Rise and shine: Gophers face Western Illinois at 11 a.m.
- Blog Post by: Joe Christensen
- September 14, 2013 - 10:23 AM
It's a nice, cool morning here at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers will kick off against Western Illinois at 11 a.m.
Weather.com says it'll be 64 degrees at kickoff. It'll be cloudy during the game, but the rain is supposed to hold off until later tonight.
It'll be interesting to see how competitive Western Illinois can make this game under first-year coach Bob Nielson, who won two national championships at Minnesota-Duluth. Here's Patrick Reusse's column on Nielson.
Western Illinois is 2-0 after wins over Hampton and Division II Quincy. The Leathernecks have a player named Hi-C Scott, a junior college transfer who had three catches of more than 20 yards against Quincy.
The Gophers are wearing their gold jerseys and maroon pants today.
Donnell Kirkwood (sprained ankle) isn't expected to play, but he moved around great during warm-ups.
© 2013 Star Tribune