MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Amir Pinnix rushed for 126 yards and his 2-yard touchdown in the third overtime lifted Minnesota to a 41-35 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday.
Pinnix's effort gave coach Tim Brewster his first win and helped the Gophers (1-1) avoid what would have been an embarrassing collapse.
But backup quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh rallied Miami to 17 points in the final 6:35 of regulation, throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns and driving the RedHawks 61 yards in less than two minutes to set up Trevor Cook's game-tying field goal.
Jason Giannini's third missed field goal of the game was a 26-yarder that went wide left in the second overtime, and Cook had a chance to win it for Miami.
But his 33-yarder was wide right.
Gophers cornerback Jamal Harris was victimized through the air all afternoon, and he dropped a sure interception on second down in the third overtime. But on third down, Raudabaugh was hit by Deon Hightower, and his pass fell right into the arms of Harris in the end zone.
Pinnix ripped off a 20-yard run, then scored from 2 yards out to allow the Gophers to escape what would have been their second straight overtime loss to an opponent from the Mid-American Conference.
Last week the Gophers rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to force overtime against Bowling Green, but lost when the Falcons went for two points on the last play of the game.
Raudabaugh threw for 222 yards, two TDs and an interception after starter Mike Kokal threw for 196 yards and a touchdown in the first three-and-a-half quarters.
Chris Givens had five catches for 112 yards for the RedHawks, who lost star linebacker Joey Hudson to a knee injury on the second series of the game. Hudson watched most of the game from the sidelines on crutches and will have an MRI on his left knee in the next few days, coach Shane Montgomery said.
Starting tailback Brandon Murphy rushed 12 times for 78 yards, but injured his knee in the fourth quarter and will also need an examination.
Weber threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns for Minnesota and rushed for 97 yards and another score in a huge step forward after his first career start against Bowling Green.
The Gophers rushed for 306 yards and Eric Decker had seven catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder through two Miami defenders to open the fourth quarter.
Purdue to feature band's barred giant drum outside Notre Dame Stadium
Purdue's band plans to feature their giant bass drum outside of Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. They will be without it for their halftime performance due to size issues with the stadium's visitor tunnel.
Who's the most important SEC player going into Week 2?
The SEC Now crew explains why QBs Bo Nix of Auburn and Florida's Emory Jones are the most important players this and how they can help their team secure a win.
Doering says UF needs solid execution to slow down Bama
SEC Now analysts Chris Doering and Gene Genzik go in depth on the difficulties No. 11 Florida's defense will have vs. No. 1 Alabama's offense.
Austin Peay leaving Ohio Valley Conference for ASUN in July 2022
Austin Peay is leaving the Ohio Valley Conference for the ASUN Conference next year, ending a membership with the OVC that began in 1962.
Spurrier says Gators need to believe they can win
The Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier joins The Paul Finebaum Show and says that No. 11 Florida must avoid penalties to defeat No. 1 Alabama.
LSU becomes first SEC school to partner with gambling company, agrees to Caesars Sportsbook deal
LSU became the first SEC school to enter into a financial partnership with a gambling company after announcing a multi-year sponsorship with Caesars Sportsbook on Friday.