Gophers Rally Comes Up Short Against Spartans 16 Oct 17

FOOTBALL
MINNEAPOLIS — L.J. Scott returned from an injury to rush for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns , helping 21st-ranked Michigan State hang on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota on a soggy Saturday night after kickoff was delayed 34 minutes by lightning strikes.

Madre London pitched in 74 yards rushing and a score, Matt Coghlin made three field goals and the Spartans (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) maintained the momentum created by beating Michigan on the strength of a dominant performance by their offensive line.

Demry Croft relieved a struggling Conor Rhoda at quarterback for the Gophers (3-3, 0-3) in the middle of the second quarter and connected with Tyler Johnson for three touchdown passes in the fourth. The late surge wasn’t enough to overcome the bruising, pulling and trapping Spartans blockers who wore down an injury-depleted Gophers defense.

Scott was only a spectator for the fun in the previous game, when the Spartans went on the road and forced five turnovers by the Wolverines to hold on through a thunderstorm for a 14-10 win.

That proved to be a beneficial experience, given the torrential rain that fell sideways in the swirling wind right before the game and during much of the first half. The wet weather was a major factor early. Punter Jake Hartbarger dropped a high snap after a three-and-out by the Spartans on their first possession, and the Gophers jumped on the ball at the 3.

But just as they did later in the first quarter after an interception of Brian Lewerke by Gophers safety Duke McGhee at the 34, the Spartans stiffened on defense and gave up only a field goal. The Gophers netted 1 yard on those two scoring drives.

The Spartans had 199 yards rushing, excluding the 28-yard loss Hartbarger took on the fumble, through three quarters. They held the ball for 13:28 in the third quarter, with just 1:32 of possession time for the Gophers.

MEN’S HOCKEY
Friday
MINNEAPOLIS – No. 7 Gopher Hockey opened its home and Big Ten conference seasons suffering a 3-1 defeat against No. 11 Penn State on Friday evening at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn matched a program record with his 78th consecutive start between the pipes for the Maroon & Gold, making 26 saves on the day. Junior Ryan Norman tallied his first goal of the season in the third for Minnesota’s lone score of the game, assisted by junior Darian Romanko and sophomore Ryan Zuhlsdorf.

Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS – Brannon McManus’ third period hat trick – his first three collegiate goals — pushed the No. 7 Gopher Hockey program to a 6-3 victory over No. 11 Penn State on Sunday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci with Minnesota rookies scoring five of the team’s six tallies in the win.
Casey Mittelstadt and Sam Rossini joined McManus as freshmen goal scorers while Brent Gates Jr. picked up the remaining goal to represent the Maroon & Gold upperclassmen. McManus and Tommy Novak, who notched his second career three-point night with three assists, led the way as 11 Gophers tallied points in the game while Eric Schierhorn picked up the win in his 79th-straight start for Minnesota, setting a new program record.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
Friday
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Behind goals from Grace Zumwinkle, Cara Piazza, and Taylor Wente and 27 saves from Sidney Peters, the No. 9 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team skated to a 3-1 win over Bemidji State in game one of this week’s series Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center.

Saturday
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Sydney Baldwin scored the game-winning goal in overtime to secure a 4-3 win and WCHA series sweep for the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team at the Sanford Center Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota (3-2-1, 2-1-1-0 WCHA) received goals in regulation from Nicole Schammel, Patti Marshall, and Caitlin Reilly before Baldwin scored her first goal of the year at the 1:04 mark of overtime to put the game away.

VOLLEYBALL
The No. 6 University of Minnesota completed a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) over Iowa Sunday in front of 5,209 fans at Maturi Pavilion. The Golden Gophers are now 6-2 in the Big Ten and 17-2 overall.
The win marked Minnesota’s 11th sweep of the season and now are 11-2 in three-set matches this year. As a team, Minnesota hit .305 and produced 51 kills. The Gophers also put up 14 blocks and had 57 digs and held Iowa to a 13.9 hitting percentage, 37 kills and 48 digs.

Alexis Hart lead Minnesota with 16 kills and hit .412 in the game. Regan Pittman added 10 and hit .471, Stephanie Samedy tacked on 11 kills and Molly Lohman had nine kills and nine blocks. Samantha Seliger-Swenson added a double-double when she had 39 assists and 10 digs. Dalianliz Rosado had 14 digs, while Lauren Barnes had 10.

The Gophers are set to travel to Ohio State on October 18th to face the Buckeyes before returning to Maturi Pavilion on October 21st to face Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m.