Amid a mob of teammates, Maxx Williams stood on the field after the University of Minnesota football team’s 30-14 victory at the University of Michigan last Saturday. The victory gave him more than the Little Brown Jug rivalry trophy — he completed a family legacy.
Moments after his performance on the field ended, Williams couldn’t wait to find his father.
As Wolverines fans filed through the exits, Brian Williams hustled down the bleachers of the nation’s largest stadium to see his son celebrating on the field.
Minnesota executed a two-minute drive to end the first half at Michigan that changed the feel of the game.
More than five months after the NCAA’s approval of a new rule allowing Division I athletics departments to provide unlimited meals and snacks to athletes, the Gophers are still becoming acclimated to the new allotment of food.
The NCAA’s Board of Directors approved the new rule April 24, and many athletics departments are in the process of determining how to approach the new legislation, which allows athletics programs to provide unlimited food if they choose to.
The Gophers will use the week to heal before returning to Big Ten action.
In 2011, the Gophers limped out of their nonconference schedule with a 1-3 record — their only victory was a narrow one at home against winless Miami-Ohio.
The next week, Minnesota played its first conference game under head coach Jerry Kill at No. 19 Michigan and was humiliated 58-0.
“I remember being here and saying we better get stronger, faster, better athletically, or we are going to be in trouble,” Kill said Saturday after Minnesota defeated Michigan for just the second time since 1986.
Recap: The Gophers featured a more balanced attack Saturday en route to a 30-14 victory over Michigan, winning the Little Brown Jug for just the third time in 30 years. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner returned to the starting role after missing last week’s game with turf toe and a left knee injury.
Leidner put together a solid performance, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one touchdown.
Their remaining opponents all hold exposable flaws.