Gophers 30, Oregon State 23

The recap: Oregon State took a 23-17 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter. But Mitch Leidner (130 passing yards, 76 rushing yards) and Rodney Smith (125 rushing yards) led the Gophers back with several big plays on the final two touchdown drives. Each finished with two rushing TDs.

What was learned: The Gophers are lucky they overcame several first-game hiccups against a 13-point underdog. They had three players ejected for targeting, two errant snaps (one for a safety), seven pre-snap penalties on offense and a fumbled punt.


• Wide receiver Rashad Still (shoulder) and linebacker Nick Rallis (elbow) will miss next week’s game with their respective injuries, coach Tracy Claeys said Friday.

• Cody Poock, ejected for targeting in the first half, will be eligible to return for the start of next week’s game. Devers and Jonathan Celestin must sit out the first half next week since their targeting penalties came in the second half against Oregon State.

• Four true freshman played, burning potential redshirts: wide receiver Tyler Johnson, defensive end Tai’yon Devers, linebacker Kamal Martin and defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. Winfield played only on special teams, but he’s expected to take on an increased role in the secondary.

• The Gophers managed just 22 sacks last year, ranking 84th in the nation. But they had four against Oregon State, including two by Devers, one by Steven Richardson and one by Andrew Stelter.

UP NEXT: Indiana State

11 a.m., Sept. 10, TCF Bank Stadium

TV: ESPNNews. Radio: 100.3-FM

Records: Gophers 1-0, Indiana State 0-0

– running back Shannon Brooks (foot), tight end Brandon Lingen (shoulder), Eric Carter (ankle) – knowing they have an open date the following week.