Rodney Smith, Gophers
With Shannon Brooks sidelined, the sophomore posted career highs in rushing yards (125), touchdowns (two) and carries (25).
Tai’yon Devers, Gophers
The true freshman defensive end changed the game with a pair of quarterback sacks and forced fumbles that set up scores.
BY THE NUMBERS
56 Yards on kickoff return by Jalen Myrick on the first play of the season.
25 Leidner’s career rushing touchdowns, putting him past Rickey Foggie for most by a quarterback in school history.
4 Punts that Ryan Santoso placed inside the 20 in his first game as punter.
3 Catches by freshman Tyler Johnson of Minneapolis North in his first college game.
8 Penalties by the Gophers for 70 yards.
36 Passing yards by Leidner in the first half.
74 Total offensive plays for both teams.