2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers

    2009 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHER PRESEASON GUIDE

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    (TCF Bank Stadium AKA "The Bank")

    A Quick Glance
    Conference: Big Ten
    Head Coach: Tim Brewster
    2008 Record: 7-6 (Tied for 6th Place in Big Ten)

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    WR #7 Eric Decker (Senior)
    2008 First Team All-Conference
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    As a junior, established himself as one of the best receivers in college football, hauling in 84 receptions for 1,074 yards and 7 touchdowns. This year, Decker figures to once again be the life force of the Gopher offense. A dark horse for the Heisman trophy, Decker knows he will have to have a Heisman-like season for the Gophers to contend for the Rose Bowl.

    QB #8 Adam Weber (Junior)
    2008 Honorable Mention All-Conference
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    Although Eric Decker is the most talented player on the Gopher offense, no one is more important to this team's fortunes as Adam Weber. Simply put, when Weber is on, the Gophers are a contender. If he is less than stellar to start the season, look for Coach Brewster to turn to the talented freshman MarQueis Gray.

    HB #22 Duane Bennett (Sophomore)
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    In 2008, started the Gophers' first two games before tearing ACL. This year, Minnesota needs Bennett to shake off the rust and put together a quality season. If Bennett struggles, look for freshman Kevin Whaley to assume the role as the Gophers' feature back.

    MLB #30 Lee Campbell (Senior)
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    The senior has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, but now is the time for Campbell to put it all together. If he is unsuccessful, look for conference opponents to gouge the Gopher run defense up the middle.

    CB #15 Traye Simmons (Senior)
    2008 Second Team All-Conference
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    Dubbed "Big Play Traye" by his teammates, Simmons certainly lived up to his reputation last year, gathering All-Conference honors by intercepting 4 passes. Can he do it again this year? Minnesota certainly hopes so.

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    Recruiting Guide

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    Nice job with the post. Looks like I can count on good summaries from you.
     
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    Week 1

    Minnesota (0-0)
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    RESULT: Gophers Kick Off 2009 Season With A Dramatic Last Second Win, Beat Syracuse 31-27

    What was supposed to be a easy win for the Gophers turned scary real quick. Down 12-10 at half, Minnesota made the proper adjustments and fought back to take the lead, only to have Syracuse come back down the field and do the same. Fortunately for Minnesota, they had the ball last and made it count to narrowly avoid getting upset by the doormat of the Big East.

    Adam Weber was largely ineffective in this contest. Syracuse played excellent pass defense and kept Weber from finding any rhythm to speak of. Weber finished 9/20 for 126 yards with a 0/1 ratio. Of course, the receiving corps did nothing to alleviate Weber's struggles. By receiving corps, I mean anyone not named Eric Decker. Decker had a big game, catching 11 passes for 151 yards. The remaining receivers had 6 catches for 79 yards and a mind-boggling 7 drops. Realizing the offense was struggling, Coach Brewster turned to freshman phenom MarQueis Gray. Gray provided a spark to the Gopher offense in the hostile Carrier Dome environment. He completed 8/14 passes for 104 yards with a 0/0 ratio. More important, when plays would brake down due to coverage, Gray was able to escape the pocket and make things happen with his feet. He ran 10 times for a team-leading 108 yards, including the go ahead touchdown on a 7 yard scramble with 8 seconds left in the game. Minnesota's main rushing threat, sophomore Duane Bennett, also had a good game. He ran for 76 yards on 17 carries with 3 scores.

    On defense, Minnesota found it difficult to keep the Syracuse offense in check. Senior QB Greg Paulus, in his first football game since high school, played like a seasoned professional. He completed 17/25 passes for 309 yards with a 3/0 ratio. RB Delone Carter also had a big game, running 26 times for 183 yards and a score. Minnesota was able to sack the QB three times, but other than that, there were no positives to draw from their underwhelming performance.

    The goat of the game has to be Syracuse's freshman kicker Ryan Lichtenstein. He was 0/2 on field goals (both under 40 yards) and connected on only 1 of 3 extra points. If he was anywhere near competent today, Syracuse takes home the win.

    Next week, the Gophers travel again, this time to Idaho to play in the Kibbie Dome.
     
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    Week 2

    Minnesota (1-0)

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    Result: Gophers Put Idaho To Bed Early, Leave Kibbie Dome With 38-6 Win

    In the second week of the college football season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers traveled west to take on the Idaho Vandals of the WAC. The defense, which struggled mightily against Syracuse only a week ago, found their groove early this week. CB Traye Simmons returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown to put the Gophers up 14-0 in the first quarter. The interception was a direct result of the Gopher pass rush, which did an outstanding job at getting to QB Nate Enderle early and often. The Gophers defense had 7 sacks total in this game, with RS freshman Spencer Reeves getting to Enderle 3 times. The score was kept in check by the frustrating play of junior QB Adam Weber. Many things were expected of Weber this year, but the early season returns are less than encouraging. Weber completed 11/24 passes for 164 yards with a 1/3 ratio against an inferior Idaho team. Upon throwing his third pick, Brewster apparently had seen enough and turned to freshman MarQueis Gray. Gray responded well, completing 3/3 passes for 68 yards with a 2/0 ratio. This performance, along with his bailout last week, have officially promoted Gray to the starting QB spot. The receiving corps did a much better job this week. After dropping 7 passes against Syracuse, only 1 pass was dropped this week. Troy Stoudermire caught 6 passes for 84 yards, while All-American candidate Eric Decker caught 4 passes for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the ground, Duane Bennett had a big day, running for 158 yards on 22 carries with a score.

    Next week, the Gophers open TCF Stadium against a solid Oregon State team.
     
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    Week 3

    Oregon State - 34
    Minnesota - 18

    Gophers lose first game in TCF Bank Stadium to OSU. For recap, see Oregon State's game summaries.
     
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    Week 4

    Northwestern - 46
    Minnesota - 22

    Northwestern jumped up early on the Gophers and never let go. Minnesota found itself trailing 17-0 after the first quarter due to interceptions on consecutive possessions. It didnt matter who was at QB as neither was effective. QBs Webber and Gray threw 6 interceptions total in this game (3 apiece). The lone bright spot for the Gophers was WR/KR Troy Stoudermire, who returned 2 kickoff returns for scores.

    Next week, the Gophers look to snap their 2 game losing streak as they host their arch rival Wisconsin.
     
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    Week 6

    Minnesota - 35
    Purdue - 17

    These last three weeks have been really tough on the poor Gophers. Oregon State, Northwestern, and Wisconsin have all exposed major holes in the Gophers' pass defense. Worse yet, the Minnesota offense has been non-existent apart from a game against Idaho. For today, at least, Minnesota was able to put the ugly start to its season behind the team and play a quality game.

    Freshman Marqueis Gray displayed the skills that made him a highly touted recruit out of high school, using his athleticism and instincts to avoid the Purdue pass rush and find the open receiver. He completed 29 of 39 passes for 383 yards with a 2/1 ratio. His main target, All-Big 10 receiver Eric Decker, had a huge game. Although he didnt factor into the vertical game, he consistently moved the chains for the offense. He caught 11 passes for 167 yards and a score. Even when the Gophers are clicking on offense, the running game continues to be a problem. Duane Bennett rushed for 38 yards on 17 carries. Is it the offensive line? Is it the running back? This writer has no idea, and doubts it will get much better this season.

    The defense continued to give up huge chunks of yards through the air, but managed to come up with big plays when it mattered. The defense picked off Joey Elliot 3 times (2 inside the redzone). Through 5 weeks, the Gophers had only 1 interception, so the turnovers were certainly welcome.

    The next 2 weeks will be tough for the Gophers. They travel to Happy Valley, then go to Columbus. Pray for us.
     
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    Week 7

    Battle For The Governor's Victory Bell

    #4 Penn State - 27
    Minnesota - 38

    Well, MN got its first signature win during the Brewster era, defeating the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions in Happy Valley. It didnt start off well, as QB Marqueis Gray threw an interception on the opening drive which was turned in to a Penn State TD a few plays later. Thankfully for the Gophers, Gray settled down and played much better after the opening quarter. Gray's success is tied mainly to the outstanding play of Eric Decker, who continues to show why he is indeed the best WR in the country. Decker had a game-high 10 receptions for 205 yards and 2 scores. Although the running game has been a sore spot for the team, a threat may have emerged in Happy Valley. Starting RB Duane Bennett broke his leg in the 1st quarter and will miss the next 11 weeks. His sub, freshman Kevin Whaley, played a phenomenal game. He ran the ball 24 times for 110 yards and gave the Gophers the balance they have sorely been needing.

    Although the defense allowed Daryl Clark to accumulate big numbers, he did throw 2 costly interceptions which were turned into Minnesota scores. The Lions sorely missed Evan Royster as his replacement, Staphon Green, cold only muster 80 yards rushing against a porous Minnesota defense.

    Next week, the Gophers travel to Columbus to face the Buckeyes. If the Gophers can pull off the improbable, they can get right back into the thick of the conference championship hunt.
     
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    Great win, i just knocked off the number 4 team last week. Take em downnn
     
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    Setting UCLA up for a showdown against Mizzou!
     
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    Week 8

    #5 Ohio State - 14
    Minnesota - 35

    Words can't even express how shocking these past two weeks have been for the Gophers faithful. After losing 3 straight, it looked like this team may struggle to get to 6 wins for a bowl berth. After beating top 5 teams on the road in consecutive weeks, the future of the Gophers is looking much more promising. There have been 2 keys to this resurgence. The first key has been the play of true freshman MarQueis Gray. At the beginning of the year, he looked lost in the pocket and made some truly awful throws. As he has become more familiar with the system, he has blossomed into a threat and is no longer a weakness in the Gopher offense. Against OSU, he completed 15 of 18 passes for 220 yards with a 2/0 ratio. The second key for the Gophers has been the play of the defense. After getting torched in consecutive weeks, they have found some confidence and have played much better. Holding OSU to 14 at the Horseshoe is testament to this progress. They may never be a top 25 defense, but it appears the horrors of the Northwestern and Wisconsin games are past this unit.

    Gopher Nation is as excited as ever. With games at home against Michigan State and Illinois, Minnesota could be 7-3 going into Notre Dame for a showdown against the Irish.
     
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    Week 9

    #21 Minnesota - 37
    Michigan State - 34

    On Halloween, the Gophers survived a major scare against the Spartans and pulled out the win in the final seconds. Minnesota played a great game through three quarters, but then let up and gave the Spartans a chance to get back into the game. Up by 24 at the start of the 4th, Minnesota saw MSU score three straight TDs and three straight 2 point conversions to tie the game at 34 with 1 minute left. Minnesota received the ball and moved down the field before getting stopped by MSU on the Minnesota 40. On 4th and 1, Minnesota, desperate to not go to overtime against the surging Spartans, Tim Brewster decided to go for it and converted with a MarQeuis Gray scramble. After this, Minnesota moved another 30 yards and Eric Ellestad kicked the game-winning field goal to keep Minnesota's faint Rose Bowl hopes alive.

    MarQueis Gray continues to be one of the more impressive freshman in the country, as he passed for 307 yards on 21/34 passing with a 3/0 ratio. His main target, Eric Decker, had 9 receptions for 112 yards with a score. The redshirt freshman Kevin Whaley also had a great game. He ran for 80 yards on 22 carries, but also added 60 yards receiving to keep the Minnesota offense moving down the field.

    Next week, the Gophers host Illinois at home in their final home game of the year.
     
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    Week 10

    #19 Minnesota - 59
    Illinois - 19

    In week 10, we saw a match-up with 2 teams heading in opposite directions. After stumbling early in the season, the Gophers have been as hot as any team in the country. Big things were expected out of a talented Ilini squad but at 4-4, its safe to say that the season has been a disappointment for Illinois.

    The game got out of hand early for the Illini. With Minnesota moving the ball at-will in the 1st quarter, QB Juice Williams mistakenly took it upon himself to match Minnesota on the scoreboard. Williams, who has had an up and down season, threw 2 picks in the first half and pitched the ball to a Minnesota defender for another turnover. These 3 turnovers, combined with the inability to stop the Gopher offense, put Minnesota up 38-6 at half. From there, Minnesota cruised and won the game 59-19.

    On offense, Minnesota freshman QB MarQueis Gray had his best game yet. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 274 yards and 4 scores. A dual-threat, Gray also ran for 102 yards and 2 scores on only 8 carries. Gray's main target, senior WR Eric Decker, continued to make his case for the Biletnikoff award, catching 7 passes for 153 yards and 2 scores. Aside from Gray, Minnesota also received help on the ground from RS freshman Kevin Whaley, who ran for 120 yards on 26 carries.

    The Gopher defense gave up a lot of yards to Juice Williams, but his turnovers killed any possibility of an upset win. Williams was 21/30 for 292 yards, but threw 2 interceptions and also fumbled the ball on a pitch. 2 of these turnovers were returned by the defense for Gopher scores (Michael Carter / Kim Royston). Arrelious Benn, one of the best receivers in the Big 10, only had 4 catches for 61 yards. HB Jason Ford gained 72 yards on 17 carries.

    Next up, the Gophers head to Indiana to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
     
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    Week 11

    #19 Minnesota - 38
    Notre Dame - 52

    After looking so dominant in their final home game of the year, the Gophers fell back to Earth on the road at Notre Dame in week 11. The defense was atrocious. The Gophers allowed third string QB Evan Sharpley to dominate, as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 294 yards and 6 TDs. On the ground, Armando Allen led the Irish with 132 yards and a score on 23 carries. To make matters worse, Michael Floyd, from Minnesota, had 4 catches for 56 yards and a score.

    QB MarQueis Gray did not have a good game. He threw a lot of errant passes and made some bad reads. As a result, he finished 11/22 for 165 yards with a score and 4 interceptions. Down by 21 in the fourth, the Gophers switched to Adam Weber, who responded with his best game of the season. He completed 9 of 10 passes for 138 yards with a 1/0 ratio. HB Kevin Whaley had a quiet game, as the Gophers were in passing mode for the duration of the second half. He had 53 yards on 11 carries. WR Eric Decker Heisman hopes are all but gone, but he still had a big game, catching 9 passes for 160 yards and a score. WR/KR Troy Stoudermire had a 94 yards kickoff return for a TD, his 3rd of the year.

    Next week, the Gophers end their regular season at rival Iowa in Kinnick Stadium. To win at Iowa, the Gophers will need to cut down on their turnovers (5 in this game) and play much better on the defensive side of the ball (52 points surrendered to Notre Dame).
     
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    Week 12

    MN - 20
    Iowa - 7

    Minnesota collects the Floyd of Rosedale Pig thanks to a stout defensive performance by one of the worst defenses in the country statistically. Minnesota committed heavily to stopping the run and it worked. HB Adam Robinson carried the ball 25 times for 54 yards, a 2.1 average. Because of this, Iowa had their opportunities through the air, but couldn't take advantage of their opportunities. QB Ricki Stanzi certainly started off good, as he completed 10 of 13 passes for 100 yards. However, he went down with an injury in the 2nd quarter. His backup, James Vandenberg, was unable to match Stanzi's production.

    On offense, the Gophers threw 5 interceptions between QBs Adam Weber and MarQueis Gray. Neither QB looked good at Kinnick Stadium. MarQueis Gray started the game, and completed 6 of 11 passes for 102 yards with 0 scores and 2 interceptions. Seeing he was ineffective, Coach Brewster switched to junior QB Adam Weber. He didn't do too much better, as he completed 10 of 20 passes for 176 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. On the ground, Kevin Whaley only ran for 62 yards on 16 carries. Well, how did they win? The key play of WR Eric Decker. Throughout the game, whenever the Gophers needed a big play, Decker would rise to the occasion. Decker grabbed 9 balls for 146 yards and a score. WR Ben Kuznia, who had under 300 yards receiving entering the game, caught 4 passes for 89 yards and a score.

    The Gopher seniors (Decker, Campbell, Simmons, etc) end their college careers on a high note, downing the rival Hawkeyes to end the regular season.
     
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    2010 Minnesota Golden Gophers Season Preview

    Overview:

    Players To Watch:

    Offense (3)

    QB MarQueis Gray #5
    Sophomore 6'4'' 222
    88 OVR/ 87 SP/ 91 THP/ 81 THA
    2009 - 61 % - 2230 Yards - 19 Touchdowns - 20 Interceptions

    HB Duane Bennett #22
    Junior (RS) 5'9'' 198
    86 OVR / 91 SP/ 92 ACC/ 86 BTK
    2009 - 102 Attempts - 459 Yards - 65 TDs

    WR Troy Stoudermire #11
    Junior 5'10'' 185
    86 OVR/ 95 SP/ 94 AG / 78 CTH
    2009 - 30 Receptions - 356 Yards- 1 TD

    Defense (3)

    CB Michael Carter #28
    Sophomore 5'10'' 166
    80 OVR/ 90 SP/ 83 MCV/ 81 ZCV
    2009 - 53 Tackles - 2 Interceptions - 1 Defensive TD

    FS Kyle Theret #27
    Senior 5'11'' 186
    83 OVR/ 88 SP/ 83 MCV/ 89 ZCV
    2009 - 74 Tackles

    SS Kim Royston #3
    Senior (RS) 5'11'' 185
    79 OVR/ 93 SP/ 77 MCV/ 86 ZCV
    2009 - 72 Tackles - 1 Sack - 1 Defensive TD
     
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    Week 1

    Minnesota - 21
    Texas Tech - 14

    Minnesota kicked off the 2010 season with a win on the road against a solid Texas Tech team. The defending Big Ten champions got the win by running the ball effectively and making big plays on defense. Duane Bennett ran for 134 yards and 2 scores on 20 carries. MarQueis Gray looked real rusty at the helm and missed on completing the pass to the open receiver throughout the first half. He was injured in the third quarter and Adam Weber filled in admirably, completing 3 of 5 passes for 47 yards. The #1 Juco player from 2009 , Hayo Carpenter, finally saw his first action as a Gopher. The WR did not disappoint, gaining 60 yards. The Gophers head in to the bye week feeling pretty good but they must bring their A game in week 3, as they play host to Boise State.

    Stats - Minnesota

    MarQueis Gray - 4/10 - 73 Yards - 0/0
    Adam Webber - 3/5 - 47 Yards - 0/0
    Duane Bennett - 20 Attempts - 134 Yards - 2 TDs
    Hayo Carpenter - 3 Receptions - 60 Yards
    Ryan Collado - 1 Interception
    Kyle Theret - 1 Interception

    Stats - Texas Tech

    Steven Sheffield - 16/25 - 185 Yards - 1/2
    Baron Batch - 14 Attempts - 101 Yards
    Alex Torres - 3 Receptions - 49 Yards - 1 TD
    Ryan Halliburton - 2 Sacks
     
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    Week 3

    Minnesota - 42
    #15 Boise State - 38

    This game turned out to be a doozie, as the Gophers scored in the final minutes to upset the Broncos. Minnesota took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a TD and wondered what all the fuss was about. Well, they found out quickly, as Kellen Moore proceeded to pick apart the Gopher defense. Moore, the All-American QB, passed for 300 yards in the first half alone. The first half was a high scoring affair, with Boise taking a 35-28 lead into the locker room. In the second half, both teams made adjustments, but it appears that Minnesota did a better job, as they held BSU to just 3 points in the final 2 quarters. This is a big win for Minnesota, who heads into conference play 2-0 and full of confidence.

    Stats - Minnesota

    QB MarQueis Gray - 16/28 - 265 Yards - 3/1
    HB Duane Bennett - 23 Attempts - 91 Yards
    TE Eric Lair - 5 Receptions - 95 Yards - 2 TDs
    WR Ryan Williams - 4 Receptions - 99 Yards - 1 TD
    CB Michael Carter - 9 Tackles
     
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    Week 5

    Minnesota - 33
    Purdue - 13

    Minnesota beats Purdue in the conference opener at TCF Stadium to stay undefeated. Things started off good for the Gophers, as Hayo Carpenter returned the opening kickoff for a 96 yard TD. This is the second time in a row this has happened - Bryant Allen returned the opening kickoff for a TD against Boise State. MarQueis Gray continues to grow but, as evidenced by the 2 interceptions, he still has a long ways to go. Currently, there is a little buzz for the Gophers around the Twin Cities. Expect it to grow exponentially if the Gophers remain undefeated heading into their game against the Badgers.

    QB MarQueis Gray - 16/23 - 217 Yards - 1/2
    HB Duane Bennett - 20 Attempts - 65 Yards
    WR Troy Stoudermire - 5 Receptions - 96 Yards - 1 TD
    Minnesota Defense - 10 Sacks
     
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    Week 6

    Minnesota - 22
    Illinois - 28

    Minnesota's undefeated season came to a abrupt end in week 6. Minnesota had its chances in the redzone but was unable to capitalize and had to kick field goals. This proved to be the difference in the game.

    Stats - Minnesota

    MarQueis Gray - 16/31 - 232 Yards - 0/0
    Duane Bennett - 19 Attempts - 80 Yards
    Troy Stoudermire - 5 Receptions - 44 Yards
    Hayo Carpenter - 4 Receptions - 58 Yards

    Stats - Illinois

    Eddie McGee - 20/25 - 267 Yards - 4/0
    Jason Ford - 16 Attempts - 76 Yards
    Arrelious Benn - 3 Receptions - 68 Yards - 1 TD
     
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    Week 7

    Minnesota - 42
    #18 Northwestern - 21

    REVENGE! After losing by 30+ to Northwestern last year, the Gophers return the favor and blowout the 18th ranked Wildcats on the road. The keys to the game were a solid Gopher rushing attack and a good performance by the Minnesota secondary. After losing at Illinois last week, its nice to know the Gophers can still perform at a high level on the road.

    Stats - Minnesota

    QB MarQueis Gray - 13/21 - 178 Yards - 4/2
    HB Duane Bennett - 32 Attempts - 154 Yards - 1 TD
    TE Eric Lair - 5 Receptions - 55 Yards - 2 TDs
    WR Ryan Williams - 3 Receptions - 54 Yards
    DT Jehri Edwards - 1 Sack
     
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    Week 8

    Minnesota - 38
    Michigan State - 10

    Minnesota wins its second consecutive game, this time defeating a struggling Michigan State team to stay in the hunt for a repeat of the Big Ten title. QB MarQueis Gray had a solid game, minimizing mistakes and guiding the Gopher offense down the field. HB Duane Bennett started off hot, but reinjured an ailing shoulder and was out for the rest of the game. The defense once again played great ball. Although they dont make many big plays, they operate a sound scheme and limit the oppositions chances at big plays. At 5-1, Minnesota has to be feeling pretty good about itself but it knows that the true tests (OSU, Wisconsin, and Iowa) await later on in the season.

    Stats - Minnesota

    QB MarQueis Gray - 13/23 - 246 Yards - 1/1
    HB Duane Bennett - 20 Attempts - 64 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Xzavian Brandon - 4 Receptions - 85 Yards
    WR Troy Stoudermire - 4 Receptions - 67 Yards
    OLB Keanon Cooper - 46 Yard Interception Return for TD
     
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    Week 9

    Minnesota - 35
    Virginia - 7

    Well, Minnesota has officially moved into the killer portion of its schedule. With games against Virginia, Ohio State, @ Michigan, @ Iowa, Wisconsin, and Southern Florida over the course of the next six weeks, Minnesota knows it will have to play top notch football in order to survive. Against the first of these opponents, the Virginia Cavaliers, the Gophers did just that - defeating the Cavaliers 35-7. Minnesota was efficient on the offensive side of the ball for the majority of the game. Save one interception, MarQueis Gray turned in a solid performance. The rushing attack was also effective, as Duane Bennett gained over 100 yards on the ground. The biggest star of the game was the entire defense of Minnesota, who held a talented Virginia offense to just 7 points at home. The Cavaliers seemed to be effected by the cold weather and the hostile crowd, as receivers routinely dropped passes in crucial situations. No fault can be laid at the doorstep of the opposing coach - he didn't drop the passes. Tough loss for the Cavs, but a great win for Minnesota. Next week, the Gophers face the Ohio State Buckeyes, who will surely want revenge for last year's upset defeat at the hands of the Gophers.

    Stats - Minnesota

    QB MarQueis Gray - 12/14 - 193 Yards - 1/1
    HB Duane Bennett - 23 Attempts - 104 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Troy Stoudermire - 3 Receptions - 39 Yards
    MLB Sam Maresh - 1 Interception
    OLB Spencer Reeves - 6 Tackles - 2 Sacks
     
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    Week 10

    Minnesota - 17
    #16 Ohio State - 42

    Things got ugly for the Gophers real early, as OSU jumped all over Minnesota early and never let up. OSU was aided by the poor execution of the Minnesota passing game - receivers kept dropping passes and MarQueis Gray kept throwing interceptions. Add to this an effective OSU pass game, and all the ingredients for a Minnesota disaster were present. Look for Coach Brewster to rally the team and for Minnesota to play much better next week at Michigan for the Little Brown Jug.

    Stats - Minnesota

    QB MarQueis Gray - 19/36 - 288 Yards - 1/4
    HB Duane Bennett - 9 Attempts - 28 Yards - 1 TD (out for 4 weeks)
    WR Troy Stoudermire - 7 Receptions - 106 Yards - TD
    FS Kim Royston - 9 Tackles
     

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