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.
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.
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 Tries To Get Passing Going, With Kent State NextPassing has been a work in progress for Minnesota for a while. The offense's imbalance has proven to be problematic at times, and junior quarterback Mitch Leidner has just a 52.4 percent completion rate for his career.
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.
7 Keys For The Gophers To Have A Chance Against TCUThe University of Minnesota has an unbelievable opportunity in front of a national audience Thursday night against the No. 2-ranked team in the country. The Gophers host TCU on national television at TCF Bank Stadium, and a sell-out crowd will be in attendance to see what should be considered Minnesota's biggest home game in school history.
Motivated Leidner Preparing For Another Shot At TCUThe Gophers are no different than the Vikings. Yes, they need everyone to play well. But it really helps if your quarterback is good. Mitch Leidner is now a seasoned veteran preparing for another shot at TCU, motivated by the memories of a year ago.
Minnesota's Quarterbacks Shine In Spring ScrimmageMinnesota coach Jerry Kill liked the way starting quarterback Mitch Leidner and his two backups performed during the Gophers' spring game on Saturday.