Look: Minnesota Fans Flood Field After Golden Gophers Upset No. 4 Penn State

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIINovember 9, 2019

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck cheers his team during an NCAA college football game against Penn State, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 31-26. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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The No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers upset the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 Saturday afternoon. 

Both teams entered the game undefeated, and Minnesota didn't make it any easier for Penn State to digest its first loss afterward as nearly everyone at TCF Bank Stadium rushed the field:

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Maroon and Gold as far as the eye can see 👀 https://t.co/8xZgtnjmb3

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Minnesota had been waiting since 1999 for a celebration of this magnitude:

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(17) Minnesota hangs on for the victory over (4) Penn State, 31-26. This is its first victory over an AP Top-5 team since 1999 (defeated No. 2 Penn State). Rashod Bateman posted 203 receiving yards in the victory, the 2nd-most by a player in Golden Gopher history. https://t.co/HgSpvki4Yu

Jordan Howden sealed the game when he picked off Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford in the end zone with one minute remaining in regulation:

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JORDAN HOWDEN FOR THE WIN 🙌🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/S4Ur9ymhT2

Mayhem ensued. Players rang the Governor's Victory Bell—introduced in 1993 during the two teams' first matchup as Big Ten opponents—on the field before fans joined them in throngs:

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Ring the bell. 🔔 https://t.co/RtROfGKjZE

While meeting with reporters postgame, senior linebacker Carter Coughlin said he told a teammate, "This is how TCF Bank Stadium should be," when the field began flooding with people. The Golden Gophers have one more shot this regular season to energize their home field when No. 13 Wisconsin visits on Nov. 30.