The Gophers went into the locker room on Saturday night with a 10-0 lead on Fresno State. The defense held the Bulldogs to 104 total yards in the first half, and the offense was able to get points on the board even though starting running back Rodney Smith left the game and didn't return.
The Minnesota Daily called up Chris Vinel, a staff writer in his second year covering Miami of Ohio football at the Miami Student, to preview the upcoming game Saturday against Miami at TCF Bank Stadium.
Rodney Smith, the first-string running back and veteran leader of the Minnesota offense is out for the season due to a knee injury, The Athletic first reported.
The second game of the season was over when Winfield intercepted the ball in the end zone on Fresno State's last play of the game: a floating pass that looked destined to tie the game.
The Gophers have gone back to a single quarterback leading their offense this year, and that starter is true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad.
The Gophers come off of a promising home opener beating New Mexico State 48-10. The new starting quarterback Zack Annexstad proved to be capable at running the offense with 220 passing yards going 16-33 in completions with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Zack Annexstad became the second ever true freshman walk-on quarterback to start the season opener for a FBS team on Thursday night.
Outfielder Toby Hanson started all 57 games last season as a junior. He was one of the most influential batters for the Gophers, topping Minnesota's charts with 57 RBIs and 75 hits. The total was good for a .319 batting average. But this year, a wrist injury and surgery have gotten in the way.
No. 20 Minnesota (29-12, 11-3 Big Ten) took the victory 5-0 against Concordia St. Paul (20-13) in a game that saw seven different Gophers pitchers.
No. 21 Minnesota (28-12, 11-3 Big Ten) won two of the three games in the series against Ohio State (28-13, 9-6 Big Ten) in Columbus, Ohio last weekend. Minnesota lost the third and final game 6-5, after winning the second game 2-1 and the first 11-1.