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Pinstripe Bowl: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 20

By LARRY FLEISHER
Associated Press

NEW YORK - Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 71 yards on 16 carriers with a touchdown and became Minnesota's all-time rushing leader in the Golden Gophers' 28-20 win over Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Ibrahim, who missed virtually all of last year with a ruptured Achilles, closed out a solid career in dramatic fashion. After getting injured in the 2021 season opener against Penn State, Ibrahim returned for a sixth season and finished his career with 4,668 yards and 53 rushing touchdowns in 40 games since joining the Golden Gophers as a two-star recruit from Baltimore.

Ibrahim broke the school record held by Darrell Thompson (4,654 yards from 1986-89) on a 10-yard gain with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Before breaking the record, Ibrahim scored a gritty 4-yard run with 13:39 remaining in the half before sitting out the final periods. The TD gave him 20 and moved him past Gary Russell (19 in 2005) for the most single-season TDs in school history.

Trey Potts replaced Ibrahim in the backfield and had 27 yards on 10 carries. Daniel Jackson hauled in a pair of TD passes - a 20-yard reception in the second and a 25-yard grab in the final minute of the third.

Athan Kaliakmanis started at QB for Minnesota (9-4) and completed 7 of 9 passes for 80 yards before being helped off the field with an injury. Tanner Morgan made his first appearance since Nov. 5 and completed 4 of 7 passes for 58 yards.

Syracuse (7-6) ended what was a promising season on a down note, playing without star running back Sean Tucker, who declared for the NFL draft on Dec. 17. Syracuse's offense totaled 477 yards, but struggled at times as the Orange lost six of their final seven games after a 6-0 start elevated them to No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

LeQuint Allen replaced Tucker and finished with 103 yards on 16 carries.

Garret Shrader faced constant pressure and completed 32 of 51 passes for 329 yards. He ran for both of Syracuse's TDs, and also overthrew receivers at times.

Ibrahim opened the scoring and nearly took a tackler with him up the middle with 13:39 left in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. After Kaliakmanis was injured, Jackson made a leaping catch in the right corner of the end zone seven minutes later.

Shrader's run moved Syracuse within 14-7 by halftime, and a 40-yard field goal by Andre Szmyt made it 14-10 early in the third. The Golden Gophers took a 21-10 lead when Coleman Bryson stepped in front of a pass intended for Oronde Gadsden II and returned the interception 70 yards.

Jackson's second TD put Minnesota up 28-13 with 38 seconds left in the third. Syracuse caught a break when Allen lost a fumble, but it was negated due to Minnesota having 12 men on the field. Shrader scrambled from eight yards out with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The replacement for Tucker will become a major storyline ahead of the season opener against Colgate on Sept. 2.

Minnesota: Whoever Ibrahim's successor is in the backfield will open the season Aug. 31 against Nebraska. The Gophers also will face powerhouses Michigan and Ohio State in the same season for the first time since 2015.

December 29, 2022


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter SyrMinn
Minn TD 13:39 Mohamed Ibrahim 4 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 0 7
Minn TD 6:39 Daniel Jackson 20 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett kick) 0 14
Syr TD 0:08 Garrett Shrader 1 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 7 14
Third Quarter SyrMinn
Syr FG 10:26 Andre Szmyt 40 yd FG 10 14
Minn TD 7:22 Coleman Bryson 70 yd interception return (Matthew Trickett kick) 10 21
Syr FG 1:38 Andre Szmyt 38 yd FG 13 21
Minn TD 0:35 Daniel Jackson 25 yd pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett kick) 13 28
Fourth Quarter SyrMinn
Syr TD 2:30 Garrett Shrader 8 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 20 28
Team Stats
  Syracuse Minnesota
First downs 27 14
  Rushing 11 5
  Passing 15 8
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 34-147 33-77
Passing Yards 330 138
Return Yards 97 188
Completions-Attempts-Int 32-51-1 11-16-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--16 2--14
Punts 4 6
Punts-Average 28.5 43
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-42 2-20
Time of Possession 34:03 25:57
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Shrader 32 51 330 0 1
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Kaliakmanis 7 9 80 0 0
T. Morgan 4 7 58 2 0
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Allen 15 94 6.3 0
G. Shrader 14 38 2.7 2
T. Pena 2 8 4.0 0
J. Price 3 7 2.3 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Ibrahim 16 71 4.4 1
T. Potts 9 27 3.0 0
B. Williams 2 6 3.0 0
T. Morgan 2 -8 -4.0 0
A. Kaliakmanis 2 -11 -5.5 0
Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Cooper 7 114 16.3 0
O. Gadsden II 7 78 11.1 0
L. Allen 11 60 5.5 0
D. Alford 3 57 19.0 0
T. Pena 3 12 4.0 0
D. Adams 1 9 9.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Jackson 4 73 18.3 2
L. Brockington 2 27 13.5 0
B. Spann-Ford 2 16 8.0 0
D. Wright 2 14 7.0 0
B. Williams 1 8 8.0 0
Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bryson 1 70
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Von Marburg 4 114 28.5
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 6 258 43.0
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 2 26 13.0
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 3 71 23.7
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Redding 3 118 39.3
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length




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