Patrick Reusse from Oct. 10, 2003: For a while, we actually believed

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 8:50 PM

The following is Patrick Reusse's account from the Metrodome press box after the Gophers lost to Michigan on Oct. 10, 2003:

It was a Friday night and there was nothing else significant taking place in college football. The Gophers were the toast of that world for three quarters.

Certainly, the folks on ESPN had to be throwing constant praise in the direction of the Gophers' amazing running game - led by the amazing Marion Barber III.

This second-generation Gophers star was so sensational that you figured, come Monday, he would start appearing on those Heisman Trophy watch lists that have become so popular.

There were also generous observations to be aimed at the Gophers' defense. These hard-hitting fellows had held Michigan scoreless in the first half.

Michigan? Scoreless against Minnesota? It had to be a cruel joke.

It was . . . the cruelest for those 20,000 longtime Gophers loyalists who were joined by 40,000 front-runners at the Metrodome.

The Gophers were leading 28-7 entering the fourth quarter. They had not scored as many as 28 points against a Michigan team since 1937.

This was a romp. This was a celebration.

This was the national showcase event that could vault the Gophers into the top 10. This was the victory that would start serious Rose Bowl conversation in these parts for the first time in four decades.

The students and the other young folks in the yellow T-shirts were in the Dome just having a good time. The rest of us – the older generations - could not believe what we were watching. The Gophers having their way against Michigan . . . what could be next? Rush Limbaugh asking for forgiveness?

The Gophers last had a piece of a Big Ten title in 1967. Since then, Michigan was 31-2 against their Little Brown Jug rivals. The Gophers beat Michigan once in '70s (1977), once in the '80s (1986) and then skipped the '90s.

The losing streak was 14. The Gophers rarely beat Michigan, and never pummeled it. But there it was:

Gophers 28, Wolverines 7, and "That's the end of the third quarter!"

This was the most impressive football game the Gophers had played since . . . well, the guess here is that Bobby Bell was on the field at the time.

Michigan was so helpless in trying to stop the Barber-fueled offense that even we old-timers could not see anything traumatic coming around the corner.

Which means all baby boomers who were in attendance should be asking ourselves a question this morning: How could we be so naive?

We have been watching this for 35 years. We know that more often than not the Gophers are going to be buried in the Big Ten's second division. Even more clearly, we know when the Gophers do escape to the first division and an opportunity to fully turn around the program is being served up on a tee, the Gophers are going to slice it into oblivion.

Wolverines 38, Gophers 35.

I'm not sure I should believe my lyin' eyes.

Yes, Michigan came back to within 28-21 in that fourth quarter, when Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw the most ill-advised aerial since the forward pass was legalized early in the last century.

The flip went to Michigan's Jacob Stewart, and he cruised intothe end zone, accompanied by 60,000 groans.

But so what? Abdul-Khaliq came back to prove he is an athlete capable of reaching inside for a new rush of composure. On third-and-a-foot near midfield, he paused an instant, stepped through a gap in Michigan's compacted defense and went 52 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-21.
There were 11 minutes left. The quarterback had rallied, and now his team was back in charge.

It was a night when the magnificent Barber had 198 yards on 21 carries, and the Gophers totaled 424 yards on the ground.

You can't rush for 424 yards and lose . . . can't happen.

Unless it's the Gophers playing Michigan. Unless it's the Gophers with a giant opportunity staring at them through their facemasks.

"This isn't a one-shot thing," a fully drained Mason said later. "Our kids have had a lot of setbacks in their careers."

Never one like this. Never one where 53 carries for 8.0 yards a pop turned into a 38-35 loss.

If Mason's kids come back from this one and get themselves into a New Year's Day bowl, both the coach and the athletes will deserve more cheers than they heard for three quarters Friday.

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Atlanta 14
Tennessee 17 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 27
Detroit 6 3rd Qtr 8:54
New England 24
Green Bay 14 3rd Qtr 8:52
Minnesota 10
Jacksonville 3 3rd Qtr 8:31
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Cincinnati 16 3rd Qtr 7:19
Houston 10
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UNC Greensboro 67
Wofford 64 FINAL
Sam Houston St 53
Ark-Pine Bluff 43 FINAL
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Southern Ill 67 FINAL
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Cornell 40
American Univ 31 2nd Half 11:01
Morehead State 33
CS-Northridge 36 2nd Half
Ark-Little Rock 41
Bethune-Cookman 27 2nd Half
Central Conn St 35
Columbia 32 2nd Half
Lehigh 23
Texas A&M 26 2nd Half
New Mexico 31
TX A&M-CC 24 2nd Half
Saint Louis 27
Merchant Marine 28 2nd Half
Stony Brook 43
South Dakota 17 1st Half 6:53
Fairfield 21
Longwood 13 1st Half 9:47
Eastern Mich 17
Providence 13 1st Half 13:38
Notre Dame 16
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Fordham
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Kentucky
Iona 5:00 PM
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Seton Hall
Akron 5:30 PM
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Connecticut 5:30 PM
West Virginia
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Howard
Sacred Heart 6:00 PM
Ohio State
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Vanderbilt
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Char Southern 9 FINAL
(8) Georgia 55
South Alabama 12 FINAL
So Carolina 37
Rutgers 3 FINAL
(10) Michigan State 45
(22) Minnesota 28 FINAL
Nebraska 24
Northwestern 38 FINAL
Purdue 14
(19) Marshall 23 FINAL
UAB 18
Kansas 7 FINAL
(20) Oklahoma 44
Indiana 27 FINAL
(7) Ohio State 42
Penn State 14 FINAL
Illinois 16
(16) Eastern Ky 3 FINAL
Florida 52
TX-San Antonio 7 FINAL
Western Ky 45
SMU 7 FINAL
UCF 53
Tulsa 28 FINAL
Houston 38
Virginia Tech 3 FINAL
Wake Forest 6
Washington St 31 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 52
Louisiana Tech 27 FINAL
Old Dominion 30
Western Mich 32 FINAL
Central Mich 20
New Mexico 20 FINAL
(21) Colorado State 58
Eastern Mich 30 FINAL
Ball State 45
Appalachian St 35 FINAL
Louisiana 16
(12) Arizona 42 FINAL
Utah 10
FIU 14 FINAL
North Texas 17
(18) Ole Miss 0 FINAL
Arkansas 30
(24) Louisville 31 FINAL
Notre Dame 28
Maryland 23 FINAL
Michigan 16
Texas Tech 34 FINAL
Iowa State 31
(14) Wisconsin 26 FINAL
Iowa 24
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(1) Florida State 20
Georgia State 0 FINAL
(23) Clemson 28
Tulane 6 FINAL
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Memphis 31
Colorado 10 FINAL
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Samford 7 FINAL
(15) Auburn 31
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Virginia 30
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(17) Missouri 29 FINAL
Tennessee 21
Oklahoma State 28 FINAL
(5) Baylor 49
USC 20 FINAL
(9) UCLA 38
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
Connecticut 0
(25) Boise State 63 FINAL
Wyoming 14
Oregon State 13 FINAL
Washington 37
Fresno State 40 FINAL
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UNLV 35 FINAL
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Temple 51
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Florida State 71
Creighton 57 2nd Half 0:36
(1) Connecticut 96
Bryant 70 2nd Half 3:35
Boston College 84
Robert Morris 68 2nd Half 4:16
UMBC 49
Sacred Heart 59 FINAL
Maine 58
Virginia Tech 57 2nd Half 6:00
Providence 53
Coll of Charleston 21 2nd Half
George Mason 27
Hartford 29 2nd Half
Lafayette 39
William & Mary 44 2nd Half
High Point 37
Western Ill 51 2nd Half
Florida Atlantic 45
Pittsburgh 33 2nd Half
James Madison 41
Toledo 20 2nd Half
(24) Purdue 34
Western Mich 28 2nd Half
Michigan 42
Cleveland State 42 2nd Half
FIU 28
San Diego State 16 2nd Half
(2) South Carolina 51
Mount St Marys 33 2nd Half
Davidson 23
IUPUI 19 2nd Half
(15) Michigan State 31
Illinois State 27 2nd Half
Colorado State 40
Incarnate Word 15 2nd Half
Indiana 43
Cincinnati 30 2nd Half
Iowa State 38
Furman 32 1st Half 1:05
Clemson 41
VA Commonwealth 43 2nd Half
Ohio State 52
Marquette 20 2nd Half
(7) Duke 42
Bethune-Cookman 12 2nd Half
East Carolina 34
Coppin State 25 2nd Half
Wake Forest 38
(24) Georgia 22 1st Half 1:18
Georgia Tech 25
Ball State 27 1st Half 0:17
(12) Louisville 38
Auburn 28 2nd Half
Virginia 33
Utah 17 2nd Half
(16) Nebraska 38
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