Boxscore
Minnesota 17, Syracuse 10
Saturday, September 22, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 50805

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Syracuse 3 0 0 7 10
Minnesota 7 0 7 3 17

Recap


Minnesota 17, Syracuse 10
: Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns as host Minnesota defeated Syracuse for its first 4-0 start since 2008.

Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib hit Marcus Sales for a 14-yard score with 46 seconds left, but Minnesota recovered Ross Krautman’s onside kick to seal the victory and advance into Big Ten play undefeated.

The Golden Gophers' defense forced Syracuse (1-3) into four turnovers and recorded three sacks. Max Shortell, filling in for the injured MarQueis Gray (ankle), completed 16 of 30 passes for 231 yards.

Kirkwood put Minnesota on the board with a 2-yard run five minutes into the game. Following a 33-yard field goal from Krautman, Kirkwood powered in from 1 yard out early in the third to give the Gophers a 14-3 lead.

Jordan Wettstein added a 43-yard field goal with 3:20 left in regulation before Nassib found Sales to finish the scoring.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Wettstein missed his other two field goal attempts. … Syracuse receiver Alec Lemon caught nine passes for 106 yards and moved into first place on the school's all-time receptions list with 145. Lemon passed Scott Schwedes (1983-86) and Shelby Hill (1990-93), who each had 139. … Sales finished with just two receptions for 32 yards after recording at least 100 yards and one touchdown in each of his last four games.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 6:59
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 7 - Syracuse 0
1st Quarter - 1:54
Syracuse   FG  Minnesota 7 - Syracuse 3
3rd Quarter - 10:13
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 14 - Syracuse 3
4th Quarter - 3:20
Minnesota   FG  Minnesota 17 - Syracuse 3
4th Quarter - 0:46
Syracuse   TD  Minnesota 17 - Syracuse 10
TEAMS

Team Records

  Syracuse Minnesota
W/L 1 - 3 - 0 4 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Syracuse Minnesota
Score 10 17
First Downs 21 20
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-13
31%
6-for-15
40%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 350 337
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-122 41-106
Average/Rush 3.7 2.6
Passing
Comp-Att 21-31 16-30
Passing Yards 228 231
Average/Pass Play 6.7 7.2
Penalties-Yards 10-79 8-63
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Time of Possession 26:22 33:38

PLAYER STATS

Syracuse (1 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Nassib 21/31 228 1 2
Minnesota (4 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Shortell 16/30 231 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Smith 9 52 5.8 0
P. Gulley 10 48 4.8 0
A. Brolyd 3 11 3.7 0
R. Nassib 11 11 1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Kirkwood 28 99 3.5 2
K. Maye 6 17 2.8 0
D. Crawford-Tufts 1 2 2.0 0
M. Shortell 4 -8 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Lemon 9 106 11.8 0
J. West 5 56 11.2 0
M. Sales 2 32 16.0 1
B. Wales 2 22 11.0 0
P. Gulley 2 7 3.5 0
A. Brolyd 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Crawford-Tufts 3 67 22.3 0
A. Barker 4 52 13.0 0
I. Fruechte 1 34 34.0 0
D. Goodger 3 27 9.0 0
M. Jones 2 24 12.0 0
D. Engel 1 17 17.0 0
J. Rabe 2 10 5.0 0
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