After the Gophers were forced to punt the ball away, Western Michigan took over at their own 15-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Broncos quarterback Alex Carder was once again looking for freshman Jamie Wilson, but Carter stepped in front of the pass for the interception, returning the pick all the way down to the Western Michigan 8-yard line.
A false start from Ed Olson pushed the Gophers back to the 13-yard line, and after a couple of Donnell Kirkwood carries, MarQueis Gray dropped back on third-and-goal and found junior receiver A.J. Barker for a 10-yard touchdown strike. Jordan Wettstein added the extra point, and the Gophers took their first lead of the afternoon at 7-3.
We have exactly two minutes remaining in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are ahead of the Western Michigan Broncos by a score of 7-3. Keep it right here for the latest updates on the Gophers quest to get to 3-0 for the first time in. . .well, a really long time.