Riley Smeltzer, Kelley and Lake Baumiller had 10 tackles each for TC and Darius Stanley had seven. Dowell disrupted a lot of Gopher plays with his penetration.
The Gophers suffered a setback when junior running back Nik Royer went down early in the first quarter. He laid on the field from some 30 minutes while being attended by trainers and doctors for what was later diagnosed for a severe back strain. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and Gopher coach Shawn Wines later learned he was up and walking with no serious injuries.