Ohio Upsets Minnesota, 23-17

Updated 9/9/2000

By JASON WOLF
Associated Press Writer

Ohio tailback Chad Brinker awaits the ball with no Minnesota defender in sight as he goes on to score on a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dontrell Jackson in the first quarter.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chad Brinker gave new meaning to the term triple option.

The Ohio halfback had a touchdown catch, threw a scoring pass and also ran for a touchdown on Sept. 9 in Ohio's 23-17 win over Minnesota.

Brinker's third touchdown, a 6-yard run up the middle at the start of the fourth quarter, gave the Bobcats (1-1) a 23-14 lead with 14:42 left in the game. Bop White intercepted a pass from Asad Abdul-Khaliq six minutes later to stifle Minnesota's drive.

After Dan Nystrom kicked a 47-yard field goal for Minnesota (1-1) with 4:54 left, Ohio ran out the clock.

Ohio is the third MAC team to beat a Big Ten school in the past two weeks. Toledo beat Penn State 24-6 last week and Western Michigan beat Iowa 27-21 on Saturday. Ohio last beat a Big Ten team in 1973, when it beat Northwestern 14-12. The Bobcats are 5-28-1 against the Big Ten.

Brinker ran 21 times for 110 yards as Ohio avenged last year's 33-7 loss to the Gophers. Ohio totaled 363 yards on 73 carries.

For the Gophers, Abdul-Khaliq threw two touchdown passes to Ron Johnson in a 4:03 stretch of the third quarter. A 65-yard TD pass was the second play of the second half and a 61-yarder came on the second play of Minnesota's second scoring drive.

But Abdul-Khaliq, knocked out of last week's game with a concussion, was inconsistent, missing receivers long and short and also appearing flustered with Ohio's pass rush in just his second collegiate start.

He completed 9 of 27 passes for 223 yards, including 6 of 16 for 74 yards in the first half.

Johnson has caught two touchdowns in each of his last three games and has at least one reception in his last 25 straight games.

The Gophers last lost a non-conference home game in 1997, a 45-43 loss to Houston.

It was the first time the Bobcats beat the Gophers in nine tries, dating back to the teams' first meeting in 1969.

Tailback Thomas Tapeh made his collegiate debut for the Gophers in the second quarter after being academically ineligible last season and sitting out the season opener while recovering from a foot injury.