NCAA Game Summary - Western Michigan at Minnesota|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Max Shortell threw for 188 yards and three
touchdowns after entering the game late in the second quarter, helping the
Minnesota Golden Gophers to a 28-23 win over Western Michigan at TCF Bank
Minnesota starting quarterback MarQueis Gray injured his left leg and did not
return in the second half. A.J. Barker finished with five catches for 101
yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Gophers (3-0), who have already
matched their win total from each of the last two seasons. Donnell Kirkwood
carried 23 times for 110 yards in the victory.
The Broncos (1-2) lost to a Big Ten opponent for the ninth straight time,
despite 144 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Dareyon Chance. Jaime
Wilson headlined the receiving corps with 117 yards and a TD on 10 catches.
WMU grabbed a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 35-yard field
goal by Andrew Haldeman.
Golden Gophers' defensive back Michael Carter set up his team's first score of
the day with an interception return down to the Broncos' 8. Three plays later,
Gray found Barker for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
WMU regained the lead at the 4:37 mark of the second quarter, when Chance
scored on a six-yard run. That touchdown was set up by Gray's fumble deep in
Gray was injured on the first play of the ensuing possession, but Shortell
came in and led the team on a 78-yard drive, capped by a nine-yard scoring
strike to Barker.
Shortell and Barker hooked up again for a 53-yard touchdown with 30 seconds to
play until the half, as Minnesota took a 21-10 lead into the locker room.
The Broncos cut the margin to 21-17 with just under 11 minutes to play in the
third quarter, as Antoin Scriven capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a one-
yard TD plunge.
The Golden Gophers answered with a long drive of their own, and Shortell found
Drew Goodger for a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it a 28-17 game.
The score would remain that way until the 4:18 mark of the fourth quarter,
when WMU's Alex Carder tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Wilson. However, the
Broncos could not convert the two-point attempt. They later got the ball back
with 1:32 to play but failed to get a first down.
Minnesota is now 4-0 all-time against the Broncos, although this was the first
meeting between the two schools since 1977.
09/15 16:15:50 ET