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

FCS football schools relish big payday and chance to play spoiler

Eleven FCS teams have taken down FBS teams in the first two weeks of the season. Who will be next?

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 08:44 AM

The Call: Gophers vs. Western Illinois

THE OPPONENTAfter finishing 3-8 last year, Western Illinois hired former Minnesota Duluth coach Bob Nielson and is off to a...

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 08:42 PM

Gophers' pass-to-rush ratio is off kilter

Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover won’t be out to pad Philip Nelson’s passing numbers, which rank second-to-last in the Big Ten, Saturday against Western Illinois.

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 12:27 AM

College Football Insider: Big weekend for the Big Ten

In Saturday showdowns, conference has a chance to shine – or crumble.

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 12:27 AM

Campbell took long road to play linebacker for Gophers

First no Div.-I football teams wanted De’Vondre Campbell. Then Tennessee, Texas and Kansas State thought they had him. He’s now turning heads in Minnesota.

Updated: September 12, 2013, - 12:34 AM

De'Vondre Campbell making a good impression

Gophers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell talks about making eight tackles in last Saturday's win at New Mexico State.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 10:20 PM

Gophers QB Nelson tries to balance risk/reward of running

Philip Nelson is an effective rusher, but he has taken hits. Even after dinging his shoulder last weekend he had runs of 20 and 28 yards at New Mexico State.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 01:08 AM

Gophers shake off injuries, move to 2-0 with win at New Mexico St.

With starting tailback Donnell Kirkwood out with a sprained ankle, Rodrick Williams stepped in and rushed 16 times for a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown.

Updated: September 08, 2013, - 04:09 PM

New Mexico St.'s losing continues under ex-Gophers AD

The Aggies have a .210 winning percentage during McKinley Boston’s tenure, and the drought stretches back decades.

Updated: September 08, 2013, - 06:38 AM

Game at New Mexico State still has purpose for Gophers football

The Gophers, 15-point favorites Saturday, dropped North Carolina to play at New Mexico State, a woeful program that they couldn’t beat in 2011.

Updated: September 07, 2013, - 08:20 AM

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