Daniel Faalele wasn’t about to forget his offensive line after Minnesota’s victory in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-9, 380-pound lineman turned into a fullback to provide college football with one of the best moments of the postseason.

Early in the second quarter, Faalele was put in at fullback and took a handoff from 2 yards out to give Minnesota an early lead in the game. There was no chance West Virginia’s defense was going to shut down the lineman short of the goal line.

After the game, Faalele was asked about his first career touchdown. The first thing he did? Thanked the offensive line.

“I really want to thank my O-line, my brothers. They really helped me get into the end zone,” Faalele said. “Without them, that play wouldn’t even be able to be drawn up. So, just thanks to them.”

Minnesota has run a play featuring Faalele in the backfield during spring practice but hadn’t used it a game. When the offensive lineman got the call, he says he was prepared.

“I was so excited. Last game, wanted to do something fun and (we got) a big man touchdown,” Faalele said. “Everybody was happy.”

Faalele’s touchdown and the ensuing 2-point conversion was enough for the Gophers to beat West Virginia. Minnesota defeated the Mountaineers 18-6 in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, extending the postseason win streak to 5 games.