Gophers Roll Over Indiana State 58-28
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mitch Leidner completed 20 of 30 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as Minnesota rolled to 592 total yards in a 58-28 win over Indiana State.
After struggling early in a win against Oregon State, the Gophers (2-0) were looking for a quick start, and they got it. Leidner converted three times on third down on Minnesota's opening drive. Then he dropped a 20-yard rainbow into wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky's hands in the corner of the end zone for Minnesota's first score.
Minnesota's senior quarterback kept the offense rolling all day against its FCS opponent. The Gophers scored five touchdowns and a field goal in seven first-half possessions and put points on the board in nine of the 10 drives Leidner led.
Overall, Minnesota's offensive output was the sixth-most yards in school history and its most points in a game since 2006.
Indiana State quarterback Isaac Harker threw three touchdown passes, all to wide receiver Robert Tonyan, and caught a 10-yard touchdown off a reverse option pass by wide receiver Bob Pugh.
The Sycamores (1-1) are 0-16 all-time against teams in the current Big Ten.
Minnesota: Junior running back Kobe McCrarymade quite an impression in his first extended duty with the Gophers. McCrary ran 17 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He slashed through the Sycamores defense for a 6-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter he added a 43-yard run and a 50-yard touchdown run on the same drive.
The Gophers have a week off, then host Colorado State on Sept. 24. Last year the Gophers beat the Rams 23-20 in overtime at Fort Collins.