GAMEDAY College Football

Minnesota 31, Miami of Ohio 26

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Treyson Potts picked up for Minnesota where injured star Mo Ibrahim left off, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start to help fend off Miami of Ohio 31-26.

Tanner Morgan connected with Dylan Wright and Daniel Jackson on scoring passes in the second quarter as the Gophers (1-1) took a 21-3 lead into halftime, before Redhawks (0-2) outgained them 128-15 in total yards in the third quarter to make a game of it down the stretch.

After Brett Gabbert threw to Jack Sorenson for a 23-yard touchdown that cut Minnesota's lead to one point with 12:32 to go, freshman Bucky Irving bobbled the kickoff before returning it 43 yards. Potts took five straight handoffs to gain the remaining 53 yards and give the Gophers a cushion.

Tyler Nubin intercepted Gabbert's third-down pass on the next drive to set up a 50-yard field goal by Matthew Trickett to make it 31-20.

Nubin broke up Gabbert's fourth-down throw from the Minnesota 48, but the Redhawks kept the ball on a roughing-the-passer penalty on Rashad Cheney Jr. and scored on the next play when Mac Hippenhammer snagged Gabbert's 33-yard toss in tight coverage in the end zone. The 2-point conversion play failed with 3:43 to go.

The Redhawks had two timeouts, but the Gophers had Potts and their experienced, imposing offensive line. Potts had five consecutive carries to drain the clock, finishing off the Redhawks with an 11-yard run on third-and-4 near midfield with 1:28 left.

Gabbert, the Freshman of the Year in the Mid-American Conference in 2019, missed the season-opening loss to seventh-ranked Cincinnati with an injury. The younger brother of former NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert went 14 for 28 for 201 yards and carried six times for a team-leading 27 yards. A.J. Mayer, who struggled in his place last week, took a handful of snaps and scored on a short run in the third quarter. Graham Nicholson made field goals of 45 and 46 yards.

Morgan was 8 for 17 for 112 yards and no turnovers for the Gophers, who made Ibrahim their honorary captain. The 2020 Big Ten Running Back of the Year rolled himself out to midfield for the pregame coin flip on a scooter to support his surgically repaired lower left leg that was in a bright green cast nine days after his season ended on an ill-fated plant of his foot on the turf.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter Mia-OMinn
Minn TD 9:29 Trey Potts 4 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter Mia-OMinn
Mia-O FG 14:18 Graham Nicholson 46 yard field goal 3 7
Minn TD 10:09 Dylan Wright 25 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 3 14
Minn TD 3:56 Daniel Jackson 6 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 3 21
Third Quarter Mia-OMinn
Mia-O TD 10:48 AJ Mayer 1 yard TD run (Graham Nicholson Extra Point) 10 21
Mia-O FG 1:39 Graham Nicholson 45 yard field goal 13 21
Fourth Quarter Mia-OMinn
Mia-O TD 12:32 Jack Sorenson 23 yard TD pass from Brett Gabbert (Graham Nicholson Extra Point) 20 21
Minn TD 9:53 Trey Potts 21 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 20 28
Minn FG 6:15 Matthew Trickett 50 yard field goal 20 31
Mia-O TD 3:43 Mac Hippenhammer 33 yard TD pass from Brett Gabbert (2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 26 31
Team Stats
  Miami (OH) Minnesota
First downs 20 20
  Rushing 6 11
  Passing 12 6
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 30-104 46-175
Passing Yards 237 112
Return Yards 20 80
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-31-1 8-17-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-8
Punts 3 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-50 4-45
Miami (OH) Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Gabbert 14 29 201 2 1
A. Mayer 2 2 36 0 0
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 8 17 112 2 0
Miami (OH) Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Gabbert 6 27 4.5 0
K. Tracy 3 22 7.3 0
D. Afari 5 20 4.0 0
K. Mozee 11 19 1.7 0
K. Davis 2 9 4.5 0
A. Mayer 3 7 2.3 1
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Potts 34 178 5.2 2
T. Morgan 4 4 1.0 0
C. Wiley 3 0 0.0 0
B. Williams 2 -2 -1.0 0
Miami (OH) Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Sorenson 6 97 16.2 1
J. Coldiron 4 67 16.8 0
M. Hippenhammer 2 43 21.5 1
K. Mozee 1 13 13.0 0
K. Tracy 1 13 13.0 0
K. Davis 1 8 8.0 0
D. Johnson 1 -4 -4.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Wright 3 73 24.3 1
D. Jackson 4 30 7.5 1
B. Spann-Ford 1 9 9.0 0
Miami (OH) Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Nubin 1 18
Miami (OH) Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Dzioban 3 105 35.0
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 5 191 38.2
Miami (OH) Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Miami (OH) Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Davis 1 20 20.0
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Irving 2 62 31.0
Miami (OH) Missed FG
Player Length
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length




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