Minnesota rebounded from last week's loss to surge back in its fifth win of the season Saturday. The Gophers ran away with a victory against the Cornhuskers Saturday 54-21 in Minnesota’s second Big Ten win this year at TCF Bank Stadium. “We needed to start fast," said head coach P.J. Fleck. "It's a big game for both [Minnesota and Nebraska]. Whoever strikes first you can take the spirit out of somebody else, and we did that.”
Minnesota’s rivalry with Nebraska was renewed when the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten In 2011, but the results haven’t gone the Gophers’ way since then. The Cornhuskers beat Minnesota 24-17 in Nebraska last season. Minnesota (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten) has lost two consecutive Big Ten games, while Nebraska (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) is 1-3 in its last four games.
Minnesota’s junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn has won seven of 10 games for the Gophers this season, and he has a chance to make it eight or nine against Michigan this weekend.
For wide receiver Phillip Howard, patience is key this year. Howard is in his first season playing for the Gophers, and by adjusting to the passing game, looks to continue to make headway against Minnesota’s next opponent, Nebraska. He has 103 yards receiving, which ranks third on the team.
Due to inconsistencies in the passing game, the Wolverines have rotated in different quarterbacks throughout the season. So to beat Minnesota on Saturday, Michigan went to the ground.
For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. We talked to Orion Sang, who covers football for the Michigan Daily.
Spirituality is a big part of head coach P.J. Fleck’s culture, and longsnapper Payton Jordahl embodies that. Being the team's longsnapper, Jordahl won’t have the flashiest plays when the Gophers visit Michigan this weekend, but the redshirt junior values both faith and football. Jordahl has been successful on all 341 snaps on the field, and the junior has found ways to give back to his community off the field.
After coming in as a highly touted recruit, Casey Mittelstadt has proven himself at the Division I level
One of the Gophers' top scoring threats this season has been a 18-year-old freshman. Forward Casey Mittelstadt is second on the team in scoring with seven points this season. The Gophers are 5-3-0 now in the early season, and the team faces off against Michigan State this weekend, their first nonranked opponent.
The Gophers kept it close late in Saturday's game, which came down to Minnesota’s final possession. With his team down 17-10, quarterback Demry Croft was wrapped up on fourth down with 56 seconds left, and the Gophers fell 17-10 to Iowa, leaving the Floyd of Rosedale trophy in Iowa for the third straight year.
Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) is facing Iowa (4-3,1-3 Big Ten) Saturday for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. The game will feature another shot for quarterback Demry Croft, who is listed as a co-starter on the depth chart. The Gophers haven’t won in Iowa City since 1999, when Glen Mason was the head coach of the team.