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Minnesota defeats Auburn 31-24 in Outback Bowl

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) runs past Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) runs past Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

Updated: January 01, 2020 10:17 PM

The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Auburn Tigers 31-24 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday in Tampa, Florida.

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Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan hooked up with senior wide receiver Tyler Johnson for 12 completions, 204 yards and two touchdowns, including a wide-open 73-yard score. Morgan threw for 278 passing yards overall and one interception. Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim picked up 140 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown on a 16-yard rush.

Meanwhile, in the last game of his college career, Johnson set new school records for career receiving yards and career receiving touchdowns.

Auburn was completely smothered by Minnesota's defense — the Tigers combined for just 232 yards of offense. Tigers freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw for 176 yards and one touchdown, and Auburn could only muster 56 rushing yards.

Minnesota has now won its last four bowl games. The game was the first time Minnesota has been ranked and faced a ranked opponent in a bowl game since the Gophers played Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl.

The Gophers move to 9-8-1 all-time against Southeastern Conference teams.

With the win, the Gophers finish their breakout season with an 11-2 record.


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