Ohio bumped its fourth quarter lead to 24-20 on a Josiah Yazdani 41-yard field goal with 2:36 remaining. Minnesota, however, responded with a 78-yard drive that culminated in a Shannon Brooks three-yard TD run with 30 seconds remaining. That proved to be the difference in a 27-24 Golden Gophers victory.
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Ohio took an early lead when Derrius Vick hit Papi White on a 39-yard scoring pass to cap off the Bobcat's second possession.
Minnesota immediately responded with a six-play, 87-yard TD drive. Shannon Brooks covered the last 40 yards on a run that knotted the score at 7-7.
The two teams again traded touchdowns with their next possessions. Ohio grinded out a 13-play drive that ended with Vick hitting Sebastian Smith on a 10-yard TD. Minnesota came back with a Leidner one-yard run, and it was 14-all at intermission.
Ryan Santoso's 49-yard field goal was the only scoring of the third quarter, giving UM its only lead of the game (17-14) before the final minute.
Cody Grilliot forced a fumble as Minnesota received a punt on the first play of the fourth quartr. Keith Heitzman recovered and returned it 24 yards to the Minnesota 47. With a penalty added, OU took over at the Minnesota six. The Bobcats drew a quick five-yard penalty themselves, but A.J. Quiellette made it academic when he covered 11 yards for a TD on the next play.
With the PAT, Ohio led 21-17. The two teams then traded field goals before Minnesota cashed in with the winning touchdown on its final possession.