Arkansas started the game with a 2 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Jones to wide receiver George Wilson. Kicker Dan Nystrom got Minnesota on the board with a 24 yard field goal. He added another 45 yard field goal to make the score 7-6. In the second quarter he added field goals of 21 and 22 yards, as Minnesota staked a 12-6 halftime lead.
Quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Utecht for a 20-9 lead. In the fourth quarter, Nystrom added his fifth field goal of the game, to put the Gophers ahead 22-7. Thomas Tapeh rushed for a 33 yard touchdown as Minnesota built a 29-7 lead. Ryan Sorahan threw a touchdown pass to Richard Smith to cut the lead to 29-14.