Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/16/12
MINNEAPOLIS For the first time since 2008, the University of Minnesota football team is 3-0. The latest victory was a 28-23 win Saturday over visiting Western Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium.Running offense: B Redshirt sophomore running back Donnell Kirkwood had his first career 100-yard rushing game, as he gained 110 yards on 23 carries for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Quarterback MarQueis Gray picked up 62 yards on 23 carries before leaving the game with a high ankle sprain. He didn't return after the injury, and backup quarterback Max Shortell didn't offer much in the rushing game (three carries for 14 yards). Without Gray, Minnesota's rushing attack became one-dimensional. Still, Kirkwood came up with big yards when he needed them. His game-long 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter helped extend a drive and keep the clock running as Minnesota held on for a win. Kirkwood didn't find the end zone Saturday, but he was effective enough throughout the game to keep Western Michi...
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