Minnesota made plenty of plays Friday night. They simply could not make one when it mattered most.
Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points, and No. 13 Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a 75-50 rout of Lafayette on Saturday night.
Le’Veon Bell rumbled for a career-high 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away, leading Michigan State to a 26-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday to secure a spot in a bowl game.
Tom Serratore’s goal early in the third period was the game-winner as Minnesota beat Wisconsin 3-1.
Freshman Dylan Margonari scored his first game-winning goal late in the third period as Minnesota State, Mankato beat Minnesota 5-3 Saturday in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has been ruled out of the game at Minnesota.
Freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season by beating Purdue 44-28 on Saturday afternoon.
The Big Ten’s strength has been questioned all season after some ugly wins and bad losses for several of its top-tier teams. Purdue and Minnesota have found the league to be plenty challenging.
Just three weeks ago, Minnesota looked like it would be more than ready to challenge Wisconsin.
Minnesota was so eager to get back on track after the lopsided loss at Iowa that several of the Gophers started watching the not-so-pretty tape of the game that evening after the team returned home.
Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.
A good start or a disappointment? These are two questions for the Minnesota Gopher football team heading into Week Two on the heels of a triple overtime heart-stopper at Nevada Las Vegas.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill hasn’t hesitated to single out the position that’s the most critical toward the team’s improvement this season.
Rodney Williams tied his career high with 21 points, Austin Hollins had 16 and Minnesota beat La Salle 70-61 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
The National Invitation Tournament is often viewed as an anticlimactic, meaningless conclusion to the college basketball season, particularly for a program like Minnesota stuck in mediocrity for more than a decade.