Football

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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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Mon, 10/13/2014
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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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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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Less than 24 hours after the Student Senate passed a resolution and Gov. Mark Dayton criticized the system, Gophers athletics released a statement announcing a change.
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Mon, 10/06/2014
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After an outcry from Gov. Mark Dayton and student leaders, the University of Minnesota’s athletics department will return to previous student ticket bundling practices.

This season, the University sold season tickets in bundles before it put individual season tickets on sale.

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Gophers tight end Maxx Williams’ performance with the University is continuing a legacy his father left behind.
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Mon, 10/06/2014
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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.

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Minnesota executed a two-minute drive to end the first half at Michigan that changed the feel of the game.
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Wed, 10/01/2014
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It took 12 plays, spanned two minutes and 17 seconds, covered 92 yards, resulted in three points and took sophisticated play-calling the Gophers offense has rarely executed this season.

But when Gophers head coach Jerry Kill recounted Minnesota’s final first-half possession in its 30-14 victory at Michigan on Saturday, he simply called the sequence "The Drive."

After the Wolverines downed a 53-yard Will Hagerup punt, Minnesota started with the ball on its own 1-yard line and the score tied 7-7.

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Head coach Jerry Kill said he supports the rule, which took effect April 24.
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Wed, 10/01/2014
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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.

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The Gophers will use the week to heal before returning to Big Ten action.
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Tue, 09/30/2014
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Quarterback Mitch Leidner took the podium after Saturday’s victory over Michigan with a more relaxed and comfortable demeanor than in previous weeks.

The redshirt sophomore returned to action against the Wolverines after a left knee injury and turf toe kept him sidelined the week before.

“It was good for me to really sit back and have a little different mindset coming back,” Leidner said.

The Gophers have had injuries at nearly every position this year, with Leidner’s receiving the most attention.

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The Gophers have improved drastically during Jerry Kill’s tenure.
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Tue, 09/30/2014
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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.

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