Shortell rallies Minnesota past Western Michigan

Gophers' starting QB Gray injured in second quarter
Shortell rallies Minnesota past Western Michigan

Max Shortell replaced an injured MarQueis Gray and passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, helping Minnesota overcome a sluggish start to beat Western Michigan 28-23 on Saturday.

Gray hurt his left leg late in the second quarter with the Gophers (3-0) trailing, but Shortell steered a six-play, 78-yard march for the go-ahead score that A.J. Barker capped with his second of three touchdown receptions.

The Broncos went three and out, and Shortell found Barker open on the sideline for a 53-yard catch-and-run to make it 21-10 with 30 seconds left before halftime.

Dareyon Chance rushed 29 times for 144 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (1-2). Jaime Wilson caught 10 passes for 117 yards, but Alex Carder had a number of overthrows while finishing 24 for 44 for 209 yards and one interception.

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