Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/25/12
MINNEAPOLIS Turnovers and a lack of offense plagued the University of Minnesota football team in Saturday's 26-10 loss to Michigan State in the regular-season finale. The Gophers held a brief one-point lead in the first half but were outscored 13-3 after halftime as they fell to 6-6 on the season. Here are the grades for Minnesota's lackluster performance against the Spartans. Running offense: F This was hands down the worst game of the year for Minnesota's rushing offense. The Gophers finished the game with 19 carries for a grand total of four yes, four yards rushing on Saturday. Running back Donnell Kirkwood had 19 yards on 10 carries while senior MarQueis Gray added four yards on five carries. But quarterback Philip Nelson lost 11 yards rushing, while backup quarterback Max Shortell lost nine yards. Last weekend's game against Nebraska was Minnesota's previous low rushing total this year when the Gophers ran for just 87 yards against the Huskers. That low was far surpassed o...
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