FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe stripped running back Dalyn Dawkins on the first play of overtime and Ryan Santoso kicked an 18-yard field goal, giving Minnesota a 23-20 win over Colorado State on Saturday.
The game was dominated by defense until the final minute of regulation.
After converting just 4 of 17 third downs, the Gophers (1-1) converted a fourth-and-6 pass play from their 40 on their way to the go-ahead touchdown with 55 seconds left - a 22-yard pass from Mitch Leidner to KJ Maye that put Minnesota ahead 20-17.
But two freshmen came up big for the Rams. Backup quarterback Coleman Key led CSU (1-1) quickly downfield and Wyatt Bryan calmly kicked a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation after Minnesota coach Jerry Kill failed to ice him by calling back-to-back timeouts.
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