Minnesota Golden Gopher Game Summaries

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  1. astealthyhippo

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    Minnesota Golden Gopher Game Summaries

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    Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Week 1
    Minnesota vs Syracuse (Bondzai)
    W 31 - 7

    Game summary will be posted later.

    Week 2
    Minnesota vs Air Force
    W 66 - 42

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    260 Passing yards
    250 Rushing yards
    510 Total yards

    Air Force
    388 Passing yards
    29 Rushing yards
    417 Total yards


    Passing

    Adam Weber (injured briefly in 2nd quarter, injured in 3rd quarter for remainder of game)
    6/14 passing
    165 yards
    1 TD
    1 INT

    MarQueis Gray (true Freshman btw)
    4/6 passing
    95 yards
    3 TD

    Tim Jefferson
    20/37 passing
    388 yards
    6 TD

    Rushing/Receiving

    Duane Bennett
    33 rushes
    182 yards
    3 TD
    3 receptions
    67 yards
    1 TD

    Defense

    Lee Campbell MLB
    9 Tackles (25 through 2 games)
    1 TFL
    1 Int

    Michael Carter CB
    Int returned for TD

    Ryan Collado CB
    Int returned for TD


    This was a much tougher game than the score makes it out to be. Minnesota didn't scout Air Force very much, but knew they run the triple option attack. With this knowledge Minnesota looked to blitz early and often from several different defensive packages. The end result from the poor scouting resulted in a superb aerial attack by Air Force. The score mid way through the 2nd quarter was Air Force 35, Minnesota 10.

    Minnesota's defense finally adjusted, while the offense picked up some slack scoring on their next two possessions, one passing TD and one rushing TD to move the score to AF 35 - Minn 24. On the ensuing drive, Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson threw a pick 6, courtesy of Freshman Michael Carter. The score at the half, Air Force 35 - Minnesota 31.

    The second half brought a steady Minnesota rushing attack led by Duane Bennett. Minnesota stuck first to take the lead 38 - 35. Minnesota's defense continued to hold down the Air Force passing attack, forcing them to punt. Minnesota and Air Force both scored touchdowns to send the game into the 4th quarter with a score of Minnesota 45 - Air Force 42.

    Minnesota scored first in the final quarter, pushing their lead to 10. The nail in the coffin came on Minnesota's second pick 6 of the day, this time by CB Ryan Collado. A final rushing TD pushed the game to the final score of Minnesota 66 - Air Force 42, before the 2nd team offense and defense were called upon to finish out the game.

    The actual game and the scoreboard tell two completely different stories. Minnesota will need to regroup and come out focused for their next game; if they play this way versus Cal, they will likely be on the losing end.
     
  2. astealthyhippo

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    Week 3
    Minnesota vs Cal
    W 38 - 35

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    156 Passing yards
    266 Rushing yards
    422 Total yards

    Cal
    170 Passing yards
    230 Rushing yards
    400 Total yards

    Passing

    Adam Weber
    7/14 passing
    156 passing yards
    1 TD
    2 Int

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    20 rushes
    168 yards
    2 TD
    Seperated Shoulder in the middle of 2nd quarter, did not return

    DeLeon Eskridge
    21 rushes
    105 yards
    1 TD

    Jahvid Best
    26 rushes
    210 yards
    1 TD
    injured for half of 3rd quarter

    Receiving

    Eric Decker
    2 receptions
    88 yards
    1TD

    Defense

    Kyle Theret
    13 tackles
    1 Int

    Summary

    Minnesota received the opening kick off. They started the running game and found the endzone on a 13 yard run by Bennett. Cal quickly answered on a quick drive capped off by a Jahvid Best 6 yard TD reception. Minnesota's next drive ended the same as it's first, a Bennett touchdown run. The Minnesota defense stopped the Golden Bear's next drive, and added a field goal before the end of the first quarter. Minnesota 17 - Cal 7.

    Cal would answer however, on the legs of Jahvid Best. Best took an HB dive and shed two tackles at the line of scrimmage, bounced it out wide and made two more Gophers miss on his way to an 80 yard touchdown run. Minnesota couldn't do much on their next possession and was forced to punt. Cal scored on their next drive to take the lead 21 - 17. On Minnesota's next drive, Bennett, the nation's leading rusher, suffered a seperated shoulder and was unable to make it back into the game. Eskridge picked up the slack though, pounding in a touchdown with 0:09 left in the half. The score at the break, Minnesota 24 - Cal 21.

    The third quarter would see the Golden Bears and the Golden Gophers swap touchdowns, putting the score at Minnesota 31 - Cal 28 heading into the fourth.

    Cal dominated the fourth quarter, playing the field position game. The Bears worked their way down to the Gophers' goalline, mainly behind the stellar efforts of Best. Cal would score on a pass call from the 7 yard line, taking the lead 35- 31 with just under 4:00 to play. The Gophers' next drive would stall in their own territory, forcing a punt. Minnesota had to stop Cal quickly, fearing Cal and Best would run out the clock. Minnesota gave up 2 fast first downs before finally stopping the Bears just short on a third down attempt.

    The Gophers had the ball on their 27 yard line with just over 1 minute left and no timeouts. Coach Hippo called up a playaction pass that sent WR Eric Decker on a fly route, while the slotman Hayo Carpenter ran a post route. The safety bit on the post, leaving one-on-one coverage on the outside. Decker beat his man, and Adam Weber laid the pass just over Decker's shoulder. Decker fought the falling cornerback's attempt to trip him up and ran it in for the touchdown, a 73 yard bomb with 0:54 left on the clock.

    Cal worked their way down the field from the shotgun formation, pushing themselves into Golden Gopher territory. Minnesota broke up several passes and eventually tackled the Cal tight end 2 yards short of the first down marker on 4th down. Two Adam Weber kneels later, the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated that other golden animal, 38 -35.

    Up next week, Northwestern.
     
  3. astealthyhippo

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    Week 4
    Minnesota vs Northwestern
    W 27 - 14

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    96 Passing yards
    206 Rushing yards
    302 Total yards

    Northwestern
    276 Passing yards
    42 Rushing yards
    318 Total yards

    Passing

    Adam Weber
    7/17 passing (5 dropped passes)
    96 passing yards
    1 TD

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    43 rushing attempts (workhorse)
    165 yards
    2 TD

    Defensive

    Kyle Theret
    8 tackles (1 TFL)
    1 fumble recovery
    1 INT

    Quick Summary

    Typical Big 10 game. Ugly game, not much offense, it was raining. Northwestern completely shut down my offense in the first half. Four turnovers by Northwestern allowed Minnesota to have good field position. Northwestern tried to shut down the Minnesota rushing attack, at many times placing 8-9 guys in the box, also blitzing early and often. Duane Bennett is an absolute monster, but didn't get nearly the yards per carry that he has the previous 3 games. Adam Weber will need to step up for Minnesota in order for them to compete with the Big 10 elite. Look for Minnesota to air it out in the coming weeks to take some pressure off the rushing attack.

    Next week, Minnesota plays Wisconsin at home.
     
  4. astealthyhippo

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    Week 5
    Minnesota vs Wisconsin
    W 37 - 24

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    225 Passing yards
    192 Rushing yards
    417 Total yards

    Wisconsin
    138 Passing yards
    89 Rushing yards
    227 Total yards

    Passing

    Adam Weber
    8/16 passing
    135 yards
    0 TD
    3 Int

    MarQueis Gray
    7/15 passing
    90 yards
    1 TD

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    6 rushes
    28 yards
    Injured late in the 1st quarter for the rest of the game

    DeLeon Eskridge
    25 rushes
    104 yards
    2 TD

    Receiving

    Brandon Green
    3 receptions
    58 yards
    1 TD

    Game Summary

    Wisconsin jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter. The game seems determined to injure Duane Bennett, as he was lost for the game for the 2nd time in 3 games. Minnesota tried to pass the ball more, to force teams to stop loading the box on them. The 31 passes was a season high for the Gophers, but the new offensive strategy didn't come without a cost. Adam Weber threw 3 interceptions, forcing Coach Hippo to call upon true freshman MarQueis Gray. Gray played decent in relief, passing with subpar efficiency, but threw for 1 touchdown and no interceptions. When reached for comment on the quarterback situation Coach Hippo offered up this tidbit:

     
  5. astealthyhippo

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    Week 6
    Minnesota vs Purdue
    W 48 - 45

    FG by Minnesota as time expired. Check back, will update shortly.
     
  6. astealthyhippo

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    Week 6
    Minnesota vs Purdue
    W 48 - 45

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    338 Passing yards
    157 Rushing yards
    495 Total yards

    Purdue
    362 Passing yards
    70 Rushing yards
    432 Total yards

    Passing

    Adam Weber
    16/29 passing
    338 yards
    3 TD
    3 Int

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    Injured in the first quarter (I forget the type of injury)
    3rd time in 4 games he went down to an injury
    Nation's leading rusher heading into Week 6 with 704 rushing yards
    Out for 4 weeks.....OOOOOOOOOHHHH.........FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUDGE!!!!

    DeLeon Eskridge
    31 rushes
    110 yards
    3 TD

    Receiving

    Eric Decker
    6 receptions
    91 yards
    1 TD

    Troy Stoudemire Jr.
    4 receptions
    144 yards
    1 TD

    Game Summary

    Minnesota lost Duane Bennett to injury for 4 weeks. Hopefully when he returns he won't have a bulls-eye on his back like he has had in recent weeks. Minnesota looked to air it out early and often in this one, a 180 degree turn from their straight-forward, cram it down your cramhole LaFleur style of play. Adam Weber passed for a season high 338 yards and 3 TD's as he led the Gophers team against Purdue.

    The first quarter ended with the score tied 7-7. The Gophers racked up 28 points in the second quarter, while the Boilermakers scored 21. The score at the half, Minnesota 35 - Purdue 28. Purdue took the lead in the third quarter on a 99-yard pick 6 (Purdue had 2 on the day). Minnesota was trailing by 4 heading into the 4th quarter.

    The Gophers methodically drove the ball down the field for a touchdown on the legs of backup running back DeLeon Eskridge. Purdue would answer however, kicking a field goal to tie the game up with less than 3 minutes to play. Minnesota drove down the field, making sure to take care of the ball. The Gophers made their way down inside Purdue territory and into field goal range. After a Minnesota time out to stop the clock with 2 seconds left, Purdue took 3 straight time outs, trying to ice, or perhaps freeze, if you will, Minnesota's kicker :D. Minnesota booted the field goal straight through, taking the victory 48-45. Hopefully the win, as crappy as it is to beat Purdue by 3, will impress the recruits in attendance.

    Edit:
    Record: 6-0 (3-0)
    Upcoming games: @ Penn St., @ Ohio St., vs Michigan St.
     
  7. The Shrike

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    Was this the deal where the game asks you if you want to bring Weber back into the game at the risk of serious injury? It seems extremely rare that the forewarned injury actually happens.

    Looks like you got your passing game figured out against Purdue...​
     
  8. astealthyhippo

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    Yep, I believe that was what happened. I was glad he was only hurt for the rest of the game and not for several weeks or the whole season. My backup QB is a true freshman with only like 46 awareness and low 80's accuracy. He's fast but can't throw on the run or if I try to lead my receiver he is REALLY inaccurate.
     
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    Week 7
    Minnesota vs Penn State
    L 30 - 59

    I am at work now, and don't have access to stats. However, I was down by 4 going into the 4th. I scored a quick touchdown to put Minnesota up 30 - 28. Then Penn State went into F-U mode, ripping off 31 straight points to close out the game. Some of this was bad playing on my part. I was losing and knew Penn St. would run the ball, so I sent a lot of blitzes, but they would always be in the wrong spot (I would blitz from the left side and Penn st. would run right, I would blitz my OLBs and they would call an HB dive and take it to the house). It just spiraled out of control quickly. Adam Weber was 10/15 passing in the first half and finished the game something like 18/40 and at least 3 INTs. Of the 22 incompletions, Penn St. had like 8 pass deflections (they were everywhere), my receivers had 7 drops, and the other 7 were likely lame duck passes Weber threw as he was getting hit.

    It was a good, hard-fought game until the implosion and I actually felt confident that Minnesota would pull off the upset, but Penn St. is a tough team. This is the hard portion of my schedule. If I can pick up 1 of the next 2 games I will be pleased.

    Record: 6-1 (3-1)
    Next week: @ Ohio State
     
  10. astealthyhippo

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    Week 8
    Minnesota vs Ohio State
    W 41 - 31

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    219 Passing yards
    222 Rushing yards
    441 Total yards

    Ohio State
    209 Passing yards
    140 Rushing yards
    349 Total yards

    Passing

    Adam Weber
    1/3 passing
    11 yards
    2 Ints

    MarQueis Gray
    7/13 passing
    208 yards
    2 TDs
    1 Int

    Terrelle Pryor
    17/32 passing
    209 yards
    2 TDs
    3 Ints

    Rushing

    DeLeon Eskridge
    21 rushes
    90 yards

    MarQueis Gray
    11 rushes
    90 yards
    1 TD

    Receiving

    Eric Decker
    3 receptions
    75 yards

    Da'Jon McKnight
    1 reception
    78 yards
    1 TD

    Defense

    Gary Tinsley
    9 tackles
    2 Ints

    Traye Simmons
    6 tackles
    1 Int
    1 TD

    Kurt Coleman
    13 tackles
    1 Int
    1 TD

    Game Summary

    Ohio State received the kickoff and was unable to move the ball effectively down the field. On Minnesota's first possession, an Adam Weber pass was intercepted by CB Kurt Coleman and returned 69 yards for a TD. Minnesota's next drive would also end on an Adam Weber interception. On the ensuing drive, Terrelle Pryor led the Buckeyes into the endzone, ending the drive on a 10 yard TD pass. When Minnesota took the field for their next possession, true Freshman MarQueis Gray was handed the reins to the offense. He was a little shaky at first and had trouble with the crowd noise at The Horseshoe. However, Gray led the offense down the field, capping the drive with a playaction TD pass to his TE, Nick Tow Arnett. The score at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State 14 - Minnesota 7.

    Ohio State led off the second quarter with a 32 yard field goal, pushing their lead to 10. Minnesota was forced to punt on their next possession; the game looked to be sliding away already. Ohio State would make a costly mistake however, Pryor's third down pass attempt was tipped at the line and CB Traye Simmons leaped into the air, brought the ball down, and took it 77 yards to the house. Ohio State was forced to punt when they got the ball, and Minnesota scored on their next possession on a 27 yard zone read keeper by Gray out of the shotgun formation. Ohio State would answer on a 24 yard TD pass by Pryor, and Minnesota booted a 38 yard FG through the uprights as time expired in the first half. The score at the break, Minnesota 24 - Ohio State 24.

    Minnesota came out hungry in the 3rd quarter, scoring on a FB dive from the goal line. The Gopher D held the Buckeyes in check in the 3rd quarter, not allowing any points. Minnesota continued to spread the field with Gray at QB, many times going 4 or 5 wide. On one such occasion, Gray found WR Da'Jon McKnight (who?) for a 78 yard TD pass as the Buckeye secondary coverage broke down. The score entering the 4th quarter, Minnesota 38 - Ohio State 24.

    Ohio State would not go away, scoring on a Brandon Saine 37 yard TD run where he broke a tackle from every Gopher defender, and possibly even some from the players sitting on the bench. Minnesota was content to try to pound the rock and run down the clock. The Gophers managed to run it down into the Buckeye red zone before adding a 36 yard FG for insurance.

    The final score, Minnesota 41 - Ohio State 31.

    Game Analysis

    It appears Coach Hippo will end up eating his words from 3 weeks ago. Following the game, Coach Hippo named true freshman MarQueis Gray the starting quarterback. With Gray at QB, the Gophers could play more out of the shotgun, giving Ohio State a new look that they sure didn't figure they would have to deal with. Gray also gives the Gophers the ability to run zone reads and options. This forces the defense to focus on the QB's running ability, as well as Gopher's running back. With 219 passing yards and 222 rushing yards, Coach Hippo was thoroughly pleased with the balanced attack against the Buckeyes. In the future, expect different looks from the Gopher offense, but expect more of the same in regards to the balanced offensive attack.

    Record: 7-1 (4-1)
    Next week: vs Michigan State
     
  11. Dru50

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    Nice win man. Putting up 220 yards rushing on the OSU defense in this game is really solid.
     
  12. astealthyhippo

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    Thanks I appreciate it; yeah that OSU defense is pretty tough. They are really quick to the ball and have tons of speed.
     
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    Week 9
    Minnesota vs Michigan State
    W 52 - 24

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    249 Passing yards
    197 Rushing yards
    446 Total yards

    Michigan State
    293 Passing yards
    95 Rushing yards
    388 Total yards

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray
    11/12 passing
    200 yards
    2 TD
    0 Ints

    Rushing

    DeLeon Eskridge
    22 rushes
    93 yards
    2 TD

    Receiving

    Brandon Green
    4 receptions
    106 yards
    2 TD

    Eric Decker
    4 receptions
    85 yards
    1 TD

    Game Summary

    MarQueis Gray was sharp in his first career start. He was an extremely efficient 11/12 passing, with most of the passes to an open receiver or a receiver with one-on-one coverage. Coach Hippo did not want Gray to force the issue with his passes since the Freshman struggles with his passing accuracy. The ground game behind DeLeon Eskridge was solid and opened up the passing game as Michigan State blitzed early and often. On several occasions Michigan State stacked the box with 8-9 men and rushed the quarterback with 8 of them. This allowed Gray to make quick check down passes and the receivers did much of their work after the catch. Gray sat the entire second half, with QB Adam Weber coming on in relief. Gray was joined on the sideline by the rest of the starters at the end of the 3rd quarter.

    It was a different look from Minnesota, who ran 35-40% of their plays from the shotgun. This is a big change from their traditional I-formation running game through the first 8 games. Hopefully the new passing game can keep the defense honest. Next week Minnesota will welcome back their starting running back, Duane Bennett, who has been out for the last 4 weeks.

    Record: 8-1 (5-1)
    Next week: vs Illinois
     
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    Week 10
    Minnesota vs Illinois
    W 42 - 20

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    302 Passing yards
    205 Rushing yards
    507 Total yards

    Illinois
    186 Passing yards
    139 Rushing yards
    325 Total yards

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray
    16/30 passing
    2XX passing yards (forgot to write that one down)
    3 TD
    2 Ints

    Juice Williams
    13/33 passing
    186 yards
    2 TD
    1 Int

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    27 rushes
    116 yards
    1 TD

    DeLeon Eskridge and Jon Hoese
    1 TD each

    Daniel Dufrene
    14 rushes
    148 yards (71 yrd TD run)

    Receiving

    Nick Tow Arnett
    7 receptions
    143 yards
    3 TDs

    Arrelious Benn
    2 receptions
    122 yards
    2 TDs

    Game Summary

    MarQueis Gray led the Gophers to an easy victory in this one. This game was defined by big plays, and Minnesota was able to make more of them. Gray threw for 3 TDs, all of them to TE Nick Tow Arnett, including a rumbling 54 yard TD pass where Tow Arnett broke 3 seperate tackles along the sideline. Coach Hippo let Gray have some more freedom to throw and make things happen in this game compared to last weeks game. For the most part Gray did a very nice job. He did force the ball in a couple spots, and they were picked off by the Illinois secondary.

    Minnesota led 14-7 at the end of the first, and led 35-13 at the half. Gray played half of the third quarter before taking a seat for the rest of the game. The second half featured a Minnesota offense trying to pound the ball and run the clock. A very boring second half saw both team score a touchdown in the 4th quarter, pushing the final score to 42-20. Illinois continued the trend of opposing teams loading the box to force the Gophers to throw. With the newfound success through the air, teams should have to respect Gray's arm (and scrambling ability if need be). This will only help the Gopher's rushing attack. Next week, Minnesota will play Louisiana Tech, but already have their eye on the big showdown at Iowa to close out the season. This one could decide who is smelling the roses.

    Record: 9-1 (6-1)
    Next week: LTU
     
  15. Emmdotfrisk

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    Nice to see you got your game in. Good Job, things are startin to shape up as long as I can take down tOSU next week
     
  16. astealthyhippo

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    Week 11
    Minnesota vs Louisiana Tech
    W 34 - 15

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    201 Passing yards
    254 Rushing yards
    455 Total yards

    Louisiana Tech
    271 Passing yards
    58 Rushing yards
    329 Total yards

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray
    15/28 passing
    201 yards
    4 TD
    3 Int

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett
    20 rushes
    104 yards

    DeLeon Eskridge
    14 rushes
    73 yards

    Receiving

    Eric Decker
    5 receptions
    53 yards
    2 TD

    Nick Tow Arnett
    3 receptions
    29 yards
    2 TD

    Defense

    Gary Tinsley
    9 tackles (2TFL)

    Nathan Triplett
    8 tackles (3TFL)

    Game Summary

    This was one of those games where you are never worried about losing, but somehow the opponent knows exactly what play you're running each time. Just makes it tough because you know it should be a blowout, but the other team is making obscene plays.

    Gray forced too many balls when he should have looked to the checkdown receiver. He played well overall, with 4 TD's and 3 Ints, but only threw for 201 yards. The rushing attack helped out tremendously, even though they were unable to score a TD. The combination of Bennett and Eskridge tallied 177 yards on the ground on just 34 carries (5.2 per carry). Minnesota led 17-7 at the half, and 31-15 after the third before adding a field goal in the final quarter to push the score to 34-15.

    Next up, the game circled on the calendar all year: at Iowa. This matchup will send the winner onto the Rose Bowl to face off against the Pac 10 champion. When reached for comment on their next game, Coach Hippo responded:


    Record:10-1 (6-1)
    Next 3 Weeks: @ Iowa, Bye, Bye
     
  17. astealthyhippo

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    Week 12
    Minnesota vs Iowa
    L 28 - 35

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    178 Passing yards
    141 Rushing yards
    319 Total yards

    Iowa
    87 Passing yards
    235 Rushing yards
    322 Total yards

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray
    15/23 passing
    178 yards
    1 TD
    3 INTs

    Ricky Stanzi
    8/12 passing
    87 yards
    2 TD
    3 INTs

    Rushing

    Minnesota
    By committee. Duane Bennett was hurt again in the 2nd quarter (I believe). 6 or 7 players contributed to the rushing attack.

    Adam Robinson
    27 rushes
    139 yards
    1 TD

    Brandon Wegher
    4 rushes
    89 yards
    1 TD

    Receiving

    Brandon Green
    4 receptions
    57 yards

    Troy Stoudemire
    2 receptions
    30 yards
    1 TD

    Marvin McNutt
    5 receptions
    58 yards

    Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
    2 receptions
    25 yards
    1 TD

    Game Summary/Thoughts

    I will let Emmdot elaborate and tell more since he came out on top but here is a brief summary.

    Minnesota jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead on 2 pick 6's in the first couple minutes. Iowa would answer though, as Minnesota could not stop the relentless rushing attack. The game was tied at 21 heading into the second half. The game was tied at 28 halfway thru the 4th quarter. Minnesota had the ball inside the Iowa 5 yard line. 2 FB dives later, Minnesota was at the 1 yard line. That's when I got a little too cute...Playaction pass to the TE that was picked off and taken 99 yards to the house. Minnesota has plenty of time to drive the ball back down the field. The Gophers get into Hawkeye territory, but Gray's pass intended for Brandon Green was picked off, sealing the game for Iowa.

    Overall, great game. I was dominated in the trenches. Some of that probably was personnel, but Emmdot played a hell of a game. I couldn't stop Robinson (he seriously pulled off 5-6 yards every run) and Emmdot stuffed my run game, by some good work at controlling the MLB. He got really good pressure on Gray, but still managed to get damn good coverage on the receivers.The better team won, but Minnesota will not hang its head. They will look to get their starting RB and MLB healthy and ready for whichever bowl game they are invited to.

    Record: 10-2 (6-2)
    Home: 7-0
    Away: 3-2
    User games: 1-1 (both were away games)
    Remaining schedule: Bye, Bye, Bowl game
     
  18. astealthyhippo

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    Orange Bowl
    Minnesota vs Texas A&M
    L 17 - 27

    Team Statistics

    Minnesota
    183 Passing yards
    147 Rushing yards
    330 Total yards

    Texas A&M
    99 Passing yards
    141 Rushing yards
    240 Total yards

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray - MINN
    16/24 passing
    183 passing yards
    1 TD / 2 Ints

    Jarrod Johnson - TAMU
    4/6 passing
    99 passing yards

    Rushing

    Duane Bennett - MINN
    17 attempts
    88 yards
    1 TD

    Christine Michael - TAMU
    20 attempts
    69 yards
    1 TD

    Receiving

    Nick Tow Arnett - MINN
    4 receptions
    88 yards
    1 TD

    Jeff Fuller - TAMU
    2 receptions
    58 yards

    Defensive

    Lee Campbell/Nate Triplett/Gary Tinsley - MINN
    8 tackles each

    Kyle Mangan/Trent Hunter - TAMU
    12 tackles each

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
    Texas A&M 7 7 10 3 27
    Minnesota 7 3 0 7 17


    Game Summary

    I'll just give a few brief thoughts. The game was a good match up, both teams played well and tried to play to their strengths. TAMU offense probably didn't play as well as they hoped, but they didn't make any mistakes and they controlled the clock nicely. I had a hard time stopping Michael and Johnson, and when I focused on them too much, Johnson would make the Minnesota D pay. Johnson was an efficient 4/6 passing, including a bomb to Fuller that put TAMU at the Gopher 2 yard line.

    The key stat of the game was turnovers...TAMU 0, MINN 3. This includes a fumble by Eric Decker (who was completely shut down, 2 receptions 13 yards) that was returned and taken to the house to put TAMU up 7-0 to start out the game. The last turnover was an interception thrown by Gray near the TAMU 20 yard line. MINN was driving, down 10, with under a minute to go. TAMU defense played great, forcing passes to recievers I didn't want to look at. Often times I was on my 3rd-4th read before I found someone with a little breathing room, and Gray was forced to scramble a few times.

    Great game Dru, I look forward to future matchups with the Aggies.

    Record: 10-3 (6-2)
     
  19. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

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    I'm glad you saved the stats, I had to rush off and get two more dynasty games in last night.

    Great game, and honestly, you outplayed me on both sides of the ball. The fumble by Decker that my LB returned for a TD was really the difference in the game (well, and the fact that I got the ball at halftime and was able to make it a two score game in the 3rd). You did a great job not giving up on the run when you were behind and mixing the run and pass. The stats are telling when you see the amount of yards you had, the YPC on your runs vs mine, etc. You exposed my defense for what they are, overacheivers with really no playmakers.

    This was an interesting season for me, I've never had to play this conservatively with a team before. I'm hoping that my WR's develop some this offseason and learn to catch better so that I can open up the offense some more in season 2.

    Great game man, look forward to a rematch in the future.
     
  20. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2010 Minnesota Golden Gopher Season Preview

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    2009 Record: 10-3 (6-2)
    2009 Bowl: Orange Bowl
    Result: L 17-27 vs TAMU

    Key Returning Players:

    Offense

    QB MarQueis Gray
    The undoubted leader of the offense, this SO will be the vocal leader of the team. The opposition must respect his speed and elusiveness, but be careful, he's got a cannon for an arm.

    HB DeLeon Eskridge
    This JR beat out last season's starter, Duane Bennett, with a solid off-season performance. Eskridge played in most games last season, starting nearly half of the games when Bennett went down to an injury. Minnesota will be looking for Eskridge to pound the ball early and often in games, opening up the playaction pass.

    Defense

    MLB Gary Tinsley
    The leader of the defense, Tinsley will be filling some big shoes this year. Last year he was behind SR Lee Campbell on the depth chart, but received valuable playing time when Campbell sat for several weeks with an injury. Tinsley made the most of his time on the field, improving greatly as the season progressed. This year he looks to lead the young Gopher defense.

    FS Kyle Theret
    Theret looks to make the most of his last season. He started last year and played very well, leading the team in tackles. Critics knock his size and strength, but Theret is a playmaker and be an important part to the defense.

    Pre-season All-Big 10
    First Team:
    HB Duane Bennett
    HB DeLeon Eskridge
    K Eric Ellestad

    Second Team:
    FS Kyle Theret

    2010 Team Schedule
    Week 1: #21 Georgia
    Week 2: Miss. St. (JAC)
    Week 3: #5 USC
    Week 4: Bye
    Week 5: Purdue
    Week 6: Illinois
    Week 7: Northwestern
    Week 8: Michigan St.
    Week 9: #9 USF (Scarecrow)
    Week 10: #17 Ohio St.
    Week 11: Michigan
    Week 12: #4 Iowa (Emmdot)
    Week 13: Wisconsin
    Week 14: Bye
    Week 15: Bye

    Home Game
    Away Game

    Schedule is a little more challenging than last years with tough games against Georgia and USC early in the year. All 3 user games are away, which makes them a little harder (come to think of it, both user games last year were away as well, Bondzai you bastid...)

    Projected 2010 record: 10-3
    Hopefully win 1 of 3 user games, then drop either the Bowl game or a regular season CPU game. Really, I would be pleased with a 10-3 record after losing 22 seniors to graduation. 2011 is the year of the Gopher, calling it right now.
     
  21. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2010 - Week 1​


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    #21 Georgia 3 0 7 14 24
    Minnesota 10 17 10 10 47


    Yards UGA MINN
    Passing 90 273
    Rushing 222 226
    Total 312 499

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray - 12/21 passing, 241 yards, 2 TD/0 Ints

    Rushing

    DeLeon Eskridge - 20 rushes, 85 yards, 1 TD

    MarQueis Gray - 10 rushes, 67 yards

    Receiving

    Eric Lair - 4 catches, 63 yards, 1 TD

    Hayo Carpenter - 1 catch, 47 yards, 1 TD

    Summary/Analysis

    The Gophers were up for the task, taking out the #21 ranked Georgia Bulldogs at home in the first game of the year. MarQueis Gray showed great improvement from last year, passing for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Minnesota's run game was by committee, as both DeLeon Eskridge and Duane Bennett were knocked out of the game for a period of time.

    This one was never in doubt as the Gophers jumped out early and coasted to victory. Coach Hippo felt so comfortable that he pulled the starters after the first series in the 3rd quarter and put the Freshmen in...not second team...the Freshmen. After the game Coach Hippo had this to say on the topic:

    Record:1-0 (0-0)
    Next week: @ Miss. St. (JAC)
     
  22. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2010 - Week 2​


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Miss St 14 3 0 6 23
    # 19 Minnesota 0 21 10 10 41


    Yards Miss St MINN
    Passing 161 119
    Rushing 135 270
    Total 296 389

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray - 9/15 passing, 107 yards, 1 TD/1 Int

    Rushing

    DeLeon Eskridge - 42 rushes, 226 yards, 2 TD

    Summary/Analysis

    The Golden Gophers traveled down to Miss St for a night game, played in monsoon type conditions. Miss St jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead following a MarQueis Gray INT. The Gophers would not be rattled, scoring 21 points in the 2nd quarter as DeLeon Eskridge willed them down the field almost single-handedly, with much help from his line of course. Half time score 21-17 Gophers.

    Minnesota received the ball in the second half and drove the ball down the field for a TD. The Gophers cruised from there, with the help of 2 Miss St turnovers. This was the big difference in the game, as Miss St had 2 Ints and 1 fumble, where Minnesota only had 1 Int.

    Gray was pretty rattled on the road, and many of his incompletions were thrown poorly and with too much velocity. He settled down though after his first drive, managing the game and letting Eskridge do the rest. Eskridge averaged 5.4 a carry for the game and scored 2 TDs, showing that Coach Hippo made the right call to name him starter after a tremendous off-season.

    Good game JAC, you played well and really caught my defense off guard to start the game. Well done, I look forward to future match-ups.

    Record:2-0 (0-0)
    Next week: vs USC
     
  23. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2010 - Week 3​


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    #2 USC 14 14 0 7 35
    # 17 Minnesota 14 10 17 17 48


    Yards USC MINN
    Passing 262 123
    Rushing 137 366
    Total 399 489

    Passing

    MarQueis Gray - 10/20 passing, 123 yards, 1 TD/1 Int

    Rushing

    DeLeon Eskridge - 46 rushes, 290 yards, 2 TD

    Summary/Analysis

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers came into this one as a big time underdog, despite being ranked and playing at home. The Trojans were ranked #2 in the nation, trailing only Iowa in the polls. Both teams played very solid in the first half, making big plays on offense. The Trojans led 28-24 at halftime.

    The Gophers received the ball after halftime and put the pressure back on USC after a 50 yard TD run by Eskridge. USC was trailing 41-28 late in the 4th quarter as they raced down the field, led by Matt Barkley. The SO Barkley would make a fatal mistake though, faking a spike he threw the ball into coverage. Minnesota CB Johnny Johnson (fucking killer name) snagged the ball out of the air and took it to the house, sealing the game for Minnesota.

    Game ball goes to Eskridge...he was a man in this game. Despite the production by Eskridge, Coach Hippo mentioned he will attempt to mix in Duane Bennett into the rushing game, as to not wear out Eskridge early in the season.

    Interesting stats for the game:

    T.O.P -
    Minnesota had over 19mins of possession to USC's 9mins.

    Off. plays from scrimmage -
    USC - 21 rushes/22 passes - 43 total plays
    Minn - 60 rushes/20 passes - 80 total plays

    Highlights

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    First play from scrimmage for Minnesota - 43 yard run by Eskridge, set the tone for the rest of the day

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    50 yard TD run by Eskridge in 3rd quarter

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    Barkley's fake spike was not a good idea

    Record:3-0 (0-0)
    Next week: BYE
     
  24. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

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    That is a nice win at home. There will be some changes in the top of the polls next week.;)
     
  25. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2010 - Week 4​


    BYE

    Recruiting Trail

    No commits yet for the Golden Gophers, but we have offered 14 scholarships. I was trying really hard to persuade a kid (ATH) who would make a big difference on my team in about 2-3 years to come to my school, but he has no interest in Minnesota despite holding no other scholarship offers. Hopefully I will lock up a few recruits next week as Purdue comes to town.

    Interesting Stats

    DeLeon Eskridge is leading the nation in rushing attempts and rushing yards through 3 games. He has something like 108 carries, over 600 yards, and 5 TDs so far. I believe he has about 40 more carries than any other user controlled player.


    Record: 3-0 (0-0)
    Next week: vs Purdue
     

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