The Gophers struggled all game moving the ball and putting points on the board, but in the fourth quarter the offense got it going. Minnesota put up 14 points first with Gopher quarterback Mitch Leidner finding tight end Maxx Williams over the middle for a 20 yard passing score and a few minutes later found Drew Wolitarsky on a 55 yard bomb for Wolitarsky's first career touchdown.
Just like last year in the bowl game, Minnesota was unable to hold the lead. Punter Peter Mortell hit a deep punt, but too deep as he out drove his coverage team and Syracuse's punt returner Brisly Estime bursted for a 70 yard return to set up the Orange in business at the Minnesota 14 yard line. It didn't take long for Syracuse to capitalize with a 1:14 left in the game Syracuse's signal caller Terrel Hunt run up the middle untouched for a 12 yard game winning touchdown.
The Gophers are usually a very disciplined team, but committed 8 penalties for 65 yards on the day and only had 26 seconds more time of possession than Syracuse. Both areas were places that the Gophers were hoping they could win, but they ultimately fell short in those departments and in the win department.Minnesota finished the season 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten, but with all the distractions, injuries and adversity overcome, I think most Golden Gophers fans would still chalk this season up as a win.