No Rodney Smith, no problem for Minnesota as it rolled over Miami to round out the non-conference part of the team's schedule with record of 3-0.
Minnesota defeated Miami on Saturday afternoon after junior Tyler Johnson caught three touchdown passes.
When Antoine Winfield Jr. realized the running back was going to throw the ball in the back of the end zone, he caught up to the receiver and intercepted the ball while somehow keeping one foot on the ground, sealing the victory for the Gophers on Saturday night.
This week Minnesota (2-0) will battle Miami of Ohio from the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks have opened up their season 0-2. In their opening game, they lost to Marshall 28-35, and last week they were shutout by Cincinnati 21-0. Last year, Miami finished with a record of 5-7.
Rodney Smith, the first-string running back and veteran leader of the Minnesota offense is out for the season due to a knee injury, The Athletic first reported.
Without its star running back, Minnesota still was able to run for a total of 132 yards and come through when the team needed it.
After a slow start to their first home game of the season, the Gophers were able to put together a 28-point second quarter to pull away from the Aggies and secure the first victory of the season.
The Minnesota Daily sports staff chatted with Robert Kuwada, a sports reporter from The Fresno Bee, about the Gophers' upcoming Saturday game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.
The Gophers beat New Mexico State 48-10 in the team's season opener after a 28-point second quarter.
The Gophers will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the University of Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as announced on the NCAA selection show Tuesday.