Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the loss while Ryan Nall led the team in all purpose yards with eight receptions for 80 yards and 71 yards rushing.
On his first strike, Garretson hit tight end Noah Togiai with a 6 yard pass with 6:47 left in the first quarter. A Garrett Owens point after attempt gave the Beavers the 7-0 lead. The Beavers held the lead into the second quarter, when a fumble by Garretson led to a short field for the Gophers and a 6-yard score to tie the game with 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Beavers and Garretson answered with a 30 yard strike to senior Victor Bolden with 1:24 left in the half, but a last second field goal gave the Gophers a three point lead heading into the locker room at half.
The third quarter belonged to the Beavers, who scored a safety on a bad snap and then scored a touchdown late in the quarter when Tim Cook took a screen pass in for the touchdown for a 23-17 lead. The Gophers blanked the Beavers in the fourth quarter however for the win.
The Gophers were led by running back Rodney Smith who rushed for 125 yards, including two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner was 13-26 for 130 yards and rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota played aggressive defense and lost three players for targeting penalties throughout the game, including freshman defensive end Tai'yon Devers who sacked Garretson twice, leading to two fumbles.null