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Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-4)


Sat. 11/20 Sat. 11/27 Tue. 12/28
@ Ind
W 35-14
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vs. Wisc
W 23-13
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vs. WVU
W 18-6
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Minnesota beats West Virginia 18-6 in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) Ky Thomas ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, Mar'Kiese Irving added 129 yards rushing and Minnesota shut down West Virginia on defense to win the Guaranteed Rate Bowl 18-6 on Tuesday night.

Thomas and Irving became the Gophers' 1-2 punch after Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts sustained season-ending injuries. The two running backs carried most of the load offensively against West Virginia (6-7), accounting for 273 of Minnesota's 358 total yards.

The Gophers (9-4) overwhelmed the Mountaineers defensively, holding them to 206 total yards to win their fifth straight bowl game, third under coach P.J. Fleck.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: T. Morgan2044
Passing TDs: T. Morgan10
Rushing Yards: K. Thomas824
Rushing TDs: T. Potts6
Receiving Yards: C. Autman-Bell506
Receiving TDs: C. Autman-Bell6
Interceptions: T. Nubin3
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 vs. 4 Ohio State L 31 - 45
9/11 vs. Miami (OH) W 31 - 26
9/18 at Colorado W 30 - 0
9/25 vs. Bowling Green L 10 - 14
10/2 at Purdue W 20 - 13
10/16 vs. Nebraska W 30 - 23
10/23 vs. Maryland W 34 - 16
10/30 at Northwestern W 41 - 14
11/6 vs. Illinois L 6 - 14
11/13 at 20 Iowa L 22 - 27
11/20 at Indiana W 35 - 14
11/27 vs. 14 Wisconsin W 23 - 13
12/28 vs. West Virginia W 18 - 6
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
2 Michigan 8-1 12-2
6 Ohio State 8-1 11-2
10 Michigan State 7-2 11-2
Penn State 4-5 7-6
Maryland 3-6 7-6
Rutgers 2-7 5-8
Indiana 0-9 2-10
West
  Conference Overall
15 Iowa 7-2 10-4
Minnesota 6-3 9-4
Wisconsin 6-3 9-4
Purdue 6-3 9-4
Illinois 4-5 5-7
Nebraska 1-8 3-9
Northwestern 1-8 3-9
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4681 (90)
Passing Yards: 2106 (122)
Rushing Yards: 2575 (30)
Points per game: 25.5 (87)
Yards per game: 360.1 (103)
Touchdowns: 39 (77)
Field Goals: 17 (45)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 3624 (2)
Passing Yards: 2356 (12)
Rushing Yards: 1268 (8)
Points per game: 17.3 (6)
Yards per game: 278.8 (3)
Touchdowns: 26 (8)
Field Goals: 11 (25)
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