Minnesota’s starting quarterback MarQueis Gray left the game with an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter.
Dareyon Chance’s six-yard touchdown run put Western Michigan on top 10-7, putting a bow on a four-play, 18-yard drive. The Broncos started in good field position when Western Michigan recovered a fumble.
Max Shortell’s nine-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Barker finished off a six-play, 75-yard drive and gave the Golden Gophers the lead, 14-10.
Minnesota expanded its lead to 21-10 thanks to a three-play, 45-yard drive that ended when Shortell and Barker hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown. The clock was the Golden Gophers’ friend down the stretch, as the final score came with 30 seconds left to play. Minnesota’s drive took 30 seconds in all.
The Broncos will get the ball to start the second half.
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