Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/23/14
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first half of Thursday's season opener, it looked as if the Gophers might not receive many passing grades as they led lowly UNLV by just three points at halftime. But Minnesota exploded for 35 second-half points to rout the visiting Rebels and earn solid grades all across the board. Here's a look at the report card for the Gophers' 51-23 victory in the 2013 season opener. Running offense: BMinnesota was led on the ground by quarterback Philip Nelson, who gained 83 yards on 12 carries. That included a 48-yard scamper for a touchdown in the first half, one of Nelson's two rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, starting running back Donnell Kirkwood left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had just 30 yards on 11 carries. In his absence, David Cobb and Rodrick Williams picked up the slack. Cobb had a big 60-yard run to finish with 69 yards on six carries, while Williams had just four touches for 13 yards. After the game, coach Jerry Kill seemed concerned...
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