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.
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.