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).
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.
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.
Minnesota Guard Jon Christenson Out With Knee InjuryMinnesota left guard Jon Christenson could miss about a month after he had arthroscopic right knee surgery to fix an injury suffered last week at Colorado State.
Gophers Get Campion Back From ConcussionMinnesota offensive tackle Josh Campion has returned to practice, after missing the opener against TCU because of a concussion. Coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday that Campion will share time at right tackle with Foster Bush.
Turnovers Sting Gophers In 23-17 Loss To No. 2 TCUMitch Leidner went down with a hard hit from his blind side on Minnesota's second possession, a sack-turnover combination that set up a touchdown for TCU two plays later.
Rodrick Williams Matures To Be Gophers Featured Running BackHe knows it's his turn. The truth is the Gophers will probably rotate the running back position starting Thursday night against TCU. But if there is going to be a featured back, it's Rodrick Williams.