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

Leidner thanks fans for big turnout in Orlando

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner talks to the media after Thursday's Citrus Bowl loss to Missouri.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:03 PM

New Year's trip to Orlando a golden moment for Gophers fans

When your team hasn’t played a Jan. 1 bowl game in 53 years, sleep is overrated, said fans who drove through the night to make the game.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 10:53 AM

Gophers' Santoso at home in Florida

Placekicker Ryan Santoso is one of 13 Gophers back in his home state.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:31 AM

The Call: Gophers vs. Missouri in the Citrus Bowl

noon, orlando • TV: ch. 5 (100.3-fm, 1130-am)Line: Missouri by 4½ • Series: Missouri leads 4-3-1 •...

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:28 AM

Will New Year's Day bowl be Gophers' peak or an annual stop?

Finally, on a day more than a half-century in the making, the Gophers are ready for some New Year’s football.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:26 AM

Mizzou coach impressed with Leidner, other Gophers

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks at Wednesday's press conference for the Citrus Bowl.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:24 AM

Kill says Citrus Bowl win would be 'a huge brick'

Gophers coach Jerry Kill talks at Wednesday's press conference for the Citrus Bowl.

Updated: January 01, 2015, - 08:24 AM

Gophers kickers beware: Don't mess with Mizzou's Murphy

ORLANDO – One year after a long punt return helped cost them a bowl victory, the Gophers will face one...

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 07:06 PM

U's Leidner tries to beat the tweets

Quarterback Mitch Leidner, his own worst critic, ignores social media jabs.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 09:46 AM

Citrus Bowl focus keeps U party plans on hold

For the first time since Dec. 31, 1961, a Gophers football team will be spending New Year’s Eve getting ready for a bowl game. With a noon kickoff Thursday for the Citrus Bowl, players aren’t too concerned about watching the ball drop.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 09:38 AM

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