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MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota over UNLV 30-27 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Wettstein’s field goal was set up by Derrick Wells‘ second interception against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27.
At the end of the fourth quarter, UNLV and Minnesota are knotted up 13-13.
UNLV’s Tim Cornett ran for 13 yards and one touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Rebels a 10-7 lead entering the final 15 minutes.
Minnesota held UNLV to 10 yards on the ground during the second quarter and the Golden Gophers have taken the lead 7-3. Minnesota threw for 88 yards during the quarter.
In the first quarter, Donnell Kirkwood fought back for Minnesota. He ran for 27 yards, but the Golden Gophers trail 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Every Minnesota football player will wear a patch on their jersey in honor of late ex-teammate Gary Tinsley during the 2012 season. For Thursday night’s season opener at UNLV, linebacker Keanon Cooper also will wear Tinsley’s old number, No. 51. Cooper normally wears No. 4. Talk about a great tribute for a former teammate and friend.