Mere minutes after the Gophers’ 14-3 loss to Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., head coach Jerry Kill walked into a trailer that had been converted into a makeshift media room.
That trailer was stuffed with reporters who had just witnessed what Kill called a “very physical football game.” Minnesota played a hard-nosed brand of football that kept the team in the contest until the final minutes.
That brand also resulted in a couple of key injuries.
Recap: Michigan State’s defense was highly touted entering Saturday’s matchup, but its offense looked impressive early on. The Spartans (11-1, 8-0 Big Ten) drove 80 yards on just seven plays on their first drive, which culminated in a touchdown. Still, Michigan State’s defense ended up making the plays necessary to beat the Gophers (8-4, 4-4 Big Ten). Minnesota running back David Cobb rushed for 100-plus yards for the sixth time this season, but the Gophers passed for only 125 yards and threw two interceptions in the 14-3 loss.