DETROIT - A long, injury riddled season came to an end Monday night for Minnesota on a positive note as the Gophers were able to outlast the Chippewas from Central Michigan 21-14 to take the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. Chippewa quarterback Cooper Rush came into the game averaging more than 300 yards a game through the air with a completion percentage of 67%. Minnesota was able to make him uncomfortable all day and the experienced secondary gave his receivers no room to work with as Rush finished the day with only 145 passing yards with a 51% completion percentage.
Quarterback Mitch Leidner may have played his best game in a Gopher uniform this evening as the junior quarterback completed 80% of his passes for 223 yards through the air with one touchdown and one interception and also had a key rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota the lead. Leidner would have had an even bigger date if it weren't for a few drops from his receivers.
Minnesota's seniors in the secondary had themselves a great final game as a Gopher as Briean Boddy-Calhoun finished with five total tackles, two pass break ups and a game-changing interception in the 4th quarter. Eric Murray was locking down his side of the field as well as Rush didn't even test him for most of the game.
By the numbers
80 - completion percentage of Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner
381 - total yards for Minnesota on the day
35:29 - time of possession for the Gophers
24:31 - time of possession for the Chippewas