Football

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David Cobb barely played his first two seasons but has emerged as a star.
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Thu, 11/20/2014
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With at least three games left in his senior season, David Cobb is on the verge of getting his name in the record books.

“If you told me two years ago I would be close to this, I wouldn’t believe it,” Cobb said. “It would be huge for me. And not just for me, but for our [offensive] line.”

Cobb is eighth in the country in rushing yards with 1,350 this season, just 114 yards shy of Laurence Maroney’s 2005 program record of 1,464. 

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The Gophers will also need to contain running back Ameer Abdullah.
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Wed, 11/19/2014
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Cameron Botticelli remembers the sequences well.

In both of Minnesota’s Big Ten losses and in its closest win — a 39-38 shootout against Purdue — the Gophers’ defense came out slow and struggled to contain speedy playmakers.

It started last month against the Boilermakers when wide receiver Danny Anthrop turned a simple screen pass into a 55-yard touchdown reception. Later in the first half, running back Raheem Mostert went 42 yards for a touchdown before Purdue headed to the locker room with a 31-20 halftime lead.

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Minnesota’s confidence should lift fans’ spirits.
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Mon, 11/17/2014
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De’Vondre Campbell appeared unemotional and unfazed when he spoke to reporters following the Gophers’ 31-24 loss to Ohio State.

The redshirt junior linebacker didn’t blink or stutter when he said Minnesota would see the Buckeyes again this season.

The next time that rematch could take place would be at the Big Ten championship game, and that’s exactly what Campbell alluded to.

It would be easy for doubters to point to the Gophers’ three losses on the season and claim Campbell’s prediction to be inconceivable.

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The Gophers forced three turnovers in Saturday’s game against Ohio State.
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Mon, 11/17/2014
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All year, head coach Jerry Kill has preached to his team the importance of turnovers and the vital role they play in changing the course of a game.

Saturday’s 31-24 loss to No. 8 Ohio State proved to be no different.

“We made three or four critical errors and against Ohio State. You can’t make them,” Kill said. “You’ve got to play football, and you can’t make those mistakes.”

While the Gophers made mistakes, it was actually Ohio State’s mess-ups that allowed Minnesota to hang around with the Big Ten juggernaut.

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Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett torched the Gophers with both his arm and his legs.
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Mon, 11/17/2014
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By the time the Gophers escaped the snow and filed through TCF Bank Stadium’s tunnel to their locker room, they had come within a few plays of defeating one of the best teams in the nation.

But when Minnesota (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) narrowly lost to Ohio State 31-24 on Saturday, there was a sizable gap between each team’s quarterback.

Mitch Leidner completed seven of 19 pass attempts for the Gophers to finish with just 85 yards, throwing two interceptions along the way.

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Mon, 11/17/2014
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Recap: Minnesota found itself in an early 14-0 hole, but it climbed back thanks in part to its defense forcing turnovers.

Junior defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun recorded an interception and forced a fumble, allowing senior running back David Cobb to score two of his three rushing touchdowns before halftime.

The Gophers came into the second half out of sync offensively, and redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner threw two interceptions that allowed Ohio State to extend its lead to 31-14.

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Minnesota narrowly lost to Ohio State on Saturday, but the gap between each team's quarterbacks was wide.
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Sat, 11/15/2014
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By the time the Gophers escaped the snow and filed through TCF Bank Stadium’s tunnel toward their locker room, they had come within a play or two of beating one of the best teams in the nation.

But when Minnesota (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) narrowly lost to Ohio State 31-24 on Saturday, there was a sizable gap between each team’s quarterback.

Mitch Leidner completed seven of 19 pass attempts for the Gophers to finish with just 85 yards, throwing two interceptions along the way.

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Jerry Kill’s first recruiting class will play its final home game this weekend.
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Thu, 11/13/2014
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When head coach Jerry Kill arrived on campus four years ago, he didn’t have much time to put together his first recruiting class as a Big Ten head coach.

Kill kept the players who had already accepted scholarships from former head coach Tim Brewster, and he tried his best to add those who still hadn’t decided which school to play at.

Fast-forward four years, and that patchwork recruiting class has catapulted the Gophers into the national spotlight. Now, the team is preparing for its final game at TCF Bank Stadium.

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Minnesota will face a top-10 opponent when Ohio State comes to campus.
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Thu, 11/13/2014
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The Gophers looked helpless when they lost to TCU 30-7 in September.

David Cobb rushed for only 41 yards, Mitch Leidner threw three interceptions and cornerback Jalen Myrick couldn’t stop high-flying TCU receiver Josh Doctson.

The Gophers will face a similar team Saturday, when No. 8 Ohio State comes to Minneapolis with athletic receivers and one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.

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The Buckeyes are up to No. 8 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll.
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Wed, 11/12/2014
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After the Gophers’ dominating victory over Iowa last weekend, head coach Jerry Kill went home and watched Minnesota’s next opponent — Ohio State — with a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream at his side.

After the Buckeyes game and his ice cream were finished, Kill had trouble sleeping because of Ohio State’s impressive victory over reigning conference champion Michigan State.

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