Mohamed Ibrahim just could not stop breaking records Thursday afternoon in Minnesota’s 28-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Syracuse.

The star Minnesota running back started humbly, breaking the single-season rushing record of 1,635 yards set by David Cobb. He finished the game with 1,665 yards on the season, totaling 71 yards and 1 touchdown against the Orange.

He scored plenty, too. The next record Ibrahim set his sights on was Gary Russell’s single-season touchdown record of 19 set in 2005. Ibrahim already broke Darrell Thompson’s career touchdown record of 44 and now holds the single-season mark as well.

He made it look way too easy giving Minnesota a 7-0 lead early.

Next up was David Cobb’s single-season carries record of 314 set in 2014. He surpassed that in the 2nd quarter of the game, finishing his 2022 season with 320 total carries after 16 carries Thursday afternoon.

The hat trick was already complete, but No. 4 was still in sight. At the end of the 2nd quarter, Ibrahim broke the big one; Darrell Thompson’s career mark of 4,654 yards.

Ibrahim finished the afternoon with 16 carries for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. He did not play in the 2nd half, likely by design.

And while Ibrahim was incredible, it was a team effort that won the Gophers the game Thursday. Perhaps the most crucial moment in Minnesota’s win came at the start of the 3rd quarter, with freshman defensive back Coleman Bryson stepping in front of a Garrett Shrader pass and returning it the distance for a pick 6.

And it was a backbreaker for the Orange. Instead of Syracuse driving the field to take the lead, Minnesota increased their margin to a 2-possession lead, 21-10.

It was Bryson’s first interception of his career, the first pick 6 in Minnesota’s bowl history and the first pick 6 since Coney Durr did so against Maryland in 2019. 

Daniel Jackson was another incredible player for the Golden Gophers Thursday. He totaled 2 touchdowns on the day, finishing with 4 catches for 73 yards.

And how about Tanner Morgan? The former Minnesota starter was thrust back into the limelight after freshman QB Athan Kaliakmanis went down with what appeared to be a leg injury early in the first half.

Morgan answered the bell as well as he could have, leading the Gophers to a touchdown in just 4 plays. He connected with, who else, Jackson on a beautiful ball in the back corner of the end zone for 6.

Here it is in all its glory. What a throw and what a catch, with shades of Randy Moss.

Morgan finished with 58 yards passing on 4-of-7 passing with a pair of big touchdowns. The Gophers finished the game with just 11 completions in their typical ground-first approach.

With the win, Minnesota has now won an incredible 6 bowl games in a row dating back to 2015. Minnesota is now 11-12 all-time in bowl games and 4-0 in the postseason under head coach PJ Fleck.

The Golden Gophers improve to 9-4 on the season after a strong start to the year. The future is bright in Minneapolis.