The hot hand

The Gophers use a backfield rotation of Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, but it was Smith who put up the big number — 257 all-purpose yards — against Rutgers last Saturday. A look at Smith’s growth in his sophomore season:

Opponent Att.-Yds. TDs APY*

Sept. 1, Oregon State, W 30-23 25-125 2 127

Sept. 10, Indiana State, W 58-28 17-74 1 88

Sept. 24, Colorado State, W 31-24 17-99 2 114

Oct. 1, at Penn State, L, 29-26 (OT) 23-104 0 143

Oct. 8, Iowa, L, 14-7 11-44 0 105

Oct. 15, at Maryland, W, 31-10 18-144 2 167

Oct. 22 Rutgers, W 34-32 22-111 2 257

Totals 133-701 9 1,001

*All-purpose yards