STATE RUNS PAST MINNESOTA 31-8

Edwin Baker ran for 179yards on a career high 27 carries and reached the end zone 4 times. This is what the Spartans looked for entering this match up against the Gophers who after this loss to the green and white remain winless in Big Ten play.

"We needed to get back to basics, coming into this game we all felt we needed a spark and thanks to the great play of the offensive line I felt I was able to give us the push we needed" said Baker

Two of Baker's four touchdowns came on fourth down and short plays at the Minnesota goal line including a run of right guard to go up 21-0 on the last play of the first half.

Even though his consecutive streak of throwing at least one touchdown in a game was snapped at 16 Kirk Cousins was able to move the offense when needed especially on some critical third down conversions in the second half. In total the Junior quarterback was 9-20 for 131 yards and an interception.

"We got back to what we do best, and more importantly we were able to set the tone early in a game with a touchdown, something we have not been able to do in the last couple of games." said Cousins after the game.

The Spartan defense was solid holding Minnesota to just 76 yards rushing and 2 for 12 on third down conversions.

Senior Adam Weber who holds the record for consecutive starts in the Big Ten for a quarterback went 15-22 for 167 yards an interception and a late touchdown pass.

"This is a huge win for our program, being able to once again bounce back after the loss to Iowa the way we did once again says a lot about the resilience of this team." Said Coach Mark Dantonio.

With the victory the 14th ranked Spartans improve to 9-1 overall which includes a 5-1 conference record entering a much needed bye week before the last home game of the year in two weeks against Purdue.


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