Missed tackles and blocking. Minnesota was shutout 14-0 in the second half in a 24-17 loss at Nebraska, and those two parts of the Gophers’ game was all head coach Tracy Claeys could attribute the loss to. “We felt like we were doing some of the things that we needed to do but we come out in the second half and we don’t block and tackle very well,” Claeys said. The missed tackles helped spark a Huskers’ comeback Saturday. The Gophers were up 17-10 early in the third quarter, when quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.
The Gophers’ (7-2, 4-2) Big Ten West chances hang in balance with a road game at No. 21 Nebraska (7-2, 4-2). A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below.
Minnesota is right where it wants to be: playing meaningful games in November. The Gophers are tied for first in the Big Ten West with three games left in the season. Their next game will be their first against a currently-ranked team, as the Gophers travel to No. 21 Nebraska. “This could definitely have big implications,” said defensive lineman Hank Ekpe.
The end of the first half did not go the way Minnesota wanted it to. The Gophers had the ball at their own 23-yard-line with 15 seconds left in the first half and held a 23-21 lead. Instead of running out the clock, quarterback Mitch Leidner threw an interception to cornerback Antonio Blackmon, who ran it to the 2-yard-line.
Minnesota (6-2, 3-2) goes for its fourth-straight against Purdue (3-5, 1-4) Saturday. A full breakdown and prediction can be found below.
Reporters occasionally ask defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel if safety Damarius Travis had a good game on Saturday. Sawvel has the same answer each time. “[I] don't have to worry about him ... I got asked last week something about him, well he plays good every week, really,” Sawvel said.
The first thing Gophers linebacker Jonathan Celestin said he did when he got back home from Minnesota’s game at Illinois was watch more football. Celestin watched the game between No. 9 Nebraska and No. 8 Wisconsin Saturday night, and saw two of Minnesota’s future opponents this season battle it out in a game that had big implications for the Big Ten West.
New University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Thursday for the second edition of a monthly Q&A. Coyle discussed the soccer team’s Big Ten regular season title, the state of the football team and the upcoming wrestling season, among other topics. The soccer team won a share of the Big Ten title Wednesday, marking your first title as AD.
Rodney Smith was a player who must’ve had more than his fair share of juice boxes. Smith scored two rushing touchdowns and ran for 100 yards for the Gophers en route to a 40-17 defeat of Illinois Saturday to make them bowl eligible for a fifth-straight year. Before the game, some players bought Hi-C juice boxes for all their teammates. “We always talk about bringing juice, energy and we literally have a guy bring juice boxes,” Smith said.
The Gophers (5-2, 2-2) travel to Champaign, Ill. in search of their third straight Big Ten win at Illinois (2-5, 1-3). A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below.