Nov. 5, 2011
• Minnesota and Michigan State met for the 44th time today.
• It was the second meeting between the two teams at Spartan Stadium in as many years.
• MSU defeated the Gophers, 31-8, last year in East Lansing.
• With the loss, Minnesota’s now trails in the all-time series 17-27 and has a 6-15 record in East Lansing.
• The Gophers had won three of the last four games vs. the Spartans entering today’s game, including three straight wins in 2005 (H), 2006 (A) and 2009 (H). Minnesota has now dropped two in a row to MSU.
• Minnesota fell to 2-7 overall, 1-4 Big Ten, and 0-4 on the road this season with today’s loss.
• Minnesota opened the scoring with a touchdown at 11:02 of the first quarter. It is just the second time this season that the Gophers have scored first (also vs. North Dakota State).
• The Gophers went on to lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, marking the just the second time in nine games this season that Minnesota has led after the first 15 minutes (led NDSU 7-0 after first quarter on Sept. 24).
• Minnesota’s 8:26 drive toward the end of the second quarter for a field goal was the Gophers’ longest scoring drive of the season.
• Minnesota’s offense racked up 415 yards, its second most this season, against the nation’s No. 2 ranked total defense unit that was averaging holding opponents to just 228.8 yards per game this seson.
• The Gopher defense recorded two sacks for its third multiple-sack game of the season and its second in as many weeks. Minnesota had three sacks against both Purdue and Iowa earlier this season.
• Quarterback MarQueis Gray passed for a career-high 287 yards. His previous best was 211 vs. New Mexico State earlier this season. His 19 completions were also a career best.
• Gray also led the Gophers with 71 rushing yards.
• Gray’s three touchdown passes today were a career high and marked the second time this season he has tossed multiple TD passes in a game. He also threw for two TDs vs. New Mexico State.
• Gray’s three TD passes were the most by a Gopher QB since Adam Weber tossed three scores against Penn State last season on Oct. 23, 2010.
• Gray’s 64-yard TD pass to Da’Jon McKnight was a career-long completion, topping the 61-yard connection he made with Devin Crawford-Tufts last week vs. Iowa.
• Wide receiver Da’Jon McKnight hauled had a career-best tying nine receptions for a career-high 173 yards.
• With three touchdowns today, McKnight recorded his first multiple-touchdown game since hauling in three against Penn State on Oct. 23, 2010. His three TDs today also equaled his career high for a game.
• McKnight’s 64-yard touchdown catch to open today’s scoring was a career-long reception for the senior, eclipsing the 53-yard catch he had earlier this season vs. Nebraska. He added a 13-yard TD grab later in the first quarter.
• McKnight now has 15 career touchdown catches and is tied for fifth on the Gophers’ career TD receptions list.
• Ge’Shun Harris hauled in a 28-yard reception during the third quarter for his first career reception.
• Jordan Wettstein’s 27-yard field goal in the second quarter was the second of his career and his second in as many weeks after taking over kicking duties last week vs. Iowa.
• Anthony Jacobs’ forced fumble by Edwin Baker was the second FF of his career. Jacobs also forced a fumble vs. North Dakota State earlier this season.
• The combined sack recorded by Michael Amaefula and Aaron Hill during the second quarter was the second sack of the season for Amaefula and the first of his career for Hill.
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