Making his second career start, Minnesota quarterback, Zach Annexstad completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards. Despite leading by ten points at the half, it felt like the Gophers’ offense did not click during the game. The Gophers’ offense amassed 307 yards and maintained possession for over 36 minutes in this fairly evenly matched game.
Junior Tyler Johnson made several key plays in the game, including one where Annexstad was scrambling and got flushed out of the pocket and fired a floater toward the sidelines. Johnson levitated and froze, mid-air as the ball came and was able to maintain possession and get a foot in-bounds.
Minnesota’s top rusher, Rodney Smith, was lost for the game in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury – stay tuned.
**Updated 9/12/18** Minnesota’s Rodney Smith will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and will seek another year of eligibility after going down in the first quarter of Minnesota’s game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.
On defense Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. came up with a brilliant one-handed interception for the Gophers, with about 1:20 left in the game sealing the victory.
Up next, the Gophers will host Miami of Ohio on Saturday Sept. 15 in their final non-conference game of the year. They will need to find a way to replace the production of Rodney Smith, the injury did not look good. Stay tuned.