Minnesota vs. Ohio: By The Numbers


Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

After a late touchdown gave the Minnesota Golden Gophers a 27-24 victory over the Ohio Bobcats, here are some notable numbers from Saturday’s game.

264- Gophers’ quarterback Mitch Leidner set a career-high 264 passing yards on Saturday

5.9- Gophers’ running back Rodney Smith averaged 5.9 yards per carry against Ohio, after averaging just 2.4 yards per carry against Kent State last week.

5.7– As a team, the Gophers averaged 5.7 yards per carry on Saturday. After struggling to get anything going on the ground against Kent State, Minnesota got things back on track.

82- Gophers’ freshman running back Shannon Brooks got his first extended action on Saturday. He finished with 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winner in the fourth quarter).

8.2- Brooks averaged 8.2 yards per carry on Saturday, including two 20-plus yard runs on his first three attempts.

9- Leidner completed 22 passes on Saturday, to nine different receivers. Wide receiver KJ Maye led the way with five catches for 64 yards, and seven guys had at least two catches.

18- Leidner had the 18th rushing touchdown of his career against Ohio, which tied him for second all-time among Gophers’ quarterbacks in rushing scores.

4- Time of possession was nearly equal on Saturday, with Minnesota (30:02) having just a four second edge on Ohio (29:58). Perhaps no other number reflects how close the game was.

468- The Gophers had 468 offensive yards on Saturday, including a season-high 204 rushing yards.

345- The Bobcats had 345 yards of offense, with fairly even balance (194 passing yards and 151 rushing yards).

9- Ohio committed nine penalties for 51 yards on Saturday, including a delay of game penalty on kicker Josiah Yazdani that took them out of field goal range in the final minute.

8-for-16- Ohio was 8-for-16 on third down against the Gophers

24- Minnesota had 24 first downs on Saturday

18- Ohio had 18 first downs during Saturday’s game

2- Redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Gentry had the first two catches of his career against Ohio, for 36 yards.

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