Decker reemerges in Gophers loss

One of the few bright spots in MinnesotaâÄôs Insight Bowl defeat was the resurgence of junior wide receiver Eric Decker. Hobbled late in the season with an ankle injury, DeckerâÄôs remarkable early season production dropped off sharply, including a complete absence from the GophersâÄô contest at Wisconsin. But a month to rest and recuperate and minor arthroscopic knee surgery was apparently enough for Decker to return to form. And he made his presence known quickly. On MinnesotaâÄôs first play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Adam Weber pitched the ball to junior quarterback David Pittman, who was lined up at wide receiver on the play. Pittman dropped back and found Decker on the sideline for a 75-yard gain. Decker snagged eight catches on the day for 149 yards and a touchdown, which put him in elite company at Minnesota âÄî in several ways. The performance brought his total receiving yards on the year to 1,074, making Decker the fourth man in Gophers history to crack the 1,000 yard mark. In addition, he set Minnesota bowl records for receptions and receiving yards. DonâÄôt blink Anyone that tuned in just a little late to the Insight Bowl missed quite a bit. After the opening kickoff bounded out of bounds âÄî meaning no time ticked off the clock âÄî Kansas started its first drive from the 40-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe slipped behind the secondary and quarterback Todd Reesing found him for a 60-yard touchdown. The play took only 11 seconds, and the Jayhawks struck for the fastest score in Insight Bowl history.