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Minnesota’s goal is to hold opposing offenses to fewer than 17 points per game.
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After allowing Northwestern to put together a 97-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the fourth quarter, the Gophers’ defense had a new sense of eagerness.

“We definitely felt like we could stop them on the next drive. There [were] no heads down. We were still confident in ourselves,” senior linebacker Damien Wilson said Saturday after the Gophers’ 24-17 victory over Northwestern.

The defense has been playing with confidence, which is arguably the reason the Gophers have bolted to a 5-1 start.

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Mon, 10/13/2014
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When ESPN commentator Ed Cunningham said the Gophers were the favorite out of the Big Ten West following Minnesota’s victory over Michigan, I smirked.

My initial thought was that Cunningham’s praise was simply an example of a well-known media pundit using superfluous language to make a victory seem bigger than it actually was.

But after the Gophers grinded out a victory against a gritty Northwestern opponent over the weekend, it seems as though Cunningham’s words might hold water after all.

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After the Gophers game Saturday, a crew worked late to get TCF Bank Stadium NFL-ready before kickoff Sunday.
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Just 30 minutes after the Gophers football team toppled Northwestern on Saturday, the signature maroon and gold “M” had nearly vanished from TCF Bank Stadium’s 50-yard line.

More than 100,000 fans filed into the University of Minnesota stadium over the weekend to watch the Gophers or Vikings, as the teams played consecutive games Saturday and Sunday. But behind the players’ stage, operation staff worked overnight to transition the facility from a college scene to one ready for an NFL game.

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After the Gophers game Saturday, a crew worked late to get TCF Bank Stadium NFL-ready before kickoff Sunday.
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Just 30 minutes after the Gophers football team toppled Northwestern on Saturday, the signature maroon and gold “M” had nearly vanished from TCF Bank Stadium’s 50-yard line.

More than 100,000 fans filed into the University of Minnesota stadium over the weekend to watch the Gophers or Vikings, as the teams played consecutive games Saturday and Sunday. But behind the players’ stage, operation staff worked overnight to transition the facility from a college scene to one ready for an NFL game.

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Mon, 10/13/2014
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Recap: The Gophers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) took a 7-0 lead toward the end of the first quarter with a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Mitch Leidner. The team never trailed in a 24-17 win against Northwestern.

The Wildcats did fight back in the fourth quarter with a 97-yard drive to tie the game at 17-17. But sophomore defensive back Jalen Myrick quickly put the Gophers back on top with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving Minnesota the lead that finished the game.

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Sophomore Jalen Myrick scored the deciding touchdown in Saturday’s game.
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Mon, 10/13/2014
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Jerry Kill endearingly calls Jalen Myrick “a piece of work.”

Sometimes the Gophers head coach has to tell the sophomore defensive back to pay attention in practice and stop messing around.

“I joke a lot,” Myrick said. “In practice, I play around a little too much.”

But Myrick got serious after Northwestern tied the game midway through the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 24-17 victory on Saturday.

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Jalen Myrick returned a kick 100 yards in the fourth quarter, and the Gophers defeated Northwestern 24-17.
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There’s no consensus among the Gophers football team regarding who the team’s fastest player is.

But sophomore defensive back Jalen Myrick made his case as he bolted down the left sideline for a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday, which made the difference in Minnesota’s 24-17 victory over Northwestern.

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Northwestern has beaten Penn State and Wisconsin in its past two games.
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Thu, 10/09/2014
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Gophers fans are still buzzing about the program’s victory at Michigan last month. After all, Minnesota’s first time defeating the Wolverines since 2005 deserved some celebration.

This week’s opponent, Northwestern, did something more remarkable last weekend while the Gophers were on their couches watching a bizarre day of college football unfold.

Eleven of the nation’s 25 ranked teams lost, including Northwestern’s opponent — then-No. 17 Wisconsin.

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Redshirt freshman Ryan Santoso has played a big role in Minnesota’s success.
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Thu, 10/09/2014
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Looking at the Gophers’ sideline a year ago, one may have thought No. 28 was a tight end or defensive lineman.

But that assumption would be wrong.

At 6 feet 6 inches and 260 pounds, freshman Ryan Santoso played as the team’s kicker. Head coach Jerry Kill calls him the “Big Man.”

But Santoso isn’t as big anymore. He trimmed down to 245 pounds over the summer but still carries a big leg.

Santoso said the longest field goal he’s ever made occurred during a high school practice where he kicked the ball 70 yards.

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The Gophers will return to play this weekend at home after a bye week.
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Wed, 10/08/2014
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While he didn’t register a carry in Minnesota’s 24-7 victory against San Jose State on Sept. 20, junior running back Rodrick Williams was crucial in the Gophers’ second-half push at Michigan a week later.

After that contest, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said senior running back David Cobb, who finished the 30-14 Michigan victory with 183 rushing yards, was shaken up toward the end of the game.

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