Minnesota vs. Central Michigan: Quick Lane Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Minnesota vs. Central Michigan Quick Lane Bowl recap, score and what's next for the Golden Gophers and Chippewas.

    December 28, 2015

    Minnesota vs. Central Michigan Quick Lane Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Golden Gophers and Chippewas.

    Quick Lane Bowl Recap

    Score: Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14

    Prediction: Minnesota 31, Central Michigan 21, Line: Minnesota -6, o/u: 56.5

    And You Care Because … Mitch Leidner ran for a 13-yard touchdown with under five minutes to play, and converted the two-point conversion on a throw to KJ Maye, to give Minnesota a 21-14 lead, and the defense held on from there. The Gopher secondary held the high-powered CMU passing game to 145 yards and just 249 total, but the CMU running game worked with QB Cooper Rush running for a one-yard score and Romello Ross barreling his way for a 13-yard score on the way to a 14-13 lead, but the Gophers answered with a 74-yard drive taking close to seven minutes for the game-winning score.

    What Else?

    – Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner completed 24-of-30 passes for 223 yards and a score with a pick, and ran nine times for 19 yards and a score.

    – Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush completed 15-of-29 passes for 145 yards with a pick, and ran for a score.

    – Minnesota RB Rodney Smith ran 15 times for 74 yards, and Shannon Brooks ran 15 times for 65 yards

    – Central Michigan RB Romello Ross ran 19 times for 100 yards and a score.

    – Minnesota P Peter Mortell averaged 46 yards per punt putting all four of his kicks inside the 20

    – It’s the 25th straight game Minnesota hasn’t allowed a 300-yard passer.

    Game Rating: B. It wasn’t scintillating, but the Minnesota defense did a great job against Cooper Rush, and Mitch Leidner came up with a strong overall performance. Call it the first big win of Tracy Claeys new coaching career for the Gophers.


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