Last-second field goal lifts Gophers past Michigan

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 10, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) &045; The Minnesota Golden Gophers planted their flag in the middle of the field and stormed Michigan’s sideline looking for the Little Brown Jug.

They definitely earned it.

Jason Giannini kicked a 30-yard field goal with a second left, lifting Minnesota to a 23-20 win over the 21st-ranked Wolverines on Saturday for the Gophers’ first win in the series since 1986.

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On third-and-10 from the Minnesota 26, Gary Russell ran 61 yards to set up the game-winning kick for the Gophers (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten).

After Michigan was unable to return the final kickoff for a score, the Gophers captured the bulky water jug &045; which dates to 1903 and is the oldest trophy in Division I-A football &045; lifted it over their heads and celebrated in front of a stunned crowd of 111,117.

“They probably didn’t think we’d get it,” linebacker Kyle McKenzie said.

The two-time defending conference champion Wolverines (3-3, 1-2) are off to their worst start since also having a 3-3 record in 1990.

Garrett Rivas had two chances to break a 20-all tie for the Wolverines, but he missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt late in the third quarter and a 34-yard kick with 8:27 left.

With backup quarterback Tony Mortensen playing for Bryan Cupito, who was shaken up by a hit, Minnesota coach Glen Mason said the Gophers were hoping to just hand the ball off and play for overtime.

“We definitely didn’t want to give the ball back to Michigan,” Mason said.

But Russell &045; who split time with star running back Laurence Maroney &045; ran around the right end and sprinted down the sideline to give Minnesota the ball at Michigan’s 13.

Maroney ran for 129 yards on 36 carries and Russell had 128 on 18 attempts. Cupito was 11-of-23 for 139 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out of the game by Woodley’s hit just after throwing an incomplete pass midway through the fourth quarter. Cupito left the game with a concussion, but Mason said he was OK.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:


1. Southern Cal (58)5-01,6181&160;

2. Texas (7)5-01,5652&160;

3. Virginia Tech6-01,4933&160;

4. Florida St.5-01,3934&160;

5. Georgia5-01,3895&160;

6. Alabama5-01,2447&160;

7. Miami4-11,2059&160;

8. Penn St.6-01,09616&160;

9. Notre Dame4-11,05812&160;

10. LSU3-11,05711&160;

11. Florida5-193513&160;

12. UCLA5-088920&160;

13. Texas Tech5-079415&160;

14. Boston College5-165618&160;

15. Ohio St.3-26416&160;

16. Michigan St.4-158119&160;

17. Tennessee3-25388&160;

18. California5-153710&160;

19. Louisville4-146123&160;

20. Oregon5-145625&160;

21. Auburn4-144122&160;

22. Minnesota5-1321&045;&160;

23. Wisconsin5-124114&160;

24. Colorado4-1222&045;&160;

25. TCU5-181&045;&160;

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 68, Arizona St. 43, Fresno St. 42, Nebraska 18, Georgia Tech 15, Iowa 13, Virginia 6, Michigan 3, Northwestern 3, Baylor 1, Toledo 1.