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Zack Annexstad did not play in the second half of Saturday's game at Nebraska because of a midsection injury suffered shortly before halftime. He was sent to a hospital but was expected to be released.
The Cornhuskers went ahead by four touchdowns in the second quarter, and racked up 659 yards for the game in their 53-28 victory sending the Gophers to their fourth consecutive loss.
On Saturday at Nebraska, running back Mohamed Ibrahim and lineman Blaise Andries, among many others, hope to build on last week's performance at Ohio State in which the Gophers ran for 178 yards.
While some teams celebrate fumbles and picks with chains, backpacks and robes the Gophers need to start taking the ball away from opponents to make any turnover prop worthwhile.
Nebraska is off to an 0-6 start with several close losses under new coach Scott Frost, the quarterback on Nebraska's last national championship team in 1997.
Senior running back Shannon Brooks was on track to play his first game Saturday in Nebraska, but his weekend arrest could change that.
With the Gophers up 7-3 early Saturday, Ohio State faced fourth-and-2 from the Minnesota 44. Mike Weber was given credit for a 3-yard gain, though the ball was spotted ahead of where Weber was down
Rather than dwell on one call, coach P.J. Fleck took away some positives from a game in which the Gophers twice had the lead on a College Football Playoff contender.
Shannon Brooks was released from the Hennepin County jail because 'further investigation is needed' in connection with an incident between Brooks and his roommate early Sunday.
After dropping from 3-0 to 3-3, the Gophers begin the second half of their season on Saturday against shockingly winless Nebraska.
Brooks, who has been sidelined all season because of a knee injury, was booked into the Hennepin County jail about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the jail log.
Too many mistakes, not enough breaks for the U allow the third-ranked Buckeyes to remain unbeaten.
A quick look at Saturday's game.
Ohio State ran for only 92 yards, but the Buckeyes were able to do damage in the air.
The backup to J.T. Barrett last year, Dwayne Haskins has passed for a nation's-best 25 touchdowns this season and is averaging 319.8 passing yards per game.
True freshman Daniel Faalele, all 6-9 and 400 pounds of him, will start at right offensive tackle against Ohio State on Saturday.
Doing most of the damage for the Hawkeyes was defensive end Anthony Nelson, who had three first-half sacks, including two on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley was a standout the Badgers let get away.
USA Today released its annual study of college football head coaching salaries Wednesday.
Jordan Howden, a true freshman walk-on from Las Vegas, is part of the Gophers' plan to replace "one of the best" in injured Antoine Winfield Jr. Hodwen is described as "a diamond in the rough" by coaches.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is impressed by Iowa's large front wall and linebackers, calling the group "big, long, tall [and] rangy."
Coming off a 42-13 loss to the Terrapins in the Big Ten opener on Sept. 22, the Gophers used the extra time to regroup, self-assess and prepare for an eight-week grind through the heart of the conference season.
Two true freshmen are taking repetitions at safety.
The Gophers paid tribute to Nick Connelly, who died Wednesday, by wearing a helmet decal with his initials and lime-green wristbands, the color used to promote lymphoma awareness.
Another 3-0 start to the football season. Another opener vs. Maryland. Déjà vu? The Gophers think not.
Connelly, a star player at Red Wing, died Wednesday at age 22 after a three-month battle with cancer. He stopped playing football last season because of concussion issues.
It's a rare reunion of teacher and pupil, who mutually admire each other, and it comes with much on the line for P.J. Fleck's Gophers and Matt Canada's Terrapins.
A student of his craft, the Green Bay native sympathized with Daniel Carlson's troubles that cost him his job with the Vikings.
"Zack's performance was pretty gutsy. In terms of showing he's got guts, he can fight through being uncomfortable,'' coach P.J. Fleck said.
Three touchdown catches by Tyler Johnson and a stingy defense masked some Gophers blemishes in a 26-3 victory over the RedHawks on a steamy afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
In the first half Saturday, the Gophers held the ball for 17:14 to Miami's 12:46 in building a 19-3 lead.
Together, four fresh faces of Gophers football — including quarterback Zack Annexstad and receiver Rashod Bateman — have made a positive impact in the season's early weeks.
One of two freshman will start for Minnesota against Miami of Ohio on Saturday. But an unexpected name has made its way into the conversation for later this season.
Antoine Winfield Jr. was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week for his efforts in the Gophers' 21-14 victory over Fresno State, and was joined by Emmit Carpenter as special teams player of the week.
Gophers Insider: An emotional P.J. Fleck heaped praise on his young team's performance Saturday night in the face of adversity after senior Rodney Smith was injured.
The Gophers cut down on the flags in their second game, committing three for 30 yards in their 21-14 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.
Senior running back Rodney Smith injured his left knee three offensive plays into Saturday night's game, in which he took a screen pass 11 yards for a first down.
Defense? Check. Special teams? Check. Offense? Sure seems like P.J. Fleck & Co. have something up their sleeves for the "chill-est, coolest" (and really talented) sophomore.
P.J. Fleck's young skill position players have only played one game together. But there was a lot to like in that one game, even during season-opening mistakes.
P.J. Fleck had no difficulty picking highlights after Thursday night's 48-10 season-opening victory over New Mexico State, and three plays — one each on offense, defense and special teams — stood out.
At the request of Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield made a phone call to Annexstad on the eve of his first start as a true freshman.
Behind three second-quarter touchdown drives that covered 75 yards or longer and a 76-yard punt return for a TD by Antoine Winfield Jr., the Gophers overwhelmed New Mexico State 48-10 in coach P.J. Fleck's second Minnesota opener
When Zack Annexstad takes the first snap Thursday, it is believed he will be only the second true freshman walk-on in major college football to start a season opener.
Any way you want to measure, the East Division of the Big Ten been dominant. Can the West start making inroads in the coming football season?
The Gophers are making final preparations for Thursday's season opener against New Mexico State.
P.J. Fleck showed in his first job that he can turn a program around quickly. Can he do it again, this time in the Big Ten?
Zack Annexstad arrived on the University of Minnesota campus in January, young enough to still be in high school but bold enough to dream big.
"The biggest thing for me is that when you talk about Zack Annexstad, he's a guy who completely blows away people's expectations," linebacker Carter Coughlin said.
The competition between redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan and true freshman Zack Annexstad to emerge as the starter for the Aug. 30 season opener against New Mexico State goes on.
Gophers defensive linemen Winston DeLattiboudere and Jerry Gibson spent part of the summer as security guards at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
One of two untested freshmen who have grown into the Gophers quarterback role will emerge as the new starter. But who will it be: Tanner Morgan or Zack Annexstad?
Defensive back Chris Williamson transferred from Florida and defensive tackle O.J. Smith from Alabama.
Six practices into Gophers training camp, Ciarrocca isn't ready to equate his offense to the New York Philharmonic, but he sees signs of his charges being capable of making some good music.
Beginning this season, Division I players are allowed to play up to four games without burning a year of eligibility. Under the old system, playing even one game, in most cases, would have cost the player a year.
Four days into training camp, P.J. Fleck gave the public its first view of his second Gophers football team, with Saturday's open training camp practice at the new indoor facility.
There's no sugarcoating the Gophers' finish of the 2017 football season, which ended with losses to Northwestern and Wisconsin by a combined score of 70-0.
Senior Blake Cashman was limited during spring practice because of a shoulder injury but is ready to compete for a starting job at weak-side linebacker.
The Badgers return a wealth of talent from last year's team that went 13-1, the only blemish a 27-21 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title Game — a setback that likely cost Wisconsin a spot in the playoff.
Fleck's motto for the season is "Race to MAH-turity'' — a nod to Ski-U-Mah — and just how quickly youth and talent develop will set the tone for Minnesota's 2018 season.
The junior from Plymouth led the Gophers with 115 tackles last year, including a Big Ten-best 76 solo stops.
The themes for the Gophers this year will be pragmatic — just how will Fleck's youthful team improve on his 5-7 Minnesota debut and when will the coach's reconstruction effort bear fruit?
After being on the chopping block for a little more than a month, 3-on-3 overtime and shootouts might be back in college hockey.
Time together on and off the field has opened up four U players to a bond they say will last a lifetime.
Shootouts for an extra point in the conference standings? On the way out. Three-on-three overtime? Likely kaput. Different overtime rules for different conferences? Going…
Jacob Clark is the 24th-rated pro-style passer in the nation.
Defenseman Ben Brinkman, who was a junior this past season, accelerated his high school education to graduate early.
To Temi Ogunrinde, the proposal seemed preposterous. She had been a sprinter her whole life, and that's what felt comfortable.
His eyes moist from tears and his voice cracking, coach John Anderson was at a loss for words after the Gophers won their first NCAA title in his 37 years of running the team.
Micah Coffey doubled down the right-field line to score Tanner Vavra in the top of the 10th inning for the winning run. The Gophers will play the winner of the UCLA-Gonzaga game on Sunday night.
He surfed into Minnesota on a big wave, the California cool kid with a flow of hockey hair, a sleeve of tattoos and an impressive…
Reggie Meyer gave up one run and five hits over eight innings while striking out six and the Gophers scored five runs in the second inning to breeze to victory.
In his 37th year as coach, John Anderson might have his best shot at advancing after the Gophers won both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.
Minnesota's Class of 2019 is thought to be off to a good start, despite losing Edina offensive tackle Quinn Carroll, the state's top-ranked recruit, who chose Notre Dame.
The annual trip of Gophers coaches appearing around the state had a noticeable absence in St. Cloud. "Next year, I'll be there," men's hockey coach Bob Motzko said.
With a new coach in charge, changes will come. But Bob Motzko, the former St. Cloud State coach, wants to be thoughtful as he goes forward.
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