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The Gophers are 0-11 against Wisconsin since they last defeated the Badgers in 2003, but Saturday will be Minnesota’s best chance in years.
Tracy Claeys’ first win as Gophers' head coach put a bowl bid and Paul Bunyan's axe at stake next week vs. Wisconsin.
Mitch Leidner was left bloodied and limping after Saturday's win but insists he'll play next week.
Mitch Leidner’s toughness helps him change perceptions from the beginning of the year.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys likes the way the regular-season schedule finishes with two home games against Illinois and Wisconsin, in the elements, at TCF Bank Stadium.
It’s been awhile since the Gophers’ primary concern was their defense, but that’s the situation heading into an important home game Saturday against Illinois.
If Gophers offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover seems less inhibited with his play-calling now that Jerry Kill has retired, that’s not a coincidence.
Tracy Claeys has found since replacing retired coach Jerry Kill, it’s nearly impossible to talk about this team in big-picture terms without stating the obvious: Injuries are mounting.
Saturday's battle for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy could mean perfection for Iowa or spark a bid for a bowl berth for Minnesota.
This has turned into a lost freshman season with the Gophers for once-heralded recruit Jeff Jones, and now there’s another twist.Jones has spent recent…
Last week, Claeys said it would be best for everyone involved if a decision were made by mid-November. The coaches are scheduled to hit the road recruiting Nov. 29, the day after the regular-season finale against Wisconsin.
One of Matt Limegrover’s worst days as Gophers offensive coordinator came against Iowa two years ago, when Minnesota was held to 30 rushing yards and seven points.
There were indications Sunday that the University of Minnesota will try this week to secure an agreement to make Tracy Claeys head football coach, removing his interim tag.
The Gophers trailed early and came up short in their comeback effort against the Buckeyes.
Cornell will redshirt, as will most members of this Ohio State recruiting class.
Gophers interim football coach Tracy Claeys has said he doesn’t want to pressure the university administration to rush its decision about his staff’s future. But Claeys also has an eye on the recruiting calendar.
The Gophers pushed heavily favored Michigan, only to lose 29-26 last week. If Tracy Claeys’ squad follows that disappointment with the proverbial letdown, it could make for a long Saturday when the Gophers visit No. 1 Ohio State.
Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill said in a radio interview that he’s “hopeful” Tracy Claeys will be named the team’s permanent head coach…
Gophers special teams coach Jay Sawvel said Tuesday that the decision to use Ryan Santoso — instead of All-Big Ten punter Peter Mortell — for a key punt in last week’s Michigan loss was indeed injury-related.
Gut-wrenching finish aside, quarterback Mitch Leidner had the U offense humming vs. Michigan.
Gophers interim coach Tracy Claeys on Sunday stood by his decision not to use All-Big Ten punter Peter Mortell for a key punt in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 29-26 loss to Michigan.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner finished the coin toss at midfield, grabbed a maroon “Jerrysota” flag, ran into the end zone in front of the student section, and headed to the sideline to wave it some more.
Mitch Leidner’s quarterback draw from the 1-yard line was denied on the final play of the game, and the Gophers fell 29-26 after a rollercoaster week.
Three ranked rivals await Tracy Claeys at the start of his second fill-in stint as Gophers football coach.
One side effect of Gophers coach Jerry Kill’s retirement Wednesday is it automatically terminated the contracts of the remaining nine top assistant coaches, under the language of those deals.
During a news conference, Jerry Kill said doctors advised him to step away for his long-term health. Associate head coach Tracy Claeys will take over as interim coach.
Interim athletic director Beth Goetz gave no specific timeline for the search but made it clear she has full confidence in Tracy Claeys.
The Gophers fell to Nebraska 48-25 in their last game and now face Michigan.
Winning the Little Brown Jug is one thing. Keeping it is another. A Halloween victory over Michigan — no easy task — would also be a recruiting boon.
Little changes are adding up big for the 7-0 Hawkeyes.
The Gophers senior safety pulled a hamstring in the season opener vs. TCU.
Both teams have a bye this week, and anybody who followed Saturday’s action knows Jerry Kill and Jim Harbaugh have big coaching jobs to do. For different reasons, each team’s psyche took a major hit.
Mitch Leidner's non-throwing thumb was crushed on a hit between two defenders, requiring medical attention.
Opinions aside, the Gophers have beaten Nebraska the past two seasons. Can the U keep rewriting the script?
Mitch Leidner says Brandon Lingen's route-running might be better than Maxx Williams'.
Jones played against TCU, Kent State and Ohio, getting a few chances to line up on offense, and playing some special teams. He has missed the past two games.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner hasn’t rushed for more than 46 yards in any of the Gophers’ six games.
The Cornhuskers have the nation’s eighth-best rushing defense (95.3 yards allowed per game), but they’re the worst in the country against the pass (348.5).
Injuries created issues, but the second-half romp over Purdue helped confidence. “There’s no question that was a must-win for us,” Jerry Kill said.
Quarterback Mitch Leidner threw two touchdown passes, and Shannon Brooks scored on a multi-tackle shedding 71-yard run, as the Gophers pulled away for a rout.
Four linemen didn’t make the trip because of unspecified injuries — offensive tackle Josh Campion, center Brian Bobek, defensive tackle Scott Ekpe and defensive end Gaelin Elmore.
KJ Maye has 21 receptions for 254 yards and three touchdowns this season.
The Gophers will have eight starters out with injuries for Saturday’s football game at Purdue, coach Jerry Kill said.
In 32 years of coaching, the Gophers' Jerry Kill said he's never seen injuries like Minnesota has now. Up to 20 players have missed time this week.
The Gophers coach wants a greater emphasis on the running game, no matter who starts at quarterback.
The Gophers could get one of two injured offensive line starters back for Saturday’s game at Purdue, with left guard Jon Christenson returning from knee surgery.
Special teams lapses continue to plague the Gophers, continuing an uncharacteristic trend for a Jerry Kill-coached team.
The Gophers opened Big Ten play with a big thud as the 16th-ranked Wildcats used a dominant defense and an efficient offense to throttle Minnesota 27-0.
As the Gophers prepare to open Big Ten play at No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday, they can thank Georgia for the new ground attack they have established in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.
Gophers running back Rodney Smith and linebacker Jonathan Celestin are best friends and former teammates from Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro, Ga.
One man's prediction for Saturday's game.
Northwestern quickly alternates between using zero, one or two running backs, and one or two tight ends.
The Gophers have two freshmen entrenched at tailback, in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, but coach Jerry Kill said he’s not concerned that this might create discontent among the team’s older running backs.
A knee injury to Briean Boddy-Calhoun tops a long list of ailments entering the Big Ten schedule.
Homecoming was a happy one at TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers went 78 yards for the decisive score over Ohio.
Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith did a pretty good imitation of what the Gophers had in 2003 and 2004, when Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber were both putting up 1,000-yard seasons.
In these high-scoring days, the Gophers instead have a stout defense and a groan-inducing offense
One man's prediction for Saturday's game.
Coming off Saturday’s 10-7 win over Kent State, the Gophers have hunkered down, looking for answers on how to kick-start the offense.
“I have a ton of confidence in myself,” Gophers' junior quarterback Micth Leidner said Tuesday, three days after a shaky victory over Kent State.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Sunday that the team is strongly considering pulling a redshirt to bolster an injury-depleted offensive line.
If the Gophers hoped to build a commanding lead so they could look at another quarterback option beyond Mitch Leidner, Saturday turned into a wasted opportunity.
Kent State’s only touchdown came on an 85-yard fumble return by Golden Flashes cornerback Demetrius Monday.
The Gophers plan to experiment on offense against Kent State but first and foremost against the MAC foe: No injuries.
The Gophers take on Kent State at 11 a.m. Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Receiver KJ Maye took a big hit in the fourth quarter at Colorado State, before catching his touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining.
Safety Adekunle Ayinde and tight end Nick Hart played important roles in win over Colorado State.
The Gophers were in an offensive rut Saturday, going their first six drives without a first down. But once they broke that skid — on a third-down pass from Mitch Leidner to Brandon Lingen — they sped things up with their no-huddle offense.
Ryan Santoso’s 18-yard field goal gave the Gophers a 23-20 overtime victory Saturday over Colorado State. It was a game Gophers coach Jerry Kill said, "certainly wasn't pretty."
Everett Williams and Jonathan Celestin started in the spots that Cody Poock and De’Vondre Campbell had held in the opener against TCU.
Gophers coaches Jerry Kill and Matt Limegrover, no strangers to reviving flatlining offenses, made 31 points and 400 yards the unit’s new benchmark.
Joe Christensen breaks down Saturday's game.
“When he wasn’t getting hit in the back, he threw the ball pretty well,” coach Jerry Kill said of quarterback Mitch Leidner's season debut last week.
Josh Campion's return to the Gophers will help, but coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday two tight ends — Lincoln Plsek and Duke Anyanwu — might miss the entire season because of injuries.
The Rams went 10-3 last year, including wins over Colorado and Boston College, and clobbered Savannah State 65-13 in Saturday’s opener. They have a new quarterback and coach this fall.
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