In a rather fitting manner, the Gophers and P.J. Fleck ended the 2018 season with quite the exclamation point in a 34-10 win over Georgia Tech. The Gophers defense snuffed the life out of the Tech offense early with a pair of three and outs to start the game and refused to let them get going at all. In the end the nation’s #1 rushing offense was held to 206 yards (129 below their average). Meanwhile the Minnesota offense was content to follow the blueprint from the wisconsin game by using a power running game behind a mauling OL and some timely passing to just crush the Yellowjackets. RB Mo Ibrahim set the Gophers freshman single game mark by churning his way to 224 yards on 31 carries (7.2 YPC!!!) and a pair of TDs for fun. Tanner Morgan was a rather meh 7/13 for 132 yards, but he did get the ball in the vicinity of Tyler Johnson twice for touchdowns. But that was more than enough because the team was able to keep GT from doing much of anything other than a FG drive at the end of the half following a missed 54-yard FG from Emmitt Carpenter.
If you would have told most Gopher fans that they were going to be 7-6 in August, they’d probably be a bit disappointed. If you told them that on November 3rd following the loss to Illinois, they’d think you were on some pretty good drugs. But this season has been a roller coaster, with impressive wins over Fresno State, Purdue, wisconsin, and now Georgia Tech to go along with the confusing and inexplicable losses to Maryland, Nebraska, and Illinois. With Tyler Johnson and Carter Coughlin both seemingly announcing their return for next year along with the impending return of Antoine Winfield Jr (until the Maryland game, I’m sure) and nearly everyone of consequence returning, even a win in a crappy bowl game in Detroit can be enough to put a smile on the faces of Gopher fans. There could be something pretty special coming soon, and there’s plenty to be happy about already.