Minnesota at New Mexico State

Minnesota pounces on New Mexico St. miscues, 44-21

The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row and Roddrick Williams Jr. rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead a 44-21 victory Saturday night at New Mexico State.

The Gophers made sure the Aggies wound not repeat their 28-21 upset form two seasons ago in the second meeting between the schools.

The Gophers (2-0) opened with a 51-23 victory at home against UNLV last week. NMSU (0-2) took a 56-7 beating at Texas last week.

Despite the final score, the outcome wasn't fully settled in the second-ever meeting between these two until midway through the fourth quarter.

Phillip Nelson was 8 of 15 for 127 through the air and carried 15 times for 122 yards as the Gophers rolled up 342 yards on the ground.

Andrew McDonald was 22 of 31 for 186 to lead the Aggies.

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Scoring Summary
MINNChris Hawthorne 45 yd FG
MINNChris Hawthorne 22 yd FG
MINNDavid Cobb 14 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
NMEXSTBrandon Betancourt 1 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)
MINNRodrick Williams 1 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNMarcus Jones 65 yd punt return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNChris Hawthorne 27 yd FG
NMEXSTGermi Morrison 1 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)
MINNPhilip Nelson 1 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNAaron Hill 50 yd fumble return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
NMEXSTGermi Morrison 1 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2121
Third Down Efficiency2-97-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-3
Plays-Net Yards58-46981-356
Passing Yds127253
Kick Return Yds1595
Punt Return Yds672
Time of Poss.28:1131:49
Individual Stats
MINN: Rodrick Williams 16-148, Philip Nelson 15-122, David Cobb 9-56, Mitch Leidner 2-11, Donovahn Jones 1-5
NMEXST: Germi Morrison 19-32, Andrew McDonald 10-30, King Davis III 4-29, Jordan Bergstrom 1-8, Brandon Betancourt 7-4
MINN: Philip Nelson 8-15-127-1
NMEXST: Andrew McDonald 22-31-186-0, King Davis III 7-9-67-0
MINN: Derrick Engel 2-51, Maxx Williams 2-37, Logan Hutton 2-26, Donovahn Jones 1-7, David Cobb 1-6
NMEXST: Jordan Bergstrom 8-60, Joshua Bowen 6-38, Brandon Betancourt 4-22, Joseph Matthews 3-53, Germi Morrison 3-21, Adam Shapiro 2-26, Perris Scoggins 2-12, Jerrel Brown 1-21
Minnesota4th Big Ten West5-49-4
New Mexico State8th Sun Belt 2-63-9

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