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Mental toughness propels Minnesota to historic win at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ask Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and he'll tell you the biggest game yet in Minnesota's steady ascent wasn't won when he tore the ball out of Nebraska wideout De'Mornay Pierson-El's hands, and the heart out of an entire state of college football fanatics Saturday afternoon. It wasn't won when the Golden Gophers lost the FBS' No. 7 rusher to injury and rode two battering...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers top Middle Tennessee, 35-24

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Cobb had 29 carries for two touchdowns and a career-high 220 yards, the most for the program in nine years, and Minnesota outlasted Middle Tennessee for a 35-24 victory on Saturday. Donnell Kirkwood also had a first-quarter touchdown run for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who rushed for 284 yards. Reggie Whatley scored twice for the Blue Raiders (1-1) while rushing...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers top Middle Tennessee, 35-24

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Cobb had 29 carries for two touchdowns and a career-high 220 yards, the most for the program in nine years, and Minnesota outlasted Middle Tennessee for a 35-24 victory on Saturday. Donnell Kirkwood also had a first-quarter touchdown run for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who rushed for 284 yards. Reggie Whatley scored twice for the Blue Raiders (1-1) while rushing...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cobb carries Minnesota past Middle Tennessee 35-24

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Cobb had 29 carries for two touchdowns and a career-high 220 yards, the most for the program in nine years, and Minnesota outlasted Middle Tennessee for a 35-24 victory on Saturday. Donnell Kirkwood also had a first-quarter touchdown run for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who rushed for 284 yards. Reggie Whatley scored twice for the Blue Raiders (1-1) while rushing...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Team-first Cobb has worked hard to become Gophers' top RB

MINNEAPOLIS -- After rushing for 1,202 yards as a junior last season, Gophers running back David Cobb is expected to once again bear the brunt of the carries for Minnesota's rushing attack this season. With that in mind, Cobb was asked after a recent fall practice if he had set any individual goals for himself for 2014. Without hesitation, he gave a simple answer. "Twelve wins,"...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kill, Gophers aim to take step forward in 2014

CHICAGO -- Everywhere Jerry Kill has worked as a head coach, he's left the program better than when he arrived: Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois. Generally speaking, the wins increased year over year, and expectations changed from being simply respectable to becoming something special. The year over year change has been no different in Kill...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Badgers foe: Minnesota

  This is the 12th in a 12-week Friday series looking at the Wisconsin football team's 2014 opponents. Minnesota's football program is on the rise in coach Jerry Kill's fourth season with the team. The question as it pertains to Wisconsin, however, is this: Are the Gophers good enough to challenge for Paul Bunyan's Axe, or is the gap between the two programs still too wide? Minnesota...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Running backs

  This is the second in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Running backs Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starter: David Cobb (senior) Key backups: Donnell Kirkwood (redshirt senior), Rodrick Williams Jr. (junior), Berkley Edwards (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: At the beginning of fall camp last...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: A look at the career of Ra’Shede Hageman

The Gophers haven’t had too many players make an impact on defense like linebacker Ra’Shede Hagman has in the past decade. Hageman was not a recruit to brag about when he signed his LOI with the Gophers in 2010 but his development was quite impressive. Scouts ranted and raved about Hageman’s size. At 6’6 311 pounds, Hageman had an NFL ready body coming into Minnesota but...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cobb leads talented Gophers rushing corps at outset of spring drills

MINNEAPOLIS -- At this point a year ago, David Cobb was clueless. The Gophers running back had no idea he was on the verge of landing a starting job, not the slightest inkling he'd wind up becoming the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards and morph into one of the Big Ten's top tailbacks. No, last spring, Cobb was just wondering when -- and if...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

High-profile Gophers recruit Jones hopes to follow in Hageman's footsteps

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Jones may be a running back, but the Minneapolis Washburn standout sees the recruiting process through the eyes of a quarterback. Just like a quarterback leading his wide receiver and throwing to a spot ahead of his target, it's not so much where a program is currently at when the commitment to a school is made. It's where that program will be in the future. For...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football: Next week’s finale is crucial

The Badgers beat the Gophers 20-7 for the tenth year in a row to keep control of Paul Bunyan’s ax on Saturday. The bitter cold weather could be somewhat to blame, but missed opportunities is what ultimately killed the Gophers. Minnesota needs to reverse these mistakes at Michigan State in the regular season finale to keep their dreams of playing in a New Year’s Day bowl alive...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota's run defense surprisingly stout versus potent Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's defense knew what Wisconsin wanted to do on Saturday: run the ball, and run it often. It's a recipe the Badgers have followed for years, and they haven't changed it under first-year head coach Gary Andersen. Sure enough, Wisconsin came out with a run-heavy offensive game plan, rushing 45 times. Yet Minnesota's defense held its own against one of nation...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota's run defense surprisingly stout versus potent Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's defense knew what Wisconsin wanted to do on Saturday: run the ball, and run it often. It's a recipe the Badgers have followed for years, and they haven't changed it under first-year head coach Gary Andersen. Sure enough, Wisconsin came out with a run-heavy offensive game plan, rushing 45 times. Yet Minnesota's defense held its own against one of nation...
Via Fox Sports North
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Football: Revisiting the NCAA’s oldest rivalry

For the first time in several years, the Wisconsin-Minnesota football game will be a highly anticipated matchup. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will take place Saturday in Minneapolis at 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN. In recent seasons, Wisconsin has dominated Minnesota in the annual meeting of college football’s oldest rivalry. The Badgers have won nine in a row in...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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