Derrius Vick’s last-second desperation heave was batted to the TCF Bank Stadium turf, along with Ohio’s hopes of a second consecutive upset of a Big Ten member. The Bobcats led the game with two minutes remaining, but a late Minnesota touchdown gave the Gophers a 27-24 victory over Ohio on Saturday.
Shannon Brooks’ 3-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock gave the Golden Gophers the three-point victory. Minnesota drove straight down the field on an 11 play, 78 yard drive to reclaim what was only its second lead of the game.
Daz’ Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to the Minnesota 43, but Ohio could only manage eight yards over the next three plays. Josiah Yazdani lined up for a 53-yard field goal, but was penalized for delay of game when he attempted the kick after Minnesota coach Jerry Kill called a timeout.
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Ohio coach Frank Solich was none too pleased with the call and tossed his headset in anger after pleading to the officials. According to Jason Arkley of The Athens Messenger, Solich said he regretted not letting Yazdani attempt from 58 yards.
Ohio struck first with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Papi White. The Bobcats held the lead for over 21 minutes in a game that featured five lead changes.
Vick completed 17 of his 27 attempts for 194 and two touchdowns and played most of the game with a sprained right ankle. Patterson racked up 70 rushing yards on 13 carries. A.J. Ouellette gained 59 yards on 12 carries, including an 11-yard go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Ouellette’s touchdown was enabled by a muffed punt that was recovered by Keith Heitzman and carried inside the Golden Gophers’ red zone.
Sebastian Smith hauled in four catches for 69 yards and a 10-yard score. White finished with 47 yards on two catches and Jordan Reid reeled in five catches for 36 yards.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner found his target on 22 of his 33 passes for 264 yards. Rodney Smith led the Gophers on the ground with 94 yards on 16 carries and he also added 58 yards on four catches.
Brooks, a freshman totaled 82 yards on 10 carries and his game-winning touchdown was one of two for him on the day. KJ Maye led Minnesota’s receiving corps with five catches for 64 yards.
The loss was Ohio’s first of the season. The Bobcats will hope to rebound when they open MAC play next Saturday, October 4th at Akron.