Kill Stays Mum On Gophers QuarterbackMinnesota Gophers coach Jerry Kill opened uncertainty at quarterback when he pulled junior Mitch Leidner in the second half of last week's 27-0 loss at Northwestern. As Minnesota (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) prepares for an important game at Purdue on Saturday, Kill is keeping his decision on his starter private.
8 Silver Linings To An Awful Weekend In Minnesota SportsIt could've been one of the most fun and exciting weekends in Minnesota sports in some time, but it all came crashing down. Literally every team that could've lost did. But that doesn't mean all is lost among those teams. Here are eight silver linings from a rough weekend in Minnesota sports.
Minnesota Struggles In 27-0 Loss To No. 16 NorthwesternClayton Thorson scored two touchdowns, Justin Jackson ran for 120 yards and the Northwestern defense turned in another dominant performance as the No. 16 Wildcats shut out Minnesota 27-0 on Saturday. Thorson, a freshman quarterback, scored on runs of 5 and 1 yards to spark the offense for Northwestern (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten).
Northwestern, Minnesota Meet In Big Ten OpenerUnbeaten and on the rise, No. 16 Northwestern would like to stay that way now that Big Ten play is about to begin.
Gophers CB Boddy-Calhoun Won't Need Surgery On Injured KneeThe Minnesota Golden Gophers finally got a little good news on the injury front. Coach Jerry Kill says star cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun will not need surgery on the knee he injured last Saturday against Ohio. Kill would not say if Boddy-Calhoun would be available this weekend in the Big Ten opener at Northwestern.
Coaches Pick Gopher Hockey To Finish Second In Big TenA preseason coaches poll released Monday shows that the University of Minnesota men's hockey team is predicted to finish second in the Big Ten this season. The Gophers are the two-time defending champions of the Big Ten in the regular season.
Late TD Drive Lifts Minnesota Over Ohio 27-24Shannon Brooks rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns — the last a 3-yard plunge with 30 seconds remaining — to lift Minnesota to a 27-24 victory over Ohio on Saturday.
After Squeaking By Kent State, Minnesota Hosts OhioMinnesota coach Jerry Kill says he had to put his psychologist's hat earlier this week after his team's previous game against Kent State.
Big Ten Teams Use Last Nonconference Games To Clean Up ActsThe last Saturday in September will be the last chance for Big Ten teams to work out their kinks before conference play begins. Minnesota is desperate for more offense. Nebraska needs better play from its defense. Even defending national champion and top-ranked Ohio State has problems.
Minnesota QB Leidner Remains Confident Through StrugglesMinnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner says his confidence hasn't wavered even as fans clamor for a change. Leidner spoke Tuesday as the Golden Gophers prepare to host Ohio on Saturday.
Hopkins Prep Star Amir Coffey Commits To GophersThe Gophers got their biggest local recruit in about a decade on Monday, as Hopkins star guard Amir Coffey announced he will accept a scholarship to Minnesota and play for the Gophers next year. Coffey is the top rated player in Minnesota's high school senior class and is a consensus top-50 player nationally.
Leidner, Minnesota Hang On To Beat Kent State 10-7Mitch Leidner and Minnesota survived another shaky showing by the offense, using a second quarter touchdown pass to K.J. Maye to eke out a 10-7 victory Saturday over Kent State. Freshman cornerback Demetrius Monday was the star of a feisty performance by the Kent State defense, with two interceptions in the first half and an 80-yard touchdown return in the third quarter of a fumble he forced himself.