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Broncos At Gophers: Max Shortell To A.J. Barker Gives Minnesota The Lead Back

Depending on the significance of the injury to quarterback MarQueis Gray, we might have a bit of a quarterback controversy on our hands for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Max Shortell came in off of the bench after Gray was carted off of the field with an ankle injury, and immediately started to light up the Western Michigan defense. His first throw was a 36-yard completion to Derrick Engel, and his next throw was incomplete to Devin Crawford-Tufts, but drew a flag for pass interference to move the Gophers into Western Michigan territory.

Shortell then found Isaac Fruechte for 24 yards down to the Western Michigan 11-yard line and, after a 2-yard run by Shortell, he found receiver A.J. Barker for a touchdown, Barker's second of the day. The catch, along with Jordan Wettstein's extra point, put the Gophers back ahead of the Broncos by a score of 14-10.

Shortell was 3-for-3 for 65 yards and the touchdown on the drive.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half at TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have re-taken the lead over the Western Michigan Broncos, 14-10.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.