2017 Minnesota Scores/Schedule

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    2017 Minnesota Gophers Schedule

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    Week | Date | Opponent | Result / Time

    1 | 8/26 | BYE | -

    2 | 9/2 | Montana State | W 52-10

    3 | 9/9 | Ball State | W 56-7

    4 | 9/16 | @ Northwestern | W 27-20 OT

    5| 9/23 | Wisconsin | L 27-34 2OT

    6 | 9/30 | Purdue | L 28-21

    7 | 10/7 | @ Penn State | L 35-14

    8 | 10/14 | @ Ohio State | L 21-3

    9 | 10/21 | Michigan State | W 38-31

    10 | 10/28 | Illinois | W 22-19

    11 | 11/4 | BYE | -

    12 | 11/11 | @ Iowa | L 13-17

    13 | 11/18 | Mid Tenn State | W 17-0

    14 | 11/25 | @ Northern Illinois | W 20-18

    15 | 12/2 | BYE | -

    Bowl Week | Texas Bowl | Texas A&M | W 27-24

    **Bold signifies Big Ten conference games.

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    Week 2 (9/2)

    Minneapolis, MN (AP) - Coach Kasper had mixed feelings on his teams performance in their home opener against FCS foe Montana State. The Gophers won 52-10, and held the visitors to 32 rushing yards on 23 attempts.

    "We were able to force them to be one dimensional with their offense, largely due to our early lead. Their first drive we really looked like we hadn't settled in yet, almost a little shell shocked. We did a nice job of bending but not breaking, although I'm not sure every team we play will be so forgiving of our defense when they reach the redzone. Overall we looked pretty good, we threw the ball well, ran the ball with intensity, and only had 2 or 3 drops I believe. Not bad for the first game."

    Minnesota turned in 265 yards on the ground, as they should against an school that struggled to stop FCS level rushing attacks a year ago; but hey, they took care of business. Minnesota senior QB's turned in 269 yards between the two. Coach Kasper also said that Senior Nick Watson will be the starter throughout the year due to his "precision on deeper throws" and showing an ability to "extend plays."

    Defensively UM registered one sack, thanks to junior DE Lorenzo Brown who also turned in 2 other TFL earning defensive MVP honors.

    Offensively, junior WR Blake Coleman was the MVP with 2 TD catches and a total of 46 yards on 4 receptions. Senior WR Jamaal Smith also hauled in a TD, and racked up 70 yards.

    Overall Gopher Nation was very pleased with the first game, but know the team must improve in areas in order to make the targeted 8 or 9 wins Coach Kasper stated as the teams objective in his first year.

    Next week the Gophers will play host to Ball State.
     
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    Week 3 (9/9) VS Ball State

    Minneapolis, MN (AP) - The Golden Gophers looked like a regular Big Ten powerhouse, completely obliterating their MAC opponent on Saturday. Fans were ecstatic after the game, with numerous fans leaving TCF Bank Stadium saying "we're back."

    Coach Kasper said Saturday that the team has "improved more then we could have ever hoped to in a week." Ball State was held to 114 total yards, 50 on the ground and 64 in the air; very good considering Lee Corso picked Ball State to pull the upset. Turnovers were huge in the game, as Minnesota went +4 in the category by forcing 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles compared to their 0 turnovers.

    Offensively the Gophers turned in another balanced performance, churning up 249 yards on the ground to go with 247 through the air. The tone was set early as Minnesota ended the first quarter up 21-0 thanks to a 37 yard run by Battle, and 2 long tosses by QB Watson; 86 yards to Coleman and 77yards to Smith.

    The defense for UM was the key to the game, dominating a team that was on par ratings wise with their own squad. The defense turned in a 5 sack performance to go along with their 2 interceptions.

    Overall it was a great improvement from last weeks game, and Minnesota fans are excited for the teams trip to Northwestern to open Big Ten play next week.
     
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    Week 4 (9/16) @ Northwestern

    Evansville, IL (AP) - Minnesota found a way to pull this OT thriller out and get the victory, using 2 huge interceptions to capture their first road win of the season, as well as their first Big Ten victory.

    Minnesota held a 10-7 lead until Northwestern QB Michael Hill hit WR John Clancy for a 43 yard strike. Earlier seasons would have seen the Gophers begin to crumble under the pressure, but they bounced back. QB Nick Watson hit WR Blake Coleman on a slant and Coleman turned on the jets for a 76 yard TD.

    Northwestern, however, regained the lead on a Hill TD pass to WR Adam Sherman, however Northwestern kicker Joe Watson missed the XP conversion- which left Minnesota only 3 points down. Watson was able to lead a masterful drive and get into field goal range. UM kicker Eric Alexander nailed the 34 yarder and off we went into OT.

    In the extra frame Northwestern won the coin toss and forced Minnesota out onto offense. Minnesota was able to go back to their traditional running game, capping the drive off with an 11 yard TD to Coleman.

    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was feeling aggressive, and called a pass play aiming for the endzone. Senior CB Spencer Alexander broke in front of the WR and hauled in the game clinching interception.

    "It was a great game, and we really showed some grit. I'm truly happy for our boys" were the words of Minnesota coach Kasper following the game.

    Minnesota will host Wisconsin in a huge game for the Gophers, as many recruits on their board will be visiting.
     
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    Week 5 (9/23) VS Wisconsin

    Minneapolis, MN (AP) - UM just didn't have enough in the tank for a second straight overtime game, not to mention this one going into double. Wisconsin used a TD in the second OT frame by Wiscy WR Alex Crowder in which Crowder broke through 3 Minnesota defenders for the score.

    "Its plays like those that can rip a whole teams confidence out. It comes back to us just needing to redevelop a winning tradition here at Minnesota, and we will know how to bounce back form situations like that in the future. I'm still damn proud of the kids, anytime you take a game to double overtime you have to be happy for them for laying it all out there....we just didn't win and losing always stinks."

    Minnesota also lost two stars in this game for extended periods of time: DT and defensive captain Kelechi Schoulz broke his tailbone and will be out for 9 weeks, while WR Blake Coleman will be out for 10 weeks with a broken collar bone.

    Coach Kasper refused to comment on the injuries.

    Next week Minnesota will host the Purdue Boilermakers.
     
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    Week 6 (9/30) VS Purdue

    Minneapolis, MN (AP) - Minnesota came into this game recovering from their first loss of the season, and they weren't able to bounce back. The Gophers were constantly looking a step behind. The inability to get a ground game going was the key factor for UM being unable to get anything going. Senior RB Scott Bell was only able to generate 12 yards on 9 carries, but Junior Chris Battle was able to put together 80 yards on 6 mainly due to a 77 yard sprint he had in the third quarter. Sophomore WR Pat Britt had a break out game, contributing 136 yards on 5 receptions and 2 TD's.

    "This is another game where the lacking of a winning attitude within our boys showed, it will come with time."

    Next week Minnesota will take a tough trip into Happy Valley to take on the Nittany Lions.
     
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    Week 8 vs Ohio State

    Buckeyes 21 Minnesota 3

    OSU holds the anemic Minnesota offense to 128 yards, while the Gophers held the Buckeye offense to a solid 199 yards. Minnesota coaches came into this game knowing it was going to be hard to move the ball. Minnesota gathered 64 yards on the ground if you discount QB Nick Watson's 9 sacks. OSU players were spotted pregame pitching a tent in the Minnesota backfield. Watson put together 96 yards in the air on 6 of 13 passing with 0 TD's and INT's. Senior tailback Scott Bell put together a respectable 49 yards on 16 attempts, all things considered. Junior Chris Battle chipped in 15 yards on 4 attempts. Freshman LT received a learning experience on the day, giving up 3 sacks.

    Minnesota did however have a bright spot- the Gopher defense was flying all over the field all game long registering 5 turnovers. MLB Pat Harris, FS Steven Willis, and SS Jeff Long each hauled in an interception, while CB Ross Sims and ROLB Jesse Smith each recovered a fumble (one an intercepted pitch on an option).

    Head Coach Kasper had this to say after the game:"You know, I want to hold my head down after that game but we really played pretty well. I could get into how losing is never good enough, but honestly I'm damn proud of this team. We took some huge strides today and it was a great learning experience for every single player on this team."

    Minnesota will host Michigan State next week. The Gophers are hoping to stop a 4 game slide coming out of the hardest stretch of their schedule.
     
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    Week 9 vs Michigan State

    Minnesota 38 Michigan State 31

    Michigan State broke out to a 14-0 lead thanks to an opening kickoff return by Anderson, and a long run by Ali Daniels. Minnesota was able to get its running game going however, which let QB Nick Watson have a career day through the air. RB's Scott Bell, Chris Battle, and Jason Anderson combined for 178 yards on the ground, while Bell also tacked on a rushing TD. Watson put together 246 yards with 4 TD's and a 61% completion rate. 6 different Gophers caught a ball today, with sophomore Jason Johnson leading the way with 106 yards on 3 catches. Senior Jamaal Smith added 2 TD's and 53 yards through the air.

    The Gopher defense also generated 2 turnovers through fumbles on the day, both in clutch situations.

    Coach Kasper was quoted as saying "this is how we want to play every week. We need to be able to get a running game going and play defense, force a couple turnovers here and there and I think we have a great chance to win week in and week out. The offensive line did a great job of blocking downfield on draws and other long runs today, a lot of credit to the hosses up front. I'd tell you I'm taking them out for a steak dinner but the NCAA might throw a fit."
     
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    Week 10

    Minnesota 22 Illinois 19

    Minnesota continued delivering key wins on their way to bowl eligibility, winning 22-19 against a determined Illinois team. Minnesota struck first on an interception return by Sophomore MLB Pat Harris. The two teams would slug the rest of the first half out, with Illinois tacking on 2 FG's before the intermission. Illinois RB Matt Sullivan would find the endzone in third quarter to bring the score heading into the final frame to Minnesota 7, Illinois 12 (Illinois attempted a 2 point conversion to make the lead 7, but was stuffed.)

    The final frame would see Minnesota score on a 3 yard dash by RB Scott Bell. Bell would also convert the 2 point conversion to bring the score to 15-12, Minnesota leading. An exchange of possessions and Illinois was on the move again, with QB Shane Edwards hitting WR Casey Morris with 50 seconds left. Bell made another impact play, returning the ensuing kickoff to the opposite 40 yard line to give UM great starting position. QB Nick Watson would hit WR Pat Britt with 33 seconds left on a 32 yard strike. Minnesota would keep Illinois out of the endzone to hold on for a 22-19 win.

    Coach Kasper was quoted with the following: "We looked good today, and showed we know how to win the close games. The defense played very opportunistically, and the offense delivered when they needed too. Overall, we can definitely play better, but we need to be happy with this win and prepare for the next game. We have a bye week to prepare for a game we need to win."

    That game will be a trip to play the Iowa Hawkeyes.
     
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    Mid Tenn St 0 Minnesota 17

    This game was about as the experts predicted, a close battle that came down to execution of game plans. Herbstreit and Corso were torn between this matchup, but Miinnesota's defense just came into this game ready to go and did their job very well, holding MTSU to 204 total yards, 171 in the air and 33 on the ground. Minnesota also dominated the t.o.p. 17:36 to 10:24.

    Offensively QB Nick Watson led the scoring, with 2 TD tosses in the first half. Junior tailback Chris Battle added a great game on the ground, charging for 123 yards on 24 attempts for a solid 5.1 average. Battle has done well since taking over the starting job from senior Scott Bell. Bell has been productive as a 2nd man, utilizing his speed to put up a nice 42 yards on 10 carries on the day. 7 Different Gophers caught a ball today from Watson, with Jason Johnson leading the way with 49 yards on 3 catches. Tight End Kory O'Connor and WR Adam Collins added TD's of 6 and 5 yards.

    Junior defensive end Kyle O'Neal took advantage of the young MTSU offensive tackles and garnered player of the game honors, totaling 7 tackles (5 solo), 3 TFL's with 1 sack. O'Neal also caused a fumble on the aformentioned sack.

    "We knew our defense matched up well with their passing attack, and we executed the game plan we had coming into the game. We threw a lot of different looks at their quarterback today and we were able to make plays in the passing game to keep them out of the endzone. Offensively we got our running game going, which usually means some open receivers for Nick. He played a great game today, and we need him to finish the season strong to make a bowl game."

    Minnesota will wrap up the regular season next week on the road against Northern Illinois. A win would likely mean a bowl appearance for the Golden Gophers.
     

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