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Comparing two second-year coaches

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm share similarities in their career paths. Both coaches had stints playing in the NFL, Fleck as a wide receiver and Brohm as a quarterback. Both started their coaching careers working with notable head coaches, Fleck at Ohio State with Jim Tressel and at Rutgers with Greg Schiano, and Brohm at Louisville with Bobby Petrino. 

Gophers still learning how to close games

With a 21-9 lead at halftime, they were in the lead after two quarters for the first time since their last non-conference game against Miami (OH). It was also just the second time they had a lead in a conference game this season, the first coming in the second quarter against Ohio State.

Gophers confident in Tanner Morgan if Annexstad is unable to play

There is plenty for Minnesota fans to worry about after last week's 53-28 loss against Nebraska: The defense gave up high-yardage plays, the running game never got in a rhythm and starting quarterback Zack Annexstad was injured. However, a bright spot emerged from the struggle in Tanner Morgan. 

Daily Breakdown: Gophers underdogs at home Friday

Minnesota (3-4, 0-4) hosts Indiana (4-4, 1-4) Friday night as the Gophers chase their first Big Ten win of the year. Indiana has four losses, but they have come at the hands of Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State — all of which have been in ranked in the top-25 this season.