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The last time the Gophers faced Penn State

first_imgThe last time the Gophers faced Penn StateA Penn St. overtime victory helped save James Franklin’s job. John MillerOctober 31, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt has been three years since Minnesota last faced Penn State on the gridiron. Entering the game, the Gophers held a 3-0 record, while the Nittany Lions sat at 2-2. That game took place on Oct. 1, 2016 in University Park, Pennsylvania. It’s a game that a lot of Penn State fans are happy they won for one big reason. Head coach James Franklin was in the hot seat, and many thought losing to the Gophers would be the final straw. However, Franklin and the Nittany Lions pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat with a 29-26 overtime win. Since then, the team has gone on to have a lot of success with Franklin at the helm. Minnesota got out to a 13-3 lead going into halftime off of two Emmit Carpenter field goals and a nine-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Leidner to wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky.However, Penn State didn’t go down without a fight. Current Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Trace McSorley completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Irvin Charles with just under ten minutes remaining in the third quarter to cut the Nittany Lions’ deficit to three.Penn State went on to score the next 10 points thanks to a 27-yard field goal from kicker Tyler Davis and a six-yard touchdown run from McSorley to give the Nittany Lions a seven-point lead over the Gophers, 20-13, heading into the fourth quarter.Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Minnesota struck back and tied the game up on a 37-yard touchdown run from Shannon Brooks. Things were looking good for the Gophers as the game wound down. They drove the ball down the field on an 11-play, 58-yard drive to set up a field goal and take the lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game. But they left too much time on the clock, as Penn State drove 53 yards into Minnesota territory and hit a 40-yard field goal to send the game into overtime tied at 23. Minnesota got the ball in overtime first, but couldn’t get much going so they were forced to kick a field goal to take a 26-23 lead.After holding future star NFL running back Saquon Barkley to just 19 attempts for 38 yards all game, on the first play in overtime for the Penn State offense, Barkley took the ball 25 yards to the house to win the game for the Nittany Lions, 29-26. Quotes from the game“It’s pretty obvious it hurts,” Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys said to the media after the game. “We’ll be up in the morning and we’ll be back and ready to go.”“That is what you live for,” Barkley told the media after his touchdown run. “I’m pretty sure they blitzed and the offensive line picked up the run blitz so well and got so much movement. It parted like the Red Sea. When I got through, I got on the safety and I was kind of running to the left and I was like, ‘oh I’ve to got make him miss somehow no matter what.’ I was fortunate to make him miss and get in the end zone and be able to score the go-ahead touchdown.”“That was big and [the players] are having a great time in locker room,” Franklin told the media after the game. “They are partying in there. Have you guys ever seen the movie ‘Soul Plane?’ That’s what it looks like in there. They’re going crazy.”last_img read more

Prep football: Benton cruises past Huntington in 1-4A opener

first_imgThe Benton Tigers opened District 1-4A play Friday night with a 45-18 victory over the Huntington Raiders at Lee Hedges Stadium.Benton sophomore quarterback Garrett Hable, the state’s second-leading passer, completed nine passes and four of them went for touchdowns. John Westmoreland made two great TD catches that covered nine and 21 yards. Clayton Festavan also had a 16-yard TD reception.“It was not a huge night numbers-wise for us,” Benton coach Reynolds Moore said. “But we were efficient.”Benton improved to 3-1 overall. The Tigers host North DeSoto, which improved to 4-0 with a 45-3 victory over Bossier, this Friday. Benton, North DeSoto and Minden shared the district title last season. The Tigers face Minden the week after next.“It was really big that our guys locked into this game tonight and didn’t look ahead to either one of the next two knowing what Huntington brings to the table,” Moore said. “I feel our guys locked in on this game and didn’t worry about anything else. I told them in the locker room to go enjoy this and it’s over tomorrow and we’ll start getting ready for North DeSoto.”Things couldn’t have started much worse for the Tigers. They fumbled on the first play and the Raiders recovered.But the defense held and then Benton got the first break of the game. The Tigers recovered a high snap to the quarterback and Chauncey Taylor scored from 3 yards out. “That’s tough to bounce back from but our defense held and gave us a shot,” Moore said “That was a big, big possession to be able to stop them right there and turn it around.” Benton scored again in the first quarter on the first Hable-to-Westmoreland connection. Westmoreland leapt for the ball in the corner of the end zone with a Raider hanging all over him and still held on to it.Doyle Adams Jr., who caught a touchdown pass late in he first half, had a nice run on the drive.Westmoreland’s second TD catch and Brooks Cram’s third conversion made it 21-0 early in the second quarter.But the Raiders rallied with two quick TDs, including a 79-yard run by quarterback Larry Moton. A sophomore speedster, Moton didn’t play in the first quarter because of an injury.The Tigers stopped two-point conversion tries after both TDs and still led 21-12. They regained control with a short Cram field goal and Hable’s pass to Adams for a 31-12 halftime lead.Hable completed nine of 12 passes for 112 yards. Clayton Festavan caught a touchdown pass in the second half and Sam Simmons scored on a short run. Jermaine Newton, another sophomore, helped the Tigers control the ball with a good night on the ground.The defense held the Raiders to 227 yards with more than a third of that coming on Moton’s TD run. Huntington was penalized 15 times for 150 yards, and Moton was limited in what he could do. Moore said both helped the Tigers cause, but he thought his defense rose to the challenge.“We really did a good job of containing them, making them earn everything,” he said. “We gave them a few things and they took advantage of it a couple of times, but when we settled in I thought our guys did a very good job of tackling and wrapping up and keeping them in long-yardage situations.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more