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The Gophers rolled to a 34-3 victory at TCF Bank Stadium but running backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith played a combined one half of football.
Brent Stockstill is in his third year as a starter for the Blue Raiders and has passed for 7,714 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career. His absence was a big blow Saturday for the visitors to TCF Bank Stadium.
Rickie James, the Blue Raiders' best player, can score from anywhere on the field. Antoine Winfield Jr., the Gophers' best defensive back will spend the day trying to prevent that.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck isn't endorsing religion; he hopes his players 'believe in something bigger.'
Breaking down Saturday's game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Demry Croft is the second player coach P.J. Fleck has sat in his first year in Minnesota. "If you can't abide by the culture, you're not going to play," Fleck said.
Coming soon to Gophers football: An Ohio State season opener at TCF Bank Stadium, early October rivalry games against Wisconsin and nonconference games mixed into the Big Ten schedule
Conor Rhoda will have three starts and a bye week under his belt before the Big Ten season begins with a visit from Maryland on Sept. 30.
The Gophers forced three turnovers and got long-yardage plays on the ground and through the air against the Beavers en route to a 48-14 romp at Oregon State.
A breakdown of Saturday night's game in Corvallis, Ore.
Though the Gophers began the P.J. Fleck era by winning, their offensive performance, especially, raised questions.
Those who anticipated an easy win and a high-energy celebration of a new regime likely went home only partially satisfied following the 17-7 victory in a game where the Gophers were favored to win by almost four touchdowns.
Tyler Johnson had all of his six catches for 141 yards in the first half, including a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
When P.J. Fleck said, "I'm here to change the culture" the Gophers football coach didn't just mean for his players.
The Bulls have mainly toiled in anonymity, with nine FBS seasons of two or fewer victories and only two winning campaigns.
Exploring the many clues about what the Gophers will look like under first-year coach P.J. Fleck.
With Aug. 1-31 as an NCAA-mandated recruiting dead period for college football programs, coaches couldn't get their message to recruits. But P.J. Fleck's weekly docu-series on ESPNU was a legal in.
A game-by-game look at what's ahead for P.J. Fleck's first Gophers season.
Before Emmit Carpenter could work toward an encore of his near-perfect 2016, he needed to go through the high-tempo, high-pressure training camp orchestrated by P.J. Fleck.
P.J. Fleck's first training camp in Minnesota featured a team adjusting to — and embracing — its new coach's ways
Neither Conor Rhoda nor Demry Croft has seized the job with superior play over the other in camp. But coach P.J. Fleck said, "This is not a controversy."
Regardless of who starts at quarterback, a decision that still hasn't been made, he will be operating behind an offensive line that has depth issues.
Coach P.J. Fleck said Demry Croft and Conor Rhoda "did a lot of really good things" during Saturday's closed scrimmage but that neither has won the starting job.
Common wisdom is that short guys shouldn't even try to become defensive linemen. But Steven Richardson has made the most of what he doesn't have.
Third-year sophomore Demry Croft and fifth-year senior Conor Rhoda are competing for the starting job, and Saturday's scrimmage should go a long way in determining which QB P.J. Fleck chooses for Week 1.
The Gophers received a scare in Tuesday's open practice when standout sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. left the football field on a cart after injuring his left hamstring during drills.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson, a former Minneapolis North star, is an emerging standout of a relatively young group of wideouts.
The Gophers coach, in the team's first open practice of the season, goes for tempo, quick reactions under pressure.
Five days into training camp, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck and his staff gave the players their stiffest test yet. Saturday was the day to install the all-important third-down packages.
If an offensive line is the foundation of a football team, then the Gophers left spring practice in need of some shoring up.
Players expressed a mix of optimism, curiosity and confidence during the team's media day on Monday.
When the team begins training camp Tuesday, P.J. Fleck will have most of the 22 players available. And he expects to have them all back for contact drills within 10 days.
She brings business experience. Her opponent in the Fifth District race, Debbie Goettel, would bring only "political experience," and we've had enough of that.
The No. 2 Gophers wrestling team took down No. 1 Penn State by a mere point in its final home match of the season.
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