Hartman: Cobb shines again in Gophers victory

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 3, 2013 - 7:50 AM

The Gophers football team had a lot of heroes in its third consecutive conference victory Saturday, beating Indiana 42-39 — a victory over an opponent that was a nine-point favorite on its home field.

There was Aaron Hill, a redshirt senior linebacker who recovered a fumble by Indiana’s Tevin Coleman with 25 seconds to play as the Gophers were trying to keep the Hoosiers out of the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown. Indiana had second-and-goal from the Gophers 9-yard line.

Hill was smart enough to know that the pass Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld had thrown to Coleman didn’t go forward, making the ball live at the Gophers 23-yard line. Hill picked up the ball and started running the other way, a recovery that led to only the Gophers’ third victory in Bloomington since 1969.

Yes, Hill was a hero, but so was quarterback Philip Nelson, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns, the most important of all the 50-yarder to Maxx Williams that put the Gophers back in front with 1:53 to play after Indiana had come all the way back from a 35-13 deficit in the third quarter.

However, without the great rushing of David Cobb, who rushed 29 times for 188 yards and kept the talented Hoosiers offense off the field, the Gophers would not have won. He picked up a final first down after Hill’s recovery with an 11-yard run, enabling the Gophers to run out the clock.

Cobb, a junior from Killeen, Texas, has found himself a big part of the past three Gophers victories, rushing for more than 100 yards in each game.

Through the first two years of his career, Cobb had rushed for only 65 yards on 11 carries. Now, with 429 yards on 80 carries over the past three games, he has accumulated 803 yards on 140 carries this season.

Cobb had only six of the Gophers’ 38 carries in the season opener against UNLV, then had nine carries at New Mexico State and 13 against Western Illinois.

But he had 25 carries for 125 yards against San Jose State, showing what he could do.

All the Gophers running backs struggled to get going in their first two Big Ten games, losses to Iowa and Michigan; in those two games, Cobb combined for 15 carries for 42 yards. But he has taken off of late, and the Gophers have taken off with him.

Cobb has also become a much more dangerous receiving threat. Cobb had caught one pass his entire collegiate career before this season. This year he has 11 receptions for 118 yards, including a career-high 27-yarder Saturday.

Vikings maintained faith in Ponder

While most of the media had retired Christian Ponder as the Vikings starting quarterback when Josh Freeman was signed, both General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier have never given up on the 2011 first-round draft choice.

Spielman and Frazier have made it clear that they still believe all Ponder needs is some more experience to develop into a good quarterback.

So all the talk about Ponder not starting again this year was clearly off base, as he will start his second game since Freeman was acquired Sunday at Dallas.

There is a little more pressure on Ponder to produce in this game, since he was raised in Texas and will have a great number of relatives and friends watching the game.

However, Ponder said he grew up a Broncos fan, even though he lived closer to the Cowboys.

“I grew up a Denver Broncos fan because of John Elway, but I followed Dallas a little bit,” he said.

  • related content

  • Gophers pull out 'crazy' road victory over Indiana

    Sunday November 3, 2013

    Big point swings finally ended with Aaron Hill’s lateral recovery.

  • Watch the replay: Gophers-Indiana football Live Blog

    Sunday November 3, 2013

    Photos, social media and more from the Gophers-Indiana game in Bloomington, Ind.

  • Gophers running back David Cobb tried to escape the tackle of Indiana’s Michael Hunter on Saturday. Cobb ran for 188 yards, his third consecutive 100-yard game, and perhaps not coincidentally, the Gophers won their third game in a row.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Chicago 14 2nd Qtr 5:00
Detroit 10
Philadelphia 3:30 PM
Seattle 7:30 PM
San Francisco
Cleveland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Washington 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee 11/30/14 12:00 PM
San Diego 11/30/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Oakland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
New Orleans 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Carolina 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Arizona 11/30/14 3:05 PM
New England 11/30/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Denver 11/30/14 7:30 PM
Kansas City
Miami 12/1/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
Edmonton 7:00 PM
ULM 54 2nd Half 2:27
Robert Morris 65
Santa Clara 38 2nd Half 6:34
Tennessee 50
Oklahoma 30 1st Half 4:34
Butler 14
Austin Peay 1:00 PM
Princeton 1:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Coastal Carolina 1:30 PM
Kansas 1:30 PM
Rhode Island
Wisconsin 2:30 PM
FIU 2:30 PM
USC Upstate
Long Island 3:00 PM
Stony Brook
San Diego 3:30 PM
Illinois 4:00 PM
Indiana State
Western Ky 5:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Cal State Fullerton 5:00 PM
Wright State
Michigan State 5:30 PM
UCLA 6:00 PM
North Carolina
Marquette 7:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Long Beach State 7:30 PM
Western Mich
Stephen F Austin 8:00 PM
Prairie View
UAB 8:30 PM
Rice 8:30 PM
San Jose St 10:00 PM
Washington St 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Baylor 10:59 PM
Ohio U 24 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 21
LSU 6:30 PM
Texas A&M
(6) TCU 6:30 PM
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
Hartford 25 2nd Half
Furman 27
Clemson 20 1st Half 7:28
Ohio State 28
Idaho State 1:00 PM
San Diego State
East Carolina 1:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Santa Clara 2:30 PM
Texas-El Paso
Florida State 2:30 PM
Wichita State 2:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Wisconsin 3:15 PM
(1) South Carolina
BYU 5:00 PM
Kansas State 5:00 PM
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Illinois 5:00 PM
(9) Kentucky
Central Michigan 7:00 PM
Oklahoma 7:15 PM
South Florida
Princeton 7:30 PM
Wake Forest
(19) Oregon State 8:00 PM


question of the day

Poll: Will the Gophers bring home The Axe?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters