Pinpointing all of the Gophers’ game-changing plays throughout the historic victory over No. 4 Penn State was a lot like trying to pick out the players from a sea of thousands of fans on the TCF Bank Stadium field after the game.

As in, nearly impossible.

Human eyes couldn’t possibly separate the maroon jerseys and gold helmets of the players from the maroon sweatshirts and gold rally towels of the fans. Just as it was easy to miss all the defining plays in the No. 17 Gophers’ 31-26 victory Saturday that kept them undefeated.

For every stunning Antoine Winfield Jr. interception, there was a subtle Shannon Brooks block to protect quarterback Tanner Morgan throwing his first touchdown pass. For every physics-defying Rashod Bateman catch, there was a Chris Williamson pass breakup, batting the ball down in the end zone to a prevent a touchdown.