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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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Minnesota’s wide receivers don’t get as many looks in a run-heavy offense.
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Thu, 10/23/2014
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Wide receiver KJ Maye was willing to do everything he could to find the end zone in the Gophers’ 39-38 victory over Purdue on Saturday — even if it meant jumping over defenders in the process.

Part of the reason Maye so desperately wanted to reach the end zone is that he never knows when his next opportunity to do so might be.

“It’s tough — you know sometimes we go games without even a catch,” Maye said.

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The conference is home to the top four rushers in the country this season.
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Thu, 10/23/2014
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When Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for allegedly violating NCAA rules, it opened up the race for the Heisman Trophy.

Gurley, who has rushed for 773 yards over five games this season, was a front-runner for the award.

But Gurley’s suspension has also given relevance to the Big Ten, a conference that has had a hard time gaining respect this season with once prominent programs like Michigan and Penn State struggling.

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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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Offensive lineman Foster Bush should play Saturday after missing two games.
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Wed, 10/22/2014
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When Gophers coaches addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon following Minnesota’s 39-38 victory against Purdue on Saturday, they uttered the same phrase multiple times: “teaching moment.”

The Gophers were favored to beat the Boilermakers by double digits heading into the game, but they trailed by 11 at halftime, and big plays punctuated the entire game.

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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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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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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 that 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 with the score tied 7-7.

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