"Timeline Tuesday": Gophers, Nystrom Stun Penn State in '99

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November 6, 1999: The upstart Gophers stun No. 2-ranked and undefeated Penn State 24-23 in Happy Valley

It's been almost 13 years, but the photo above will live in the memories of Gopher football fans everywhere for many more to come. Few who witnessed Dan Nystrom's 32-yard, last second field goal to beat No. 2 Penn State Nov. 6, 1999 in Happy Valley will ever forget it.

The Nittany Lions entered the game undefeated with legitimate national title hopes, while Glen Mason's Minnesota squad was unranked and had not even seen a bowl game since 1986.

The game-deciding drive started with a first down Hail Mary pass to get past midfield. Then there was a deflected 32-yard completion on fourth-and-16 pass from Billy Cockerham to Arland Bruce to put Minnesota in field-goal range.

And, finally, the kick that sailed just over the leaping Lions -- an image that will stand the test of time.

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