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Mon, 09/29/2014
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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.

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Their remaining opponents all hold exposable flaws.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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After producing some of the NCAA’s most dominant football teams season after season, the Big Ten isn’t the intimidating power it once was.

Gophers fans witnessed this firsthand Saturday as they watched Minnesota manhandle a Michigan team that normally puts a wallop on the Gophers.

It’s difficult to determine whether the Gophers improved their play on Saturday or whether their point total was simply a reflection of just how decrepit the Wolverines are this season.

Michigan has defeated Minnesota by an average of 33 points in their last five contests.

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Ra’Shede Hageman and MarQueis Gray played against each other on Sunday.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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MarQueis Gray and Ra’Shede Hageman were both back at TCF Bank Stadium playing football on Sunday.

This time, though, neither of the two donned the esteemed maroon and gold of their alma mater, despite playing in their former home stadium.

In front of 52,173 fans, the two Gophers football alums — now NFL players — went head-to-head for the first time, as Hageman and the Falcons were in town for a matchup with the Vikings.

Hageman and Gray were teammates at Minnesota from 2009-12. Gray, who played quarterback for the Gophers, is now a tight end.

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Senior running back David Cobb is third in the country in rushing yards.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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After working on a Kansas farm during his childhood, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill may know a thing or two about horses.

After being a head football coach for 21 years, Kill knows numerous football philosophies as well.

And this year, he found a way to blend his farm and football ideologies.

“You got a good horse, ride him,” Kill said Saturday regarding Gophers senior running back David Cobb. “That’s what I was taught by my daddy a long time ago.”

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A year after missing Minnesota’s trip to Michigan due to a seizure, Jerry Kill led the Gophers to a victory.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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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.

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After missing Minnesota's trip to Michigan last year with a seizure, Jerry Kill led the Gophers to a victory Saturday.
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Sun, 09/28/2014
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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.

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After missing Minnesota's trip to Michigan last year with a seizure, Jerry Kill led the Gophers to a victory Saturday.
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The Wolverines sit near the bottom of the FBS with 12 turnovers this year.
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Thu, 09/25/2014
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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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The Little Brown Jug is one of the oldest trophies in college football.
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Thu, 09/25/2014
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In 2005, Minnesota traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., and upset the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines, hoisting the Little Brown Jug in front of more than 111,000 fans sporting maize and blue.

That was the last time the oldest trophy in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision has made the trip to stay in Minneapolis.

“We haven’t had the jug in a couple of years. I don’t even know what it looks like,” senior running back David Cobb said.

Minnesota has won the jug only once in the past 23 meetings between the two schools and has a 22-69-3 all-time record.

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Wed, 09/24/2014
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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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In the first interview of a new Daily series, the AD discussed the Vikings and school facilities.
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Tue, 09/23/2014
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The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague for its inaugural edition of “Talkin’ with Teague” on Thursday.

Teague, now in his third year at the University, discussed new NCAA rules, the school’s facilities and the Minnesota Vikings’ presence on campus.

The NCAA established a new rule in April allowing athletes to have unlimited snacks. What impact do you believe this has had on the school’s student-athletes?

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