Kill back on sidelines and Gophers get first winMinnesota Sports
-- MarQueis Gray threw for 163 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 171 more to lead Minnesota to a 29-23 win over Miami-Ohio in non-conference action at TCF Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS - MarQueis Gray threw for 163 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 171 more to lead Minnesota to a 29-23 win over Miami-Ohio in non-conference action at TCF Bank Stadium.
Gray completed 11-of-21 passing and rushed 25 times, averaging 6.8 per carry for Minnesota (1-2), which had head coach Jerry Kill back on the sideline after he suffered a seizure on the sideline during last weekend's game against New Mexico State. The win marked Kill's first victory with the school.
Miami-Ohio (0-2) was led by quarterback Zac Dysert, who completed 27-of-47 passes for 325 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Nick Harwell had a big day, catching 12 balls for 162 yards.
Miami-Ohio took the early lead with a 22-yard field goal by Mason Krysinski three minutes into the game, and Minnesota answered with a 33-yard field goal of its own by Chris Hawthorne to tie the score 3-3 at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.
Donnell Kirkwood had a four-yard touchdown run to make it 10-3 with 14:31 remaining in the half, and Hawthorne tacked on a field goal to make it 13-3 with just 9:30 to play in the second quarter. Erik Finklea pulled Miami-Ohio within three after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left in the half.
Hawthorne hit his third field goal of the day midway through the third quarter, a 26-yarder that pushed the Golden Gophers' lead to 16-10. On the next drive, Dysert hit Chris Givens on a seven-yard touchdown pass, but the PAT snap was fumbled and the score stayed knotted at 16.
Gray engineered a 12-play, 60 yard drive at the end of the third quarter, and found John Rabe on a one-yard touchdown pass at the 14:23 mark of the fourth quarter to give the Golden Gophers a 23-16 lead. Four minutes later in the fourth, Duane Bennett returned a blocked punt four yards for another Minnesota score, making it 29-16.
Dysert answered by leading the RedHawks 80 yards in eight plays, finding Dawan Scott on a 26-yard touchdown to close the gap to 29-23.
Miami-Ohio had one final chance after getting the ball back with just under three minutes left. Dysert drove the Redhawks 46 yards down to the Minnesota 20, but his pass intended for Givens in the end zone fell incomplete as time expired.