When Jerry Kill answered questions Saturday night following the University of Minnesota’s 30-14 victory at the University of Michigan, it almost looked like Minnesota had lost.
The Gophers head coach appeared subdued as he softly spoke about his team’s second victory over the Wolverines since 1986, looking toward his wife, Rebecca, and his daughter Krystal standing in the back of the room.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When Jerry Kill answered questions Saturday night following the University of Minnesota’s 30-14 win at University of Michigan, it almost looked like Minnesota had lost.
The Gophers head coach appeared subdued as he softly spoke about his team’s second victory over the Wolverines since 1986, looking toward his wife Rebecca and daughter Krystal standing in the back of the room.
Last year, Kill didn’t make the trip to Ann Arbor.
He rested at home with his family, recovering from an epileptic seizure as Minnesota lost 42-13.
After missing Minnesota's trip to Michigan last year with a seizure, Jerry Kill led the Gophers to a victory Saturday.
About six weeks ago, Devin Gardner was all smiles entering into his senior season.
Sitting at a round table surrounded by nearly a dozen media members, the Michigan quarterback discussed his increased chances of winning the Heisman Trophy, the looming rivalry game at Notre Dame and the Wolverines’ passing attack — which he said would be “without a doubt” the best in the Big Ten.
But times have changed.
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Neither Minnesota nor Michigan has shown an ability to pass the ball four weeks into the season. The Gophers rank last in the Big Ten in pass offense, and the Wolverines are barely better, sitting at 12th out of 14 teams in the conference.
To top it off, both programs enter Saturday’s matchup with uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position.
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Despite the laughable fact that the fans at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday had the same number of passing yards as the Gophers did through almost the whole game, redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Streveler might have played his way into the starting spot.
Unlike redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner’s first collegiate start, Streveler’s didn’t feature four rushing touchdowns or multiple completed passes — unless throwing one to the other team counts.
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Recap: Minnesota (3-1) compiled 380 rushing yards and only 7 passing yards to beat San Jose State for the second consecutive season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Streveler made his first-career start, filling in for a hobbled Mitch Leidner, and ran for 161 yards.
Senior running back David Cobb had his second game of at least 200 rushing yards. He ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota’s defense was solid throughout, forcing five turnovers and holding in key moments.