In his final season, senior linebacker Thomas Barber is trying to cement his family legacy by helping elevate the Gophers to heights his father and siblings never experienced while they were on the team.
The Gophers' undefeated season is over after losing to Iowa 23-19.
The Gophers dropped their third consecutive game.
"We've done a lot of things we haven't done in a while," said senior Carter Coughlin. "We're going to keep that same mentality, and trust me when I say this week, we are going to practice harder than we've ever practiced. We've got our eyes fixed on the goal, which is going 1-0 in the Iowa season."
Minnesota's offense struggled against Butler, shooting 33 percent from the field.
Missed opportunities cost Minnesota as they surrendered a second-half lead.
"Just seeing the stadium and how much it meant to the fans was really cool," said quarterback Tanner Morgan. "When they rushed the field, that's a moment I'll never forget."
In 2013, University of Minnesota alumnus Ben Elliott donated bone marrow to Doug Parisano, a Pennsylvania resident. On Saturday, the two will reunite at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday as the Gophers take on Penn State.
The Gophers' new dynamic back court powered them to a 85-50 victory over Cleveland State in their season opener.
The University of Minnesota announced a contract extension with football head coach P.J. Fleck Tuesday, pending approval from the Board of Regents.