Gopher football legend Darrell Thompson remembers 1987’s "The Run" against Michigan

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The Gophers were pinned deep in their own end after a penalty left the ball sitting on their own 2-yard-line. Quarterback Ricky Foggie handed the ball to sophomore running back Darrell Thompson, and what happened next became one of the single greatest plays in Gopher football history.

Thompson cut to the sideline, hurdled a Michigan defender, then raced 98-yards to the end zone.

Click the video box on this page to watch KSTP Sports’ Chris Long chat with Darrell Thompson about his fabled 98-yard touchdown run against Michigan in 1987, as well as his thoughts on the Gophers/Wolverines historic rivalry and his outlook on the 2020 Gophers team

The 98 yards Thompson gained on the massive play are counted in the 4,518 yards he gained over his career that leave him still standing as the program’s all-time leading rusher.

Thompson now serves as the radio anallyst for the Gophers Radio Network.

The Gophers open the 2020 season on Saturday at home against Michigan. You can watch the game live on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30 p.m.