MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - After a slow offensive start on Saturday, Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson showed off a little magic while pulling in a touchdown catch on homecoming weekend.
Trailing 7-3 early to the Fighting Illini, Gophers' RB Rodney Smith broke a 64-yard run that put Minnesota on the Illinois 14-yard line. Following another short run, Tanner Morgan looked for Johnson at the goalline on a pass.
Despite being draped by a defender, Johnson was able to get his fingertips on the high throw, deflecting the ball. Johnson then leaped up to grab the ball -- all while getting sandwiched between linebacker Dele Harding and cornerback Stanley Green.
The touchdown gave Minnesota a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.