Standing on the field amidst a mob of teammates after University of Minnesota’s 30-14 victory at University of Michigan last month, Maxx Williams had won more than just the Little Brown Jug rivalry trophy — he completed a family legacy.
And just moments after his performance, which later garnered a John Mackey Tight End of the Week award, Williams couldn’t wait to find his dad.
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.
Recap: The Gophers started their first road game of the season slow and never caught up as they lost to TCU 30-7. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner started for the Gophers after battling an injury throughout the week. Leidner couldn’t get it going, though, as he went 12-for-26 with 151 yards and three costly interceptions. Leidner also fumbled.
Minnesota’s rushing attack that produced 284 yards last week was only able to muster 99 yards against a stout TCU defense.
Mitch Leidner, David Cobb and other players have nagging injuries.
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.
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.
Sophomore Jalen Myrick scored the deciding touchdown in Saturday’s game.