5th-Seeded Nittany Lions Move To Big Ten Semifinals


Instead of a first down or, at least, a field goal opportunity, the Nittany Lions were forced to put their defense back on the field, quickly gutted by Minnesota for another touchdown and a 21-10 lead that Penn State would never fully overcome.

That's awesome for the Golden Gophers, but it didn't seem like their top-50 offense would be prepared to cut through Penn State's top-10 defense.

Surely the 17th-ranked Gophers would be exposed against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions, right?

It was a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Bateman that opened the scoring for the Gophers.

Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan threw 10-for-12 for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while the team had three different players on the receiving end of each first-half touchdown: Rashod Bateman, Tyler Johnson and Chris Autman-Bell.

Penn State: QB Sean Clifford.

Penn State plays at Ohio State, which has the top spot in the first edition of the CFP rankings, in two weeks to likely determine the front-runner in the Big Ten East Division. A few plays later, Clifford tossed his third interception of the game - this time in the end zone - to seal the upset victory for the Gophers.

Chase Young out vs. Maryland for possible rules violation
Young did state that he paid the loan back in full and that was hopeful to play again this season, which he surely will. This isn't expected to be much of a contest, but the Terps did give the Buckeyes all they could handle previous year .

Antoine Winfield Jr. had the first two picks in the first half, matching the FBS lead and setting the all-time Minnesota record with seven on the season. His first quarter strike to Bateman on the sideline proved to be a tone-setter for the Gophers that wouldn't ever let up.

Penn State did its best to keep up in the early going.

This was the most points Penn State had allowed all season, a feat the Gophers accomplished in the first half.

Penn State had an opportunity to stop the game-opening touchdown, but the safety took a awful angle on the tackle and whiffed on Bateman.

Penn State and Minnesota are two of the seven remaining undefeated teams in the FBS.

Minnesota sent a message to the naysayers out there, via Twitter after the game. Penn State won the most recent meeting in 2016, a 29-26 decision in overtime at home.