All season, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been trying to figure out a way to motivate his players and last weekend he finally found something that worked.
Prior to Saturday's game against Iowa, Kill brought more than 100 previous Gopher letter-winners into the team's locker room and just before the team took the field, showed his team a video of fans tearing down the goalposts and escorting the metal out of the Metrodome after Iowa's 45-21 win over the Gophers in 2002.
"Yeah, they showed that and you know, I'm a MN native and that really did irritate me," cornerback Kyle Henderson said. "Being a Gopher - that was one of the biggest things - I felt belittled. I wasn't a player at that time, but I felt their pain because I know what it takes to go into a game.
"The amount of work you put in - to lose and have them humiliate you like that, I thought was terrible. I felt for them, I definitely wanted to make sure I did something for those guys."
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