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Minnesota improves to 4-2 on the season with road win at Maryland

Minnesota used a strong running game and a stingy defense to earn their first conference win of the year at Maryland.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers arrived in College Park, Maryland with one thing on their mind.  Get a win over the Maryland Terrapins.

The Gophers were trying to regain the momentum of the season following back-to-back losses to open Big Ten play against Penn State and Iowa after Minnesota had opened the season 3-0.  The Gophers were also playing without fifth year senior quarterback Mitch Leidner for the first time in 27 games, instead giving junior quarterback Conor Rhoda his first career start.

Minnesota used a formula of a strong running attack and stingy defense to shutdown the Terrapins 31-10.  Leading the way on offense were sophomore running backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.  Smith finished with 18 carries for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a back breaking 70-yard scoring jaunt on 4th and 1.  Brooks used a season high 22 carries to gain 86 yards and also chipped in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Rhoda.

Minnesota (4-2, 1-2) will return home next Saturday to welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-5, 0-4) to TCF Bank Stadium.

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