Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/3/12
MINNEAPOLIS Saturday's 35-13 loss to visiting Michigan dropped the University of Minnesota football team to 5-4 on the season and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Despite an early 7-0 lead, the Gophers failed to hold onto that momentum and were outscored 35-6 the rest of the way. Here are Minnesota's grades for Saturday's loss at TCF Bank Stadium.Running offense: C Minnesota's running backs were not really a factor Saturday as the Gophers gained 128 total yards on the ground. The leading rusher was Donnell Kirkwood, who carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards (3.6 yards per carry). He didn't break a run longer than 12 yards. True freshman Rodrick Williams had nine carries for 42 yards, including an 11-yard gain that went for a first down. Quarterback Philip Nelson ran 12 times but his longest run of the day was just nine yards. Once the Gophers fell behind in the second half, the running game was even less of a factor.Passing offense: C- Freshman Nelson never looked to be on the same page as h...
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