Gophers Fall to New Mexico State, 28-21

New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21
TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, Minn.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
 NMSU 7 14 7 0 28
 Minnesota
7 7 0 7 21
Attendance: 48,807

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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Marqueis Gray - 17 Att, 110 Yds
 • Passing: Marqueis Gray - 16-32-2, 211 Yds
 • Receiving: Da'Jon McKnight - 9 Rec, 146 Yds, 1 TD
 • Defense: Mike Rallis - 13 Tkl, 1.0 TFL
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
NMS 12:01 Rogers 26 TD pass from Manley (Stampler kick)
MIN 4:17 Edwards 4 run (Hawthorne kick)
 Second Quarter
NMS 12:11 Rogers 41 TD pass from Manley (Stampler kick)
NMS 6:53 Quiorga 4 TD pass from Manley (Stampler kick)
MIN 0:08 McGarry 10 TD pass from Gray (Hawthorne kick)
 Third Quarter
 NMS 0:31 Clay 2 run (Stampler kick)
 Fourth Quarter
MIN 11:47 McKnight 4 TD pass from Gray (Hawthorne kick)
 Stats at a Glance
MINN NMSU
 • First Downs 22 25
 • Total Offensive Yards 419 421
 • Passing Yards 238 288
 • Rushing Yards 181 133
 • Penalties-Yards 6-58 9-57
 • Turnovers 2 2
 • Punts-Avg. 4-46.0 5-37.2
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 0-0.0 1-2.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 4-21.6 2-14.5
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 2-12 4-12
 • 4th-Down Conversions 1-4 1-1
 • Time of Possession 27:30 32:30
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Sept. 10, 2011

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Update on Coach Kill

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McKnight, Stoudermire are bright spots

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New Mexico State's 28-21 victory at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon was overshadowed by a health scare for Gophers head coach Jerry Kill, who had an apparent seizure on the sideline and was taken from the stadium by ambulance with 20 seconds left in the game.

Andrew Manley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns for the Aggies (1-1), who beat a Big Ten team for the first time in program history. The Gophers (0-2) had the ball at the New Mexico State 25-yard line and were trying for the tying touchdown when medical personnel suddenly surrounded Kill.

After about 15 minutes, Kill was hoisted on a stretcher and rolled off the field as the crowd clapped and chanted his first name.

Marqueis Gray, who was relieved briefly in the third quarter by freshman Max Shortell, finished with 110 yards rushing on 17 attempts. He went 16 for 32 through the air for 211 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

After falling behind the Aggies 7-0 on the opening drive, Gray helped lead the Gophers on an 88-yard drive for a tying touchdown, capped by a 4-yard run that marked the first career touchdown for freshman Lamonte Edwards.

Da'Jon McKnight, who enjoyed a career day with 9 catches for 146 yards, made a handful of acrobatic catches on the Gophers' final drive of the second quarter, and tight end Colin McGarry dived to haul in a 10-yard score in the corner of the end zone and pull the Gophers within 21-14 right before the half.

Gray also threaded a perfect pass to McKnight on a quick post route for a 4-yard touchdown with 11:47 left, pulling the Gophers within 28-21.

Gray nearly tied the game later on a rollout with a head-first dive at the pylon with 7:51 left, and the initial ruling on the field was a touchdown. But a replay review determined his foot was out of bounds. On fourth and 1, Edwards was stopped and NMSU took over.

Robert Clay and Victor Johnson ground down the clock for the Aggies, and the Gophers didn't get the ball back until 2:09 remained, starting at their own 11-yard line with no timeouts.

Gray was at his best on this final drive, but after a 13-yard scamper and a quick spike to stop the clock, Kill went down.

After the delay, Gray went 0 for 3 on his last three passes and the Aggies emerged with the victory.

With 65 yards on three returns on the day, kick returner Troy Stoudermire surpassed the 3,025-yard mark set by Wisconsin's David Gilreath to set a new career Big Ten record.