Jerry Kill came to the Gophers football program with a reputation for building programs — and, in particular, making a big step in his third year at a school. That has been the case in 2013, with the Gophers jumping to eight victories and continuing a progression. That said, it’s also interesting to compare the progression of Kill with that of Glen Mason in his early years at Minnesota — specifically, how each coach fared in his third season at the helm. Mason was 3-9 in his first season (1997) and 5-6 in his second season. Kill was 3-9 in his first season (2011) and 6-7 in his second season.
Record in third season at Minnesota
Mason: 8-4 (1999)
Kill: 8-4 (2013) heading into bowl game
Ground and pound
Under Mason: Thomas Hamner became first Gopher since Chris Darkins in 1994 to top 1,000 yards rushing.
Under Kill: David Cobb became first Gopher since Amir Pinnix in 2006 to top 1,000 yards rushing.
Mason: Held 11 opponents to 24 points or fewer.
Kill: Held 10 opponents (so far) to 24 points or fewer.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda
Mason: The four losses that season were by a combined 15 points, and all of the Big Ten losses were at home.
Kill: Team was 8-2 with a chance for even bigger things, but offense stalled in losses to Wisconsin and Michigan State to end conference season.
Mason: 24-23 victory at Penn State, which at the time was ranked No. 2 in the country.
Kill: 34-23 home victory over Nebraska, the first time the Gophers had beaten the Huskers since 1960 (16 games).
Mason: The Gophers went to a bowl game for the first time since 1986 and won eight games for the first time since 1967.
Kill: Gophers won four consecutive Big Ten games for first time since 1973 and have a chance, with a bowl victory, for only their second season with at least nine victories since 1905.
|Chicago WSox - WP: S. Carroll||6||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister||2|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Minor||11||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||6|
|NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman||0|
|Arizona - WP: W. Miley||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0|
|St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright||10||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||2|
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: V. Black||5|
|Boston - LP: J. Peavy||2||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||3|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Correia||9||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||3|
|Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison||3||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||10|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1|
|Washington - WP: R. Detwiler||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Wilson||6||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover||5|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||5||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: M. Mikolas||2|
|San Diego||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Oakland||0||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Red Bull New York||4|
|Sporting Kansas City||2||FINAL|
|Chivas USA||1||2nd Half 20:00|
|Real Salt Lake||0||2nd Half|
|Edmonton||7/17/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||7/18/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||7/18/14 9:00 PM|
|Montreal||7/19/14 6:00 PM|
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