the final drive and an inexplicable pass lofted straight to Michigan State's Trenton Robinson.
The Gophers were close to their second-straight Big Ten upset after beating Iowa last week. The Gophers will try to regroup as they host Wisconsin next Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.