Joe Christensen

Gophers football reporter | Gophers, Big Ten
Phone: 612-673-7844
Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

Recent content from Joe Christensen

Gophers safety Travis becomes big-play guy like his idol

Damarius Travis, a junior safety, has 23 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, one forced fumble and 2½ tackles for a loss this season.

Updated: October 23, 2014, - 12:51 AM

As carries pile up, Gophers' Cobb not worried about wear and tear

Carries have come by the bushel for the senior, who coaches fear might wear down as the year goes on.

Updated: October 22, 2014, - 06:30 AM

Kill uses Thompson incident as teaching moment

Several Gophers leapt to senior safety Cedric Thompson’s defense Saturday, after he got leveled by a personal foul from Purdue receiver Danny Anthrop.

Updated: October 22, 2014, - 12:21 AM

Cobb calls Purdue victory "a team win"

Gophers running back David Cobb, who leads the nation with 27.0 rushes per game, talks after Saturday's win.

Updated: October 21, 2014, - 09:45 PM

Gophers found a way to win, know they have to do better

A coach’s estimate: The Gophers won despite giving their best effort for only 25 of the 60 minutes.

Updated: October 20, 2014, - 06:42 AM

Gophers rebound for wild comeback win over Purdue

History said the Gophers were cooked. They were 0-22 under Jerry Kill in games they had trailed at halftime. His offense had sputtered. His defense looked completely overmatched.

Updated: October 19, 2014, - 07:38 AM

Gophers football notes: Kicker's try at running for two points hits a wall

Gophers kicker Ryan Santoso got a chance to play running back Saturday, when coach Jerry Kill called for a fake...

Updated: October 19, 2014, - 07:16 AM

Gophers hear the buzz but stay focused on Boilermakers

The Gophers and Iowa sit atop the Big Ten West Division at 2-0 heading into Saturday. Minnesota's confidence is growing along with its ambitions, but the team remains focused.

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 07:03 AM

College Football Insider: Dak who? From a nobody to a Heisman favorite

Quarterback Dak Prescott is a big reason Mississippi State has vaulted to No. 1 in the country.

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 12:41 AM

Gophers football notes: Defense has some sure tacklers

When Northwestern defeated Wisconsin 20-14 two weeks ago, the Badgers threw four costly interceptions, but Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen also...

Updated: October 16, 2014, - 08:16 PM

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