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It's the team's first bowl game in California since the '60s. Washington State is coached by Mike Leach, who steered Texas Tech to a stunning comeback victory over the Gophers in the 2006 Insight Bowl, rallying from a 31-point deficit.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said Sunday that last week's vote of confidence from athletic director Mark Coyle "means everything."
Bowl selections for all teams will be revealed Sunday.
Gophers sophomore Emmit Carpenter was named Big Ten Kicker of the Year on Tuesday, based on voting by conference coaches and media.Carpenter has made…
According to sources, athletic director Mark Coyle told Tracy Claeys last month that he would be retained as Gophers football coach. All four of Minnesota's losses came to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25
He won eight football games in his first full regular season as coach. Will that be enough?
Ahead 17-7 at halftime, the Gophers imploded in the second half allowing Wisconsin to win 31-17. It's the 13th time in a row the Badgers get to celebrate with Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Gophers are two-touchdown underdogs heading to Madison, a place where they haven't won since 1994.
Minnesota-Wisconsin the longest running rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision, at 125 games dating back to 1890. But it's also become one of the most one-sided.
In a radio interview Tuesday, Claeys said anyone in the country who comes to a Gophers practice would see the coaches teaching tackling the right way.
The Gophers stayed in the locker room for the past six games during the anthem.
Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner and the Gophers' defense led Minnesota's charge over the Wildcats, and to a milestone victory total.
Leidner and legion of supporters looking to savor senior QB's final home game
Quarterback Clayton Thorson, wide receiver Austin Carr and running back Justin Jackson have helped turn around the WIldcats' season.
This senior class has logged 29 victories since the start of 2013, the most in a four-year span since the Gophers won 30 from 2003-2006.
Left guard Jared Weyler suffered a torn triceps muscle. Weyler, a third-year sophomore, had been a steady presence on the starting line for eight weeks, while the Gophers patched things together at other positions.
Close, excruciating losses have become the Gophers' trademark, and it happened again Saturday night. Up by a touchdown at halftime, Minnesota lost 24-17 to end a four-game winning streak.
Knocked unconscious last week, Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 19 of 27 passes for two touchdowns and ran for the go-ahead score against the Gophers. He also suffered two more injuries.
Rodney Smith is the conference's second-leading rusher, and Jonathan Celestin leads Minnesota with 64 tackles.
If the Gophers are to beat No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday, quarterback Mitch Leidner might need to blend his passing and rushing talents.
Gophers kicker Emmit Carpenter is a playground protégé of former U punter Peter Mortell.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys told KFAN (100.3-FM) on Tuesday that he hopes to work out a contract extension after the season.
After ending the first half with a dud, the Gophers rebounded over the final 30 minutes to defeat the Boilermakers 44-31 at TCF Bank Stadium
The Gophers are thin at wide receiver with Brian Smith now gone from the team. Who replaces his production?
Last decade, when Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he wanted to preserve Friday nights for high school football, he sure sounded sincere. But television stepped in and money talked.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said that he is "not a fan" of the Big Ten adding Friday night games to the schedule for next season.
People familiar with the situation called the fight a "last straw" for Brian Smith, a junior walk-on from Milwaukee who was having a breakout season.
They have beaten the foes they should, with one more 'should win' before the stretch run hits hard.
Rodney Smith delivered his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season Saturday, and the Gophers turned three Illinois fumbles into points pulling away for a 40-17 victory. They are now bowl eligible.
Minnesota drew just two targeting penalties over the previous four years. Both of those calls were overturned. The Gophers have five this season.
Coach reaches a critical phase of the season, trying to put his own mark on the team.
"I miss it," the former Gophers coach said of Minnesota and not being able to remain at Minnesota. "I could be helping that program a heck of a lot right now."
The Gophers have allowed five sacks this season, tied for fewest in the Big Ten with Nebraska. Saturday, the Gophers will face their biggest pass-protection challenge yet when they face Illinois.
Shannon Brooks delivered more eye-popping performances last season for the Gophers, but Rodney Smith has played the lead role this year, including Saturday with a 94-yard kickoff return.
With the Gophers heading to Illinois this week, coming off a near disaster against Rutgers, this might be a good time to review their last trip to Champaign.
The Scarlet Knights took a one-point lead with about four minutes remaining, but Gophers sophomore Emmit Carpenter hit a 28-yard field goal with six seconds left, giving Minnesota a 34-32 victory.
Rodney Smith gained most of the yardage on the drive, but Leidner hit Wolitarsky with a 9-yard pass for a first down and added an 8-yard rush. Emmit Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with six seconds remaining gave the Gophers a 34-32 win.
Three more Gophers football players have been served with restraining orders that would keep them from attending home games and will not play Saturday.
This will be the Gophers' 96th homecoming game. They are 56-36-3 all-time on homecoming, with wins the past two years (over Ohio in 2015 and Purdue in 2014).
Carlton Djam and Tamarion Johnson might not be allowed to attend Saturday's game because the alleged victim participates in the home-game operation.
Mitch Leidner returned to practice Tuesday, and was cleared for light activity. He had no setbacks when the intensity was ramped up at Wednesday's practice
Mitch Leidner practiced Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion Oct. 8 but Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys said he expects Conor Rhoda to get the start Saturday.
Its play on Saturday was a step in the right direction, but there are still hurdles to be overcome. "Offensively, we still have some things to clean up," coach Tracy Claeys said.
Filling in for Mitch Leidner, Conor Rhoda proved he can run the offense effectively.
Backup quarterback Conor Rhoda did what the Gophers needed to earn their first Big Ten victory of the season, 31-10 over Maryland.
The Gophers introduced themselves to Maryland with authority on the opening kickoff.
Minnesota's next run of opponents, a combined 2-7 in the Big Ten, presents an opportunity for the Gophers to salvage their season. If they can manage a sweep.
Gophers defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel said the team has the cornerback and safety depth it needs heading into the Maryland game.
Blink and the top 10 will be flush with fresh arrivals.
The fourth-year junior remains mostly anonymous in college football circles, but that will change Saturday, when he makes his first career start at Maryland because Mitch Leidner suffered a concussion.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys dismissed concussion speculation for quarterback Mitch Leidner on Sunday but later learned the senior indeed is in the protocol and will miss this week's game.
After studying video, Claeys didn't sugarcoat the offense's performance against an Iowa team that had given up plenty of points in losses to North Dakota State and Northwestern.
Iowa limited the Gophers rushing attack to 102 yards and kept possession of the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, winning for the fourth time in the past seven meetings in the rivalry.
The Gophers pass defense got a big boost Saturday with two of the team's top cornerbacks, KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford, back from suspensions.
There's more at stake Saturday than Floyd of Rosedale, as the Gophers-Iowa loser might find its chances of a Big Ten West title all but gone.
Last season, the Gophers were among the nation's best teams at preventing big plays, but it's become a serious issue heading into Saturday's game against Iowa.
Rashad Still, who suffered a broken clavicle in the Sept. 1 season opener, has been practicing in a green non-contact jersey this week.
The Gophers are averaging 75.8 penalty yards per game, most in the Big Ten. It's an uncharacteristic spike for a team, and some bother their coach more than others.
Football coach Tracy Claeys suspended KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson for a violation of team rules before the Sept. 10 game against Indiana State.
Dick Johnson was the father of coordinator Jay Johnson and Mitch Leidner's high school position coach.
Players have been suspended for violation of team rules since early September.
Penn State's Joey Julius was knocked down by Gophers linebacker Jaylen Waters, who kept the kicker pinned to the ground, drawing boos and an ejection.
The Nittany Lions rushed for a touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage after the Gophers kicker hit his fourth field goal of the game.
GOPHERS OFFENSE VS. Nittany Lions DEFENSEAll three of Penn State's starting linebackers missed the Michigan game with injuries. Middle LB Brandon Bell got ejected for…
Key for the Gophers in keeping the sophomore running back contained will be the play of undersized tackle Steven Richardson.
The next 10 days — with games at Penn State and home against Iowa — could set the tone for the Gophers fan base for the rest of the season.
The Gophers remain shorthanded at cornerback heading into Saturday's game at Penn State, with KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford still suspended, and freshman Coney Durr out because of an unspecified injury.
Tai'yon Devers made another big hit to force another fumble Saturday, but the Gophers freshman sensation suffered a left ankle injury later in the game and didn't return.
With Shannon Brooks healthy, Rodney Smith continuing his roll and Mitch Leidner moving better than he has in two years, the Gophers used a potent running attack to defeat Colorado State 31-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Next week, the Gophers open Big Ten play before 106,000 fans at Penn State. But first: a rematch with the Colorado State team that took Minnesota to overtime last fall.
The defending Big Ten champions open league play against the Badgers.
Tyler Johnson was a standout quarterback, defensive back and basketball guard at once-troubled Minneapolis North. He's made a seamless transition to receiver for the Gophers.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said he suspended KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson for a violation of team rules. All four are part of a Minneapolis Police investigation.
Alleged pregame trash talk by Indiana State players and coaches inspired the Gophers to flex their Power 5 muscles in a big victory at TCF Bank Stadium.
Gophers left tackle Garrison Wright went to high school at one of Tracy Claeys' old rivals.
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