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5-2, 4th in Big Ten - West
Minnesota keeps division title hopes alive with win over Rutgers (1:53)

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Emmit Carpenter gave Minnesota its first game-winning field goal in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter since 2005 at Michigan (a 30-yd field goal by Jason Giannini to win 23-20).


Minnesota wins on late field goal

Emmit Carpenter makes a 28-yard go-ahead field goal with six seconds left. The Golden Gophers escape with a 34-32 win over Rutgers.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota probably won't feel great about needing a last-second field goal to beat struggling Rutgers at home. But that win could wind up being crucial for Tracy Claeys if he's being evaluated in his first year as the full-time coach by his ability to get the Gophers into a bowl game. Minnesota is now 5-2, and while it will obviously need to play better, it is also still alive in the Big Ten West Division.

Minnesota takes lead on late FG (0:38)

Rutgers recovers muffed punt

Isaiah Johnson recovers it at the Minnesota 23-yard line. The Scarlet Knights took advantage of the field position and now lead 32-31 in the fourth quarter on ESPNU.


Rutgers inches closer with score

Giovanni Rescigno thew an 18-yard TD pass to Jawuan Harris, but the two-point conversion failed. Minnesota leads 31-29 in the fourth quarter on ESPNU.


Gophers respond with 94-yard kick return

After Rutgers' pick-six that would have tied the game with the extra point (PAT failed), Minnesota responded with a 94-yard kick return to make it 31-23 on ESPNU.


Rutgers' Patton hauls in 37-yard TD

Andre Patton makes a great 37-yard TD catch to cut into Minnesota's lead. The Golden Gophers lead 21-17 on ESPNU.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

No rust showing for Mitch Leidner in his return to the Minnesota lineup at QB. The Gophers aren't asking their leader to do a whole lot in the passing game, but he's completed 8 of his 10 throws for 139 yards to complement a powerful rushing attack and build a lead at home against Rutgers.


Leidner gives Gophers big lead

QB Mitch Leidner, who returned this week from concussion symptoms, put Minnesota up 21-3 over Rutgers with this 3-yard TD run.


Gopher runs through Rutgers defenders

Rodney Smith powers through for a 6-yard TD run to give Minnesota a 14-3 lead over Rutgers late in the first quarter on ESPNU.


Gophers leap into end zone on first drive

Shannon Brooks leaps over the goal line for a 1-yard TD run. After the 10-play drive, Minnesota leads Rutgers 7-0 on ESPNU.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Leidner is officially back for Minnesota, returning from concussion symptoms to take the first snap at quarterback. He promptly hit a deep ball, and having Leidner back is huge for a team that can take a big step toward bowl eligibility today against Rutgers and still has life in the Big Ten West Division.

Watch: Rutgers at Minnesota

Minnesota looks to improve to 5-2 with a win at home. The Golden Gophers are 19-point favorites. The Scarlet Knights still seek their first Big Ten win this season. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

Minnesota's starting QB Mitch Leidner could return to the lineup today vs Rutgers. Leidner has been cleared to play after missing last week's game while in the concussion protocol. The team will make a decision after Leidner goes through warm ups.

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Report: Court order keeps 6 Gophers from game

Minnesota's KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, Carlton Djam, Tamarion Johnson and Kiondre Thomas are out Saturday due to a restraining order keeping them from being at TCF Bank Stadium.

Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

Minnesota TE Nate Wozniak is 6'10. Ahmad Brooks and I are not 6'10

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Backup QB of the week: Conor Rhoda

The former walk-on was named co-captain for Minnesota's game at Maryland. Rhoda quietly executed a safe game plan, completing seven passes and one for a score, as Minnesota earned its first Big Ten win of the season. Flipping the field

Team Stats

Passing Yards178.6108th
Rushing Yards212.434th
Points For31.057th
Points Against22.9Tied-38th

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