MarQueis Gray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime, and Minnesota finally enjoyed an easy victory over an FCS-level opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7 on Saturday. Gray passed only eight times but completed six for 100 yards and scores to Isaac Fruechte and John Rabe. Gray also gained 109 yards on 17 rushing attempts, including a 75-yard untouched burst at the end of the first quarter.
Virginia’s Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Sam Ficken‘s fourth missed field goal of the game – from 42 yards at the gun – preserved the Cavaliers’ 17-16 victory over Penn State. The loss in new coach Bill O’Brien’s first road game hurt the Nittany Lions just as much, if not moreso, than their defeat last weekend at home against Ohio.
Braxton Miller had a productive quarter for Ohio State. He threw for 75 yards and one touchdown and ran for 29 yards and one touchdown, and the Buckeyes now lead 31-16. Ohio State added to its advantage when Miller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner, the final play on a 12-play, 76-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 24-10.
Minnesota held New Hampshire to 17 yards on the ground during the third quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 37-7. Minnesota has scored the game’s last 28 points. The Gophers’ latest score came after marching down the field for a 16-play, 85-yard drive that ended when Donnell Kirkwood ran two yards to paydirt. Pass plays were an afterthought for Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers threw just three passes on that possession.
Minnesota held New Hampshire to six yards on the ground during the second quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 30-7. Minnesota is currently on a 21-point run. The Golden Gophers made their lead 23-7 when MarQueis Gray and John Rabe combined for a two-yard touchdown on the last play of an eight-play, 67-yard drive.
Minnesota ran for 100 yards in the quarter, and the Golden Gophers lead 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota stuffed Mike MacArthur in the endzone for a safety to make the score 2-0. The Golden Gophers expanded their lead to 9-0 thanks to a one-play, 27-yard drive that ended when MarQueis Gray found Isaac Fruechte open for a 27-yard touchdown pass.