New Mexico State Upsets Minnesota

(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. He was on his back, and at times his arms and legs were flapping back and forth. After about 15 minutes, Kill was hoisted on a stretcher and rolled off the field as the crowd clapped and chanted his first name. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

FINAL: New Mexico State took home a 28-21 win over Minnesota thanks to the chemistry between Andrew Manley and Taveon Rogers, who led the passing attack for the Aggies on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The teammates combined for four completions for 88 yards. New Mexico State’s passing game looked unstoppable at times against the Golden Gophers’ defense. The Aggies’ air attack couldn’t be contained, as they torched Minnesota for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Manley completed 20 of 30 passes for New Mexico State. He threw three touchdowns. At one point, the Golden Gophers trailed by 14 points, and while Minnesota made a run in the game’s late stages, it couldn’t complete the comeback against the Aggies. Home run plays keyed New Mexico State’s scoring attack. The Aggies had five plays of 20 yards or more on their way to victory. With 12:21 to go in the second quarter, Manley tossed a 41-yard touchdown to Rogers, New Mexico State’s longest play on the day. The long touchdown gave the Aggies a 14-7 lead. The Golden Gophers’ MarQueis Gray passed for 212 yards, completing 16 of 32 throws. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. Gray was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 98 yards on 16 attempts. Gray looked for Da’Jon McKnight often. He caught 10 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Minnesota’s offense finished the game having gained 415 yards, including 240 passing yards on 18 completions. Rushing was a key ingredient in the Golden Gophers’ offensive mix, bringing them 175 yards on 35 carries. New Mexico State’s offense finished the game having gained 431 yards. In addition to Manley’s efforts through the air, the Aggies also rushed 37 times for 134 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER: New Mexico State’s Robert Clay starred in the fourth quarter. He ran for 24 yards and the Aggies stopped a late Minnesota rally to win 28-21. The Golden Gophers capped off a 68-yard drive when MarQueis Gray tossed a five-yard touchdown to Da’Jon McKnight to make the score 28-21. Minnesota’s Gray went over 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, he finished the game 212 yards passing.

THIRD QUARTER: New Mexico State holds a 28-14 advantage over Minnesota at the end of the third quarter in what would be an upset. The Aggies added to their advantage when Robert Clay pounded in a two-yard touchdown run capping off a nine-play, 94-yard drive to give New Mexico State a 28-14 lead. The Golden Gophers’ Da’Jon McKnight went over 100 yards receiving for the game in the quarter, he now has 102 yards receiving in the game. Minnesota has possession on its 38-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

SECOND QUARTER: Minnesota on upset alert at the end of the second quarter, trailing New Mexico State by a score of 21-14. New Mexico State threw for 164 yards during the quarter. Andrew Manley found Taveon Rogers open for a 41-yard touchdown pass to break the tie and give the Aggies a 14-7 advantage after a three-play, 80-yard drive. New Mexico State opened up a 21-7 lead after Manley threw a four-yard touchdown pass to David Quiroga to end an eight-play, 46-yard drive. The Aggies started in good field position at Minnesota’s 46-yard line because the Golden Gophers failed to convert on fourth-and-3. A 69-yard drive that ended when MarQueis Gray tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Collin McGarry helped Minnesota narrow the deficit to 21-14. The Golden Gophers capped a last-minute drive by scoring with eight seconds left on the clock. The drive drained the clock for 43 seconds. New Mexico State’s Manley went over 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, he now has 225 yards passing in the game. Minnesota will get the ball to start the second half.

FIRST QUARTER: New Mexico State’s Taveon Rogers caught two passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, but the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. The Aggies took the game’s first lead after Andrew Manley tossed a 26-yard touchdown to Rogers on the last play of a six-play, 60-yard drive to give New Mexico State a 7-0 advantage. Minnesota tied things up at seven when a nine-play, 88-yard drive ended after Lamonte Edwards turned a handoff into a four-yard touchdown. The Golden Gophers relied on a run play just three times. Minnesota has the ball on the Aggies’ 34-yard line to begin the second quarter.

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