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Continued: Reusse: Nebraska's 84-13 romp put Gophers football in 30-year slump

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 25, 2013 - 11:46 AM

More often than not, the Gophers have laughed at themselves … and continue to do so.

They pay $800,000 to avoid a couple of games with North Carolina. Hilarious. They choke away some forsaken bowl game to a mediocre Texas Tech team and advertise it as a program builder. Funnier still. They defeat battered Northwestern and celebrate it as a grand moment in Minnesota football history. More hilarity.

Saturday, Nebraska comes to the Big Ten’s second-smallest stadium. These Huskers aren’t much. They could get coach Bo Pelini fired. Thirty years later, Gophers players on offense have reason to think they can move, and on defense to hold them.

An upset is possible. It would be a nice win. It will take much more to end the laughter that has been the common reaction to Minnesota football since 84-13.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. preusse@startribune.com

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