Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession that covered 95 yards.
He put together a nearly-perfect first half, failing to throw an incompletion until a missed defensive holding call lead to his first miss of the game late in the 2nd quarter.
"I had them all the way", said Winfield Jr.in reference to his interceptions, citing preparation for his two picks off Clifford.
Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a dismantling of fifth-ranked Penn State's staunch defense, as Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten championship game. Clyde Edwards Helaire ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass.
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"We knew they were a good football team", Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said.
Smith had 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven catches for Alabama.
Penn State drove 50 yards for a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Clifford to backup tight end senior Nick Bowers. It shows their charisma. It has the tradition, the coach and the clout - it even has the respect of the College Football Playoff selection committee in spite of a weak schedule - but for the first time in six seasons, the Tide might not have what it takes to finish in the top four. "To have a championship team, you've got to have a championship quarterback".
Each Saturday night throughout the season, I rank the 10 best teams in the country. The loss will also hurt the Nittany Lions in the CFP pecking order, with the Gophers getting a boost but still with a long way to go to be in the mix.
Minnesota: Plays at Iowa next Saturday. The Gophers have lost four straight games against the Hawkeyes.