The Gophers got into the red zone three times and got just a field goal. The lone positive trip was a short 21-yard field goal that came after David Cobb set up a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. Hawthorne was called upon to get the Gophers on the board after Philip Nelson’s pass to a wide open Drew Goodger was batted down at the line of scrimmage.
The other two trips to the red zone were unsuccessful following a sack and missed field goal and a turnover on a fumble.
The Gophers also turned over the ball twice on interceptions and forced only one to finish with a minus-two in the turnover differential department.
The Gopher defense stymied the Spartan offense the whole game, with the exception of the opening drives of each half.
The Spartans went 80 yards on seven plays in their first drive of the game and 75 yards on eight plays to open the second half. Both drives resulted in the team’s only touchdowns. Only once did the Spartans have another drive over 26 yards.
The Spartans (11-1 overall, 8-0 Big Ten) entered the game as the nation’s best run defense allowing less than 60 yards per game.
Cobb topped that mark before halftime and finished the game with 101 yards on 27 carries.
The Golden Gophers (8-4, 4-4) finish the regular season in the middle of the Legends Division standings and await an invitation to a bowl game.
Minnesota…………0 3 0 0 - 3
Michigan State……7 0 7 0 - 14
MSU - Langford 15 run (Geiger kick).
MINN - Hawthorne 21 kick.
MSU - Price 12 pass from Cook (Geiger kick).