Boxscore
Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23
Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 44921

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Michigan 3 7 7 6 23
Minnesota 7 14 7 0 28

Recap


Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23: Max Shortell came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes, lifting host Minnesota past Western Michigan.

A.J. Barker had five receptions for 101 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Gophers, who are off to their first 3-0 start since winning their first four games in 2008.

Shortell, forced into action due to an ankle injury to starter MarQueis Gray late in the first quarter, connected on a pair of scoring strikes to Barker - a 9-yard score and a 53 yarder - in the final 1:59 of the first half to give Minnesota a 21-10 lead at intermission.

Shortell also hit Drew Goodger with a 9-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter and finished 10 of 17 for 188 yards with one interception.

Dareyon Chance rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown for the Broncos (1-2), who fell to 0-2 against Big Ten opponents after losing to Illinois 24-7 in the season opener. Alex Carder threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jaime Wilson with 4:18 to play to bring Western Michigan within 28-23.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Gray was carted off the field with an apparent left ankle injury late in the second quarter. He connected on 3 of 6 passes for 29 yards and a TD and rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries before he was hurt. ... Chance's previous high for rushing was 58 yards on seven carries last week against Eastern Illinois. ... Barker, a walk-on, set Minnesota state records for touchdowns (50) and receiving yards (4,018) in high school.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 6:07
Western Michigan   FG  Minnesota 0 - Western Michigan 3
1st Quarter - 2:00
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 7 - Western Michigan 3
2nd Quarter - 4:37
Western Michigan   TD  Minnesota 7 - Western Michigan 10
2nd Quarter - 1:59
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 14 - Western Michigan 10
2nd Quarter - 0:30
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 21 - Western Michigan 10
3rd Quarter - 10:54
Western Michigan   TD  Minnesota 21 - Western Michigan 17
3rd Quarter - 7:13
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 28 - Western Michigan 17
4th Quarter - 4:18
Western Michigan   TD  Minnesota 28 - Western Michigan 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Michigan Minnesota
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Michigan Minnesota
Score 23 28
First Downs 21 19
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-19
42%
5-for-11
45%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 374 397
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-165 43-180
Average/Rush 4.3 4.2
Passing
Comp-Att 24-44 13-24
Passing Yards 209 217
Average/Pass Play 4.5 8.7
Penalties-Yards 8-82 9-56
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 27:52 32:08

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Carder 24/44 209 1 1
Minnesota (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Shortell 10/17 188 3 1
M. Gray 3/6 29 1 0
K. Maye 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Chance 29 144 5.0 1
B. Fields 2 13 6.5 0
A. Carder 6 7 1.2 0
A. Scriven 1 1 1.0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Kirkwood 23 110 4.8 0
M. Gray 11 57 5.2 0
J. Gillum 4 8 2.0 0
M. Shortell 3 6 2.0 0
M. Jones 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Wilson 10 117 11.7 1
J. Schaffer 4 42 10.5 0
B. Hammond 3 26 8.7 0
J. Collins 1 9 9.0 0
M. Cutler 2 7 3.5 0
D. Braverman 1 5 5.0 0
D. Chance 3 3 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Barker 5 101 20.2 3
D. Engel 2 39 19.5 0
I. Fruechte 3 39 13.0 0
M. Jones 1 16 16.0 0
J. Rabe 1 13 13.0 0
D. Goodger 1 9 9.0 1
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