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Minnesota hangs on to beat Rutgers 34-32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Emmitt Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left helped Minnesota survive for a 34-32 victory against Rutgers on Saturday. Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for...
Via AP on Fox
October 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Leidner returns as Gophers edge Rutgers 34-32

MINNEAPOLIS -- Emmitt Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left helped Minnesota survive for a 34-32 victory against Rutgers on Saturday.Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for 156...
Via AP on Fox
October 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Mitch Leidner starts at QB for Minnesota against Rutgers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Fifth-year senior quarterback Mitch Leidner started for Minnesota on Saturday against Rutgers after missing last week's game with a concussion. Conor Rhoda started last week's win against Maryland and went 7 of 15 for 82 yards as the Golden Gophers ran for 229 yards. Leidner has completed 57.7 percent of his passes this season for 1,006 yards, five touchdown...
Via AP on Fox
October 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota and Rutgers to meet in football for 1st time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After opening the Big Ten season on a two-game skid, Minnesota found a way to right itself with a backup quarterback. Rutgers is hoping for similar results this week. Coach Chris Ash has elevated Gio Rescigno to starter for the remainder of the season, hoping that his solid play in the second half against Illinois last week can help the Scarlet Knights (2-5, 0...
Via AP on Fox
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

3 more Minnesota football players served with restraining orders

Three more players for the Minnesota Gophers have been served with restraining orders that will keep them from playing this weekend. Minnesota is set to play host to Rutgers this weekend and now a total of five players from the Minnesota team will be unable to play. While none of the players have been suspended by the NCAA or the team, the alleged victim in the incident is involved...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 21, 2016

Gophers' Leidner cleared for light work in practice

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is still working his way back from a concussion and coach Tracy Claeys says it's likely that Conor Rhoda will start on Saturday against Rutgers.Leidner was listed as out by the team on Tuesday, though that designation is open to re-evaluation later in the week. Claeys says Leidner has been cleared to do some light work in practice...
Via AP on Fox
October 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota QB Leidner still dealing with concussion symptoms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is still working his way back from a concussion and coach Tracy Claeys says it's likely that Conor Rhoda will start on Saturday against Rutgers. Leidner was listed as out by the team on Tuesday, though that designation is open to re-evaluation later in the week. Claeys says Leidner has been cleared to do some light work in practice...
Via AP on Fox
October 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota, Maryland have QB problems entering Saturday clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Coming off its worst offensive performance of the season, Minnesota will start a former walk-on quarterback at Maryland on Saturday. Mitch Leidner was 13 for 33 for 166 yards and two interceptions in a 14-7 loss to Iowa. That wasn't enough to get him benched. Leidner can't play because of a concussion, so coach Tracy Claeys must rely upon junior Conor Rhoda...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner out vs. Maryland with concussion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has ruled out quarterback Mitch Leidner for Saturday's game against Maryland because of a concussion. The depth chart for the week released by the team on Tuesday listed junior Conor Rhoda as the starter and sophomore Demry Croft as the backup. Leidner struggled through the last game, against Iowa. Coach Tracy Claeys said the senior didn't show symptoms...
Via AP on Fox
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers QB Leidner ruled out; Rhoda listed as starter

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has ruled out quarterback Mitch Leidner for Saturday's game against Maryland.The depth chart for the week released by the team on Tuesday listed junior Conor Rhoda as the starter and sophomore Demry Croft as the backup."[Rhoda] likes to sling the rock. We'll tape our fingers this week," Gophers receiver Drew Wolitarsky said. "I see a lot of similarities between...
Via AP on Fox
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota lists QB Mitch Leidner as out vs. Maryland

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has ruled out quarterback Mitch Leidner for Saturday's game against Maryland. The depth chart for the week released by the team on Tuesday listed junior Conor Rhoda as the starter and sophomore Demry Croft as the backup. The Gophers have not yet said that Leidner is injured, but the senior struggled through the last game, against Iowa, and was not made...
Via AP on Fox
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Maryland enters Lions' den; Iowa-Minnesota key game in West

Some things to watch in the Big Ten on Saturday: GAME OF THE WEEK Maryland at Penn State. Maryland has built its 4-0 record against the 80th-toughest schedule, according to the NCAA, so a Big Ten road game on homecoming in Happy Valley should provide a better assessment of the Terrapins. The Nittany Lions have won nine of their last 10 at home and are coming off an overtime win...
Via AP on Fox
October 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Authorities will not charge 4 suspended Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Authorities say that four Minnesota football players who have been suspended for the last three weeks will not face any charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault. The Hennepin County Attorney's office released a statement on Monday saying there was insufficient evidence to prove an assault occurred. Cornerbacks KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford, safety Dior...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Minnesota player ejected for dirty hit on Joey Julius

Penn State kicker Joey Julius has become quite famous for laying big hits on opposing return men. As such, it’s not surprising that he is a guy who has a bounty on his head. During Saturday’s game against Minnesota, Julius was the recipient of a late, dirty hit by Jaylen Waters. Close game and emotions are running high between Minnesota & Penn State. https://t.co/nVLWMSUlJr...
Via Sportsnaut
October 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers RB Brooks cleared to return

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has been cleared to return after missing the first two games with a broken foot.Whether Brooks will play Saturday against Colorado State depends on how he fares in practice. Coach Tracy Claeys said Tuesday that if Brooks is sore, the Gophers "won't take a chance on him this week."Brooks led the team in rushing as a freshman last...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks nears return from broken foot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has been cleared to return after missing the first two games with a broken foot. Whether Brooks will play Saturday against Colorado State depends on how he fares in practice. Coach Tracy Claeys said Tuesday that if Brooks is sore, the Gophers ''won't take a chance on him this week.'' Brooks led the team in rushing as a freshman...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Leidner throws 4 touchdowns as Gophers rout Indiana State

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Leidner completed 20 of 30 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as Minnesota rolled to 592 total yards in a 58-28 win over Indiana State. After struggling early in a win against Oregon State, the Gophers (2-0) were looking for a quick start, and they got it. Leidner converted three times on third down on Minnesota's opening drive. Then he...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers reinstate center Lynch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota junior center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team, after his arrest this spring on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct didn't produce charges.The Gophers confirmed Thursday that Lynch has returned from the suspension that was issued after he was jailed briefly following the May 8 incident. The Hennepin County Attorney's office declined to take the...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota reinstates Reggie Lynch to roster

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota junior center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team, after his arrest this spring on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct didn't produce charges. The Gophers confirmed Thursday that Lynch has returned from the suspension that was issued after he was jailed briefly following the May 8 incident. The Hennepin County Attorney's office declined to...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota defender takes out QB with WWE-like clothesline

Minnesota defensive end Tai’yon Devers welcomed us all back to college football in a big way on Thursday night. But unlike the rest of us, Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson wasn’t experiencing the same kind of joy. Of course, that’s likely because Garretson was on the receiving end of a vicious WWE-like clothesline courtesy of Devers. With Devers coming off the right...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Healthy Leidner, Minnesota ready for opener vs. Oregon State

MINNEAPOLIS -- The left foot is fully repaired and rehabilitated after playing through the pain last season, and Mitch Leidner has lost 20 pounds. Minnesota's fifth-year senior quarterback is primed for a strong finish.Bring on the season, and the opener against Oregon State on Thursday night."Definitely want to leave a legacy," Leidner said, adding: "I know the rest of the seniors...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Gophers star Jacobson charged with felony in home sale case

HASTINGS, Minn. -- Former NBA player Sam Jacobson and his wife are charged with felonies in the sale of a Minnesota home five years ago. Jacobson and his wife, Traci Jacobson, each were charged Tuesday with theft by false representation and theft by swindle. They're due in court Oct. 24. The charges stem from the August 2011 short sale of Sam Jacobson's Apple Valley home to Traci...
Via AP on Fox
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers' offensive line looks to improve after 6-7 season

MINNEAPOLIS -- The transition in head coaches at Minnesota from Jerry Kill to Tracy Claeys has been subtle, save for a contrast in personality and size.Claeys had one big target for change, though. The offensive line needed to be restored as a power. "Road graders" was the label he used to describe the type of players desired up front.Jonah Pirsig and the rest of the returners received...
Via AP on Fox
August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks could miss season opener with foot injury

The Minnesota Golden Gophers seem like they have found a new identity with Tracy Claeys now at the helm. However, they could be without their starting running back Shannon Brooks to open the 2016 season. It was reported on Wednesday that Brooks had suffered a foot injury earlier this week. The injury has said to be minor, but it could keep him out anywhere from three to five weeks...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 11, 2016  |  Discuss
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