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Continued: History lesson: Gophers football and the pursuit of four straight Big Ten wins

  • Article by: BRIAN STENSAAS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 8, 2013 - 12:51 PM

No. 4: Lost 52-23 at Ohio State

The skinny: The Buckeyes raced out to a 28-3 lead before the Gophers knew what hit them and Minnesota failed in a game of catch-up. The teams combined for 918 yards of offense.


1993 (Jim Wacker)

Won: vs. Purdue, at Northwestern, vs. No. 15 Wisconsin

No. 4: Lost 23-20 at Illinois

The skinny: The Illini rallied from a 20-9 fourth quarter deficit, scoring the winning touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. It was Illinois’ fourth straight in the Big Ten, but the Illini would not win again that season.


1999 (Glen Mason)

Won: at No. 2 Penn State, vs. Indiana, at Iowa

No. 4: Lost 38-24 at Purdue*

The skinny: Drew Brees passed for 409 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 88 yards adding another TD for the eventual Big Ten co-champion Boilermakers, who went on to lose in the Rose Bowl.


2000 (Mason)

Won: vs. No. 22 Illinois, vs. Penn State, at No. 6 Ohio State

No. 4: Lost 51-43 at Indiana

The skinny: In a classic shootout, the Hoosiers’ Antwaan Randle El ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs two minutes apart to put Indiana ahead for good. Randle El finished with a career-high 473 yards of total offense.


2002 (Mason)

Won: vs. Illinois, vs. Northwestern, at Michigan State

No. 4: Lost 34-3 at No. 6 Ohio State

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Pittsburgh 5
Miami 5 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Nathan 6
Minnesota 4 FINAL
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