Minnesota led 21-3 after the first quarter, but Rutgers rallied behind Gio Rescigno (220 passing yards) and Justin Goodwin (179 all-purpose yards). Minnesota needed a 28-yard field goal from Emmit Carpenter with six seconds remaining to avoid a devastating loss.
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Shurmur was able to provide great detail on Bradford's capabilities, having coached the No. 1 overall pick in his rookie year of 2010, when Shurmur was Rams offensive coordinator, and again last year, when he was Eagles offensive coordinator.
Rodney Smith gained most of the yardage on the drive, but Leidner hit Wolitarsky with a 9-yard pass for a first down and added an 8-yard rush. Emmit Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with six seconds remaining gave the Gophers a 34-32 win.