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Four-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien made his first on-field appearance for the Gophers, who had little trouble Saturday moving to 7-0 and into first place in the Big Ten West.
Kamal Martin buckled just before contact on a third-quarter play and needed help limping off the field in the Gophers' 42-7 victory at Rutgers on Saturday.
The Gophers are 28-point favorites in this game. They haven't had that big of an advantage since playing South Dakota State in 2010.
Unheralded blockers and special teams performers might not get much credit from the average fan, but coaches and their teammates know and appreciate their efforts.
Sam Renner has risen from wait-listed walk-on to a starter on the defensive line who can handle a variety of tasks as needed by the Gophers.
That unit endured some problems last Saturday against Nebraska, when Jake Paulson and Ko Kieft left early because of injuries.
The offensive line, which struggled early in the season, is coming off its two strongest games in which the Gophers scored 40 points against Purdue and 34 more vs. Nebraska.
The Gophers are 6-0 and ranked 20th, their first AP ranking since 2014, and that makes the coach's question an easy one.
Mohamed Ibrahim ran for three touchdowns, part of Minnesota's 322 rushing yards against the injury-riddled Cornhuskers.
The Gophers have yet to face an established quarterback for an entire game. Against the Cornhuskers, they matched up with Noah Vedral, who started in place of injured Adrian Martinez.
Québécois cornerback Benjamin St-Juste found his way to the Gophers via Big Ten rival Wolverines
The best may be yet to come for Gophers redshirt seniors Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, who have been with each other on the college journey.
"We love it when it's cold," quarterback Tanner Morgan said.
Last week the Gophers held Illinois to just 91 rushing yards and 248 total yards of offense.
Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez is questionable for Saturday's game at TCF Bank Stadium.
It's the first time since 2004 the Gophers have started a season with five wins. And that streak could grow with a favorable schedule ahead.
For the third consecutive game, Gophers sophomore running back Mohamed Ibrahim warmed up in full pads, only to not play.
Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks on Saturday moved the ball for a combined 322 yards and the Gophers moved to 5-0 on the season with Saturday's Homecoming victory.
Even with praise and records and awards raining down upon him after last week's game at Purdue, Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan believes he can be better.
The 55-31 drubbing to the team that finished last in the Big Ten West last season will not be a treasured memory. But it created lasting change.
After playing against Purdue, linebacker Carter Coughlin said for the first time this season he finished a game without feeling like he had endured an injury setback.
Even though football is a team game, individual players may need to look inward and ponder one of coach P.J. Fleck's favorite sayings: 'Change your best.'
Opening the Big Ten season with a victory "sets the bar high for us," receiver Rashod Bateman said.
Bulletin-board material propelled the Gophers to a 21-point lead, and they withstood a Boilermakers' rally to win 38-31 and improve to 4-0 on the season.
Purdue freshman Jack Plummer made it tough on the Gophers, guiding the Boilermakers to 414 yards of offense in a losing effort.
The Gophers rank 13th of 130 FBS teams on third downs, converting 52.4% of them. On fourth downs, they're tied for 27th at 75%.
A look at Saturday's game, with matchups and a prediction.
From tight end to wide receiver to wildcat quarterback, Seth Green has done it all.
The Gophers rank among the worst teams in the nation in yards per carry and the offensive line yielded 11 quarterback sacks in the team's three nonconference victories.
P.J. Fleck had a picture made of a third-down play from September 14th, saying it "shows what type of team we have."
Running back Shannon Brooks tore a left knee ligament before spring practice in 2018 and made then played in one game that before suffering a right knee injury.
The Gophers survived the nonconference season but barely. Going into a week off with the Big Ten opener at Purdue looming Sept. 28 and not having a dominant performance in their 3-0 start isn't exactly comforting
The main reason their three victories have been by narrow margins so far this season has been self-inflicted errors, such as turnovers and penalties.
Georgia Southern took a fourth-quarter lead at TCF Bank Stadium before the Gophers answered to win in the final seconds thanks to Tyler Johnson's third touchdown of the game.
The Gophers have touted their running back depth all season, and they needed all of it Saturday.
Tai'yon Devers has been quiet on the field since a big freshman impact in 2016.
The Gophers aren't the only football team that has shown flaws so far in the nonconference slate, but least they have the luxury of a still-unmarred record. Nebraska and Tennessee are among the teams not so fortunate.
Gophers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. started studying his father's cornerback game film at a young age, which helped cultivate an ability to make instinctual plays.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck acknowledged there were numerous errors the team needs to 'clean up.'
Shannon Brooks successfully stared down four Fresno State players all alone in his season debut on Saturday night. Why did coach P.J. Fleck send him on a solo mission?
A nimble fourth-down catch by Chris Autman-Bell gave the Gophers life on the road to set up overtime, and a game-sealing interception by Antoine Winfield Jr. pushed Minnesota to 2-0 on the season.
Defensive end Carter Coughlin on Saturday participated in all the warmups. But fellow senior Tai'yon Devers took the first rep at the rush end position with the first team before Coughlin cycled into the unit.
Rashod Bateman grieved the loss of an uncle during training camp but found his focus when the Gophers needed him most.
Antoine Winfield Jr. is understandably thrilled to be playing again after suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said he thinks Bulldogs senior Jared Rice is an NFL-caliber tight end.
Rodney Smith started looking like his old self last week in the win over South Dakota State and aims for more against Fresno State.
Gophers sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan learned from an interception and otherwise made good choices in the season opener.
P.J. Fleck's film review session tried to show his players how there is a fine line between playing with an edge and being overzealous.
The Gophers coach traced a path from the old Batman comic books to the movie character played by Christian Bale, and came up with a comparison that he thinks could apply to his team.
Gophers football teammates and their surroundings are all fair game for wide receiver Demetrius Douglas and his penchant for photography.
Kamal Martin missed the team's bowl game last season for a violation of team rules and Thursday's benching was a continuation of that punishment.
The Jackrabbits had two touchdowns called back, and the Gophers needed a fourth-quarter fumble recovery and fancy two-point conversion to win in front of the announced crowd of 49,112 fans.
After playing only two games last season because of an injury, senior Rodney Smith has come back for a final season with the backfield he's helped mentor through good times and bad.
Tanner Morgan's inner peace balances him. He focuses on positive thoughts like the confidence he has in his own ability, which repeatedly showed itself when he took over the starter's role last season.
The Jackrabbits have replaced their starting quarterback and offensive coordinator from last season.
Numbers are down around the nation on autumn Saturdays, and even big-time programs are not immune to the concern.
In the eight-year history of the Big Ten Championship Game, red and green have been the it colors. That could be about to change in 2019.
When the Gophers play South Dakota State in Thursday's opener, fans could see as many as a half-dozen running backs get some time on the field.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has that Heisman Trophy look.
Our Gophers football beat writer projects how the 14 teams will finish.
Joe Rossi already has an impressive, albeit small, sample size on the field. And coach P.J. Fleck is sure about him as a person off it.
P.J. Fleck has been deliberating between freshman Michael Lantz and redshirt freshman Brock Walker. On Thursday, Fleck still didn't have much clarity.
Without squinting too hard, an optimistic fan could see a scenario where Minnesota is among the division leaders heading into the Nov. 9 home game against Penn State.
Croft, who left Minnesota for Tennessee State, was arrested for six felony counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery, according to a Nashville newspaper.
With both added weight and experience, Rashod Bateman says he believes he's taken his game to another level and is an all-around better player.
Coach P.J. Fleck said he wants to find out what some of the younger players can do in a game-like situation.
Mohamed Ibrahim is eager to build off his remarkable freshman season.
Zack Annexstad's foot injury means the starting QB battle is over, with Tanner Morgan behind center, and the backup will be a true freshman.
When Tyler Johnson earned a football scholarship to play for the University of Minnesota, north Minneapolis traveled the five miles to campus with him. The journey began with a choice he made well before arriving on campus.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said quarterback Zack Annexstad felt a "pop" in his foot on Friday. Fellow sophomore Tanner Morgan becomes the likely starter, at least for the team's Aug. 29 opener vs. South Dakota State.
The Gophers opened training camp Wednesday, but Saturday will be their first practice in full pads, and one of three open to the public.
With training camp opening Monday, the team's veterans and coach P.J. Fleck can't wait to see how the season unfolds - one that features a more experienced team and a favorable schedule.
Tanner Morgan and Zack Annexstad split time last year, with Morgan taking over for injured Annexstad about halfway through the season.
First, there was Legends and Leaders. Now, there is East and West. Soon, there will be … nothing? Why do some people think this would be a good idea?
From P.J. Fleck's perspective, a 14-year drought caused Gophers fans to doubt that Paul Bunyon's Axe would ever return to Minnesota.