The Gophers offense couldn't get anything going against Michigan State and Spartan super runner Le'Veon Bell ran for 266 yards in Michigan State's 26-10 win at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Spartans defense, ranked number one in the Big Ten, flexed their muscle as the Gophers sustained one drive that resulted in points on the afternoon. The ground game was unable to produce as the team finished with four yards on 19 carries. The air game wasn't any better as Philip Nelson completed just 10-for-23 passes for 61 yards.
The lone touchdown for the Gophers came in the first quarter as Aaron Hill intercepted Spartans quarterbac Andrew Maxwell and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
The defense played solid early, holding the Spartans to field goals. Kicker Dan Conroy made 2-of-3 in the first half and Michigan State finally cashed in on a fluke play when Bennie Fowler caught a tipped pass and then ran 41 yards for a score.
The Gophers intercepted Maxwell twice in the first half forcing Michigan State to abandon the passing game and letting Bell go to work in the second half. The future NFL'er rushed 23 times in the second half, chewing up 144 yards and scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the game away.
Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure before the start of the second half and did not take to the sidelines in the second half.
The loss drops the Gophers record to 6-6 overall and just 2-6 in the Big Ten.
The team will find out which bowl it will participate in over the next couple of weeks. It will be the first time the Gophers will participate in a bowl game since the Insight Bowl in 2009.