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Western Illinois vs Minnesota Recap - Golden Gophers Win 29-12

Western Illinois vs Minnesota Recap - Golden Gophers Win 29-12

The Golden Gophers grabbed a Week 3 victory over the Leathernecks on Saturday, winning 29-12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 27-point spread. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 46.5.

Mitch Leidner completed 7 of 8 pass attempts for 105 yards for the Golden Gophers in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

J.C. Baker rushed for 50 yards for Western Illinois, while Nikko Watson added 26 yards. Trenton Norvell threw for 162 yards for the Leathernecks, while receivers Kyle Hammonds and Lance Lenoir had 65 and 54 yards respectively.

Minnesota outgained Western Illinois 337-230 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 18-11 by the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota led the time of possession tally, as the game finished as a 34:24/25:36 split in that important category.

Minnesota looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against San Jose State. Western Illinois will aim to get back on the winning track at UNLV.