MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shannon Brooks rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns — the last a 3-yard plunge with 30 seconds remaining — to lift Minnesota to a 27-24 victory over Ohio on Saturday.
Embattled quarterback Mitch Leidner led the 78-yard game-winning drive after Minnesota (3-1) fell behind 24-20 with 2:26 to play after Josiah Yazdani’s 41-yard field goal. Leidner completed 4 of 6 passes for 42 yards on the drive and finished with a career-high 264 yards passing for the Golden Gophers.
Derrius Vick completed 17 of 27 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns and A.J. Ouellette rushed for 59 yards and another score for Ohio (3-1). But Vick’s Hail Mary pass with the clock expiring was batted down, and the Gophers escaped.
Bowling Green 35,
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bowling Green coach Dino Babers gambled Saturday.
Matt Johnson and Travis Greene produced the big payoff.
After Greene took a handoff, he side-stepped one defender on his way to the hole and finished his 12-yard touchdown run by bowling over two more Purdue defenders with 9 seconds left to give the Falcons a 35-28 victory.
“Everybody in the stadium says you are going to throw it,” Babers said. “If you run it, and it doesn’t work, I have to stand in front of you guys and say I am a dumb-dumb. It did work, so I get to smile. I thought it was going to work.”
By making sure the play worked, the Falcons (2-2) have now beaten two Big Ten schools in three weeks. It’s the first time since 2003 they’ve beaten multiple power-conference teams in one season.
This time, Bowling Green didn’t even follow its traditional script.
While Johnson entered the weekend leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing touchdowns and yardage and extended his own single-season school record by topping the 400-yard mark for the fourth time this season, he wasn’t his usually efficient self. Johnson went 43 of 59 for 402 yards with one TD pass, one interception and took two sacks.
Greene also didn’t have to play the decoy.
When Purdue’s defense forced the Johnson to throw short, Greene became one of the feature attractions and responded like a star. He caught six passes for 75 yards, ran 11 times for 70 yards for two scores and executed the decisive run just like he envisioned it.
“I made my reads and looked at who I wanted to make miss,” Greene said. “Everything just happened right after that. It helps having our passing attack. If a team is going to play the pass, we are going to run the ball.”