The Minnesota Daily

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Men and women both look to fill conference meet rosters

May 5, 2006

With the Big Ten Outdoor Championships just a week away, Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson has just one more weekend to set his lineup. Two competitions this weekend - the Meet of the...

Third-degree felony assault charge against Minnesota wrestler Nate Matousek dropped

May 3, 2006

Minnesota wrestler Nate Matousek's third-degree felony assault charge has been dismissed. Matousek, along with Gophers football player Marcel Jones, was charged in connection with an incident at a house...

Minnesota looking to Big Ten meet

May 2, 2006

The Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships now are in full view for Minnesota's men's and women's track and field teams. With two nondescript training events this weekend - the Meet of the Unsaintly...

Potter and Erickson win Drake event titles

May 1, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa - Mitch Potter couldn't be happier, even though he couldn't breathe. Beaming like a proud father, the 25-year-old former Minnesota men's track and field runner was all smiles at the conclusion...

Relay record highlights Drake Relays trip

May 1, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the start gun fired smoke into the rainy sky at Drake Stadium, Minnesota's women's track and field runner Jamie Cheever started off the 4-by-1,600-meter relay by taking the Gophers...

Ruby Radocaj set to perform at ‘other’ relays

April 28, 2006

Ruby Radocaj was one of those kids who grew up to compete in those "other" relays. Growing up in Williamsport, Pa., the javelin thrower for Minnesota's women's track and field team was raised with the...

Six in sixth leads to a Gophers win

April 27, 2006

The last time Minnesota's baseball team met South Dakota State it was a 16-11 slugfest. After Jackrabbits leadoff hitter Jake Rogers jacked a Marcus McKenzie pitch over the left field wall in the first...

Gophers go 0-for-4 in first home weekend

April 24, 2006

The road trip ended, but the losing streak continued for Minnesota's softball team. After starting the season with 37-straight road games, the Gophers (12-29, 1-15 Big Ten) were swept by Illinois and Northwestern...

Brown sets school record in steeplechase

April 24, 2006

It was a record-breaking Saturday in the steeplechase for Emily Brown. Again. After breaking Minnesota's women's track and field school steeplechase record four times last season, Brown broke her own record...

After year away from circle, Erickson back in the swing

April 21, 2006

Karl Erickson isn't letting anything stand in the way of winning a Big Ten title. Not even a patch of ice. Erickson, a senior on Minnesota's men's track and field team, redshirted both the indoor and outdoor...

Contest at Midway suspended in top of the second because of rain

April 19, 2006

Minnesota's baseball team didn't waste any time getting a jump on St. Thomas on Tuesday night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. The Gophers (18-14, 6-6 Big Ten) scored four runs in the bottom of the first...

A trio of throws takes top two at Kroughs

April 17, 2006

Three throwers on Minnesota's women's track and field team grabbed the top two places in three events at the Lee Krough Invitational on Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. That might make...

One-sport life begins today for Podominick

April 14, 2006

Even Deion Sanders eventually had to pick just one. The life of a dual-sport athlete is a tough one, balancing practice, training, travel and games - times two. It's a life that Minnesota women's track...

Buzard, after MRI indicates tendonitis in foot, will return for the season

April 12, 2006

The same foot that carried Aaron Buzard to a fourth-place finish in the 400-meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 11 is now well enough for him to compete again. The junior runner on Minnesota...

Coach David Geatz to resign at the end of spring tennis season

April 11, 2006

Minnesota men's tennis coach David Geatz will resign at the end of the season, athletics director Joel Maturi announced Monday. Geatz is in his 18th season as the Gophers coach. Minnesota is 11-9 this...

Cotolupenco hones skills in circle

April 11, 2006

As a little girl growing up in the Soviet Union, Nina Cotolupenco's options were limited. Without much of a choice of toys, Cotolupenco and her friends would create games for themselves, like drawing circles...

Qualifying highlights women’s events

April 10, 2006

For Heather Dorniden, an 800-meter run is like a walk in the park. Fresh off winning the NCAA Indoor title in the 800 meters, Dorniden turned around and broke a school record older than she is Saturday...

Gophers seek to meet even when not at the same one

April 4, 2006

It's interesting that a track and field competition is called a meet. In the case of Minnesota's men's track and field team, the team is doing anything but that this season. Every week of the outdoor season,...

NCAA qualifying throws lead Gophers

April 3, 2006

Hammer throws led the way for Minnesota's men's and women's track and field teams this weekend. In his first hammer throw of the season, Adam Schnaible won the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday...

Men go to Louisiana for meet

March 31, 2006

It's time for Minnesota's men's track and field team to take its outdoor season outdoors. With neither the Minnesota weather nor the indoor facilities conducive to great practice for outdoor events like...

Born on the same date, senior jumpers share similar successes

March 30, 2006

Aug. 22, 1982, was a good day for Minnesota men's track and field coach Phil Lundin. That was the day John Albert and Kevin Netzer were born. And later, they'd both win a pair of Big Ten high-jump titles...

Men nearly beat Ohio State, fall to 1-1 in Big Ten action

March 27, 2006

Minnesota's men's tennis team came just short of upsetting No. 7 Ohio State on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. After getting swept in all three doubles matches, the Gophers battled back and nearly won enough...

Future looks bright for women’s tennis with return of Anderson

March 24, 2006

Minnesota's women's tennis team has had a tough go of things all season. The Gophers (3-10, 0-1 Big Ten) have suffered through a difficult season with three of their top eight players injured, including...

Nate Matousek, two other wrestlers charged with crimes, Matousek possibly to have felony charge dropped

March 24, 2006

More legal problems have befallen Minnesota's wrestling team, while one appears to have been lifted. Wrestler Nate Matousek and football player Marcel Jones were charged with third-degree felony assault...

Wrestlers take 2nd at NCAAs

March 20, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY - As if it would have ended any other way. In the most anticipated match of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Minnesota heavyweight Cole Konrad beat two-time defending champ Steve Mocco of...

Konrad and Schlatter take different paths, produce same results to lead

March 20, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY - Although four years older and almost twice his weight, Minnesota heavyweight wrestler Cole Konrad shares a special bond with 149-pound freshman Dustin Schlatter. They're both national champions. And...

Dretsch kick-starts Sunday title run

March 6, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Gabe Dretsch didn't win a Big Ten wrestling championship. He didn't even win a match in the championship bracket. But Cole Konrad won his second-straight heavyweight title. And Roger...

Gophers win conference title

March 6, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Joe Russell compared Sunday's 149 and 157 pound Big Ten championship matches to "Romeo and Juliet." Only Dustin and C.P. Schlatter didn't fall in...

Wrestling Weight Classes Preview

March 3, 2006

Minnesota's wrestling team (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten) cruised through the regular season, winning its first 19 duals before falling 19-15 at Michigan on Feb. 17. The top-ranked Gophers' loss enabled the previously...

Football player pleads not guilty to assault, awaits trial

March 2, 2006

Minnesota football player Marcel Jones pleaded not guilty to third-degree felony assault charges Wednesday in Hennepin County Criminal Court. His trial is set for May 30. Jones, along with wrestler Nate...

Pair of brothers fills a pair of holes in the Gophers’ lineup

March 1, 2006

Minnesota's wrestling team has had a different look this season. And all it took was a couple of guys with the same last name. Last year's disappointing season (9-9, 3-5 Big Ten) behind them, the top-ranked...

Women will rest runners at Big Ten Indoor meet this weekend in Madison

February 24, 2006

It's the Big Ten Championship meet, but Minnesota's women's track and field team is taking it easy. The 21st-ranked Gophers have a legitimate shot at the Big Ten Indoor Championship title ' maybe their...

Lang looking to end slump before championships

February 21, 2006

Minnesotaís wrestling team responded from its first loss of the season Friday night at Michigan with a dominating show of strength Sunday at Michigan State, winning nine of 10 matches and routing the...

First season loss comes at Michigan

February 20, 2006

For once, they actually lost. Michigan ended Minnesotaís wrestling teamís dreams of an unbeaten dual meet season with a 19-15 upset win Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sometimes, when a team is rolling,...

Kish beginning to realize huge hype

February 17, 2006

Roger Kish left the state of Michigan in 2003 as the greatest high school wrestler to ever call the state home. At LaPeer West High School in LaPeer, Mich., Kish was a two-time national champion, four-time...

Domingues taking some time off after losing out in 125 competition

February 15, 2006

After losing the starting job at 125 pounds to redshirt freshman Travis Lang, junior Andrew Domingues has left Minnesotaís wrestling team. ìHeís just taking some time off right now," coach J Robinson...

Konrad provides winning margin

February 13, 2006

The best ones usually do come down to the wire. It did the first time around, when Minnesota heavyweight wrestler Cole Konrad's pin of Oklahoma State's Steve Mocco broke a 15-14 score and gave Minnesota...

Big individual matchups highlight big dual

February 10, 2006

You've heard the terms before. Whenever a great matchup takes place in sports, one is nearly guaranteed to hear it referred to as a "clash of the titans," or perhaps an "epic battle," or possibly even...

Home stretch the toughest stretch

February 7, 2006

Now the easy part's over. After back-to-back weekends in which coach J Robinson said his team could afford to take it easy, Minnesota's wrestling team hits a tough stretch run starting this weekend. The...

Gophers remain unbeaten with pair of dual meet wins

February 6, 2006

At least Indiana made it interesting. The Hoosiers wrestling team won three of four matches in the middle of Sunday's match with Minnesota to tie the score 13-13. Then came the major decision and technical...

Gophers look to keep momentum rolling in final home meets

February 3, 2006

At 16-0, Minnesota is off to its best start since going 19-0 in duals in 2001-2002. It's been much longer since Minnesota's Sunday opponent, Indiana, has beaten the Gophers in Minneapolis. In fact, the...

Nineteen member recruiting class signed

February 2, 2006

Minnesota's football team announced Wednesday that 19 players signed national letters of intent to play for the Gophers next season. The class is ranked 62nd nationally and ninth in the Big Ten by Rivals.com....

Nagel looking to end career how it started: As a champion

February 1, 2006

Matt Nagel remembers the sights, the sounds, the smell and the sweat. He remembers the cheers, the boos and the fact that both were drowned out amid the thrill and the joy of Minnesota's wrestling team...

Pair of pins leads to a pair of dual wins over Buckeyes and Lions

January 30, 2006

The past two weekends, Minnesota's wrestling team relied on several big upsets at key weight classes to overcome Oklahoma State and Iowa. Those upsets didn't happen this weekend. But this time, that was...

Football player and wrestler charged with felony assault

January 30, 2006

Gophers football player Marcel Jones and wrestler Nate Matousek have been suspended indefinitely from "all athletic-related activity," after allegations that they assaulted a 20-year-old man on Dec. 9...

Mason finally inks new contract

January 27, 2006

The ink is finally on the page. After a long negotiation period in which Minnesota football coach Glen Mason waited until the 11th hour to agree to the key terms of a contract extension " then waited even...

Friday against Ohio State overshadowed by Penn State

January 27, 2006

Sometimes, a 13 point margin of victory just isn't good enough. That's Minnesota wrestler Roger Kish's point of view. And why should it be, when Kish and his Gophers teammates know they could wrestle even...

Schlatter breaking tradition at 149

January 25, 2006

For the first time in three weeks, Minnesota wrestler Dustin Schlatter is hoping the nation's top-ranked 149-pound wrestler doesn't lose. The past two weekends, Schlatter has faced the task of knocking...

Middleweights key Minnesota win over Iowa

January 23, 2006

Iowa was supposed to get nine points out of Alex Tsirtsis, Ty Eustice and Joe Johnston. Instead, it got only nine points in the entire dual. Though outranked in back-to-back-to-back matches at 141, 149...

Newly top-ranked Gophers to open conference season at home this weekend

January 20, 2006

After beating then-No. 1 Oklahoma State last weekend to win National Duals, Minnesota's wrestling team (12-0) is ready for a change in its level of competition, coach J Robinson said. It gets tougher. The...

Despite price increase, no glitzy show for Iowa dual

January 19, 2006

Minnesota's wrestling team has a complaint with the University's athletics department: changing the rules in the middle of the game. Tickets for the important showdown between the top-ranked Gophers (12-0)...

Konrad pin of Mocco seals National Duals

January 17, 2006

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa " There was a wrestling meet going on, and a pretty good one too. No. 2 Minnesota was locked up in a tight struggle with No. 1 Oklahoma State for the National Duals championship, and...

Jazzy start gives way to late blues

January 17, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. " Perhaps Bryan Cupito had never played better. Minnesota's quarterback was 18-of-28 for 263 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl. He threw three of those...

Grapplers chasing dual perfection

December 13, 2005

There's no No. 18 on this team. They don't even have numbers. But the Indianapolis Colts aren't the only team shooting for 19-0. Minnesota's wrestling team (7-0) is more than one-third of the way to equaling...

Gophers rounding into early top form

December 13, 2005

Last season, Minnesota's wrestling team was rife with youth, and in a near-constant state of injury. The Gophers still managed to pull things together at the end of the season, finishing in second at the...

Minnesota wrestles against Iowa State and Nebraska this weekend.

December 9, 2005

Minnesota's wrestling team is off to its best start since winning the national title with a perfect dual record of 19-0 in 2001-2002. The fifth-ranked Gophers (5-0) are a quarter of the way there. But...

Kuhlman’s weight gain could mean gain for Gophers at 197

December 7, 2005

Mitch Kuhlman is an avid hunter. The Minnesota wrestler has taken down his fair share of big game in his day, including bears. Perhaps that's fitting. Because Kuhlman's situation wrestling at 197 pounds...

Minnesota wins dual meet at Northern Iowa, improve to 5-0 on year

December 5, 2005

Minnesota's wrestling team went to Northern Iowa on Friday expecting to put a "thumping" on the Panthers, 165-pounder Matt Nagel said. No. 4 Nagel had to eat his words when 11th-ranked Nick Baima upset...

Fifth-ranked Gophers looking to “put a thumping’ on Panthers

December 2, 2005

Minnesota's wrestling team needed 184-pounder Roger Kish to pin Alex Dolly in the last match of the meet, or the then-eighth-ranked Gophers would have lost to then-No. 17 Northern Iowa in Rochester last...

Seasoning, health helping Gophers to early dual success

November 30, 2005

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson said he's "not so sure" his team is off to a better start than last season. But after a 4-0 start in dual meets, the fifth-ranked Gophers have shown a marked difference...

After two big wins team takes to New York for four duals

November 23, 2005

Two members of Minnesota's wrestling team pulled off big upsets against the nation's best Monday night when Oklahoma State's heavyweight Steve Mocco and 165-pounder Johnny Hendricks fell at the hands of...

Konrad and Nagel pull upsets in Oklahoma

November 22, 2005

With a quick move, Minnesota heavyweight Cole Konrad finished off Oklahoma State's Steve Mocco and sealed off the evening with a two-point reversal. How symbolic. No. 2 Konrad's 4-1 win over No. 1 Mocco...

Bowl chances hurt by huge road loss

November 21, 2005

Iowa's 52-28 pasting of Minnesota's football team certainly hurt emotionally. But it also hurt Minnesota's bowl aspirations immensely. Now with Penn State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big...

Iowa posts two 100-yard rushers in blowout victory

November 21, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa " There are days when Minnesota's football team could seemingly line up Barbra Streisand in the backfield and run all over an opponent. Three times this season, the Gophers had two runners...

A mere opportunity proves big for Pinnix

November 17, 2005

It's entirely possible this week's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week might not even see the field Saturday. And it's not because Minnesota running back Amir Pinnix is injured. Rather, it was injuries...

Minnesota receives verbal from receiver

November 16, 2005

Minnesota's football team has received a verbal commitment from Wausau, Wis., wide receiver Ben Fischer. Fischer gave his verbal commitment to the Gophers on Sunday, but those close to him aren't exactly...

Still a plethora of bowl chances

November 15, 2005

Linebacker Kyle McKenzie can look forward to Thanksgiving. After its 23-20 win Oct. 8 at Michigan and Saturday's 41-18 win over Michigan State, the only Michigan native on Minnesota's football team can...

Pinnix leads big Gophers victory

November 14, 2005

Laurence Maroney never saw the field. Gary Russell didn't even see half of it. Before the end of Minnesota's football team's previous game at Indiana, Amir Pinnix hadn't seen the field in five games. But...

Offenses expected to produce at Dome

November 11, 2005

The "definition of a dual-threat quarterback" will meet the team with the dual-threat running game Saturday. Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and ran for...

Minnesota’s football team receives a verbal commit

November 10, 2005

Minnesota's football team has received a verbal commitment from Shaker Heights, Ohio, offensive lineman Dominic Alford. Alford committed to the Gophers on Oct. 28 after a visit from Minnesota offensive...

Mason addresses Giannini’s recent woes

November 9, 2005

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said he'll be making some changes in kicker Jason Giannini's practice routine this week after the freshman missed a field goal and two extra points in Minnesota's 42-21...

Cupito again showcased in Minnesota victory

November 7, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Minnesota quarterback Bryan Cupito had another solid game for Minnesota. A week after passing for 396 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions against a stingy Ohio State defense,...

Without Ellerson, others step up

November 7, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Minnesota wide receiver Jared Ellerson came off the field Oct. 29 against Ohio State having played a career game - five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Just a few days later...

Jones tallying hits in pinch role at safety

November 3, 2005

Minnesota defensive back Dominic Jones wants people to look up to him. But that's awfully tough when he spends all week looking up at everyone else. Five-foot-8-inch wide receiver Jakari Wallace is the...

Gophers receive verbal from Missouri defensive lineman

November 1, 2005

Minnesota's football team landed a verbal commitment from defensive end Willie Dyson after the Kirkwood, Mo., native met with Gophers' coach Glen Mason on Sunday morning. Willie Dyson made his official...

Still one win from bowl eligibility

November 1, 2005

This is the fourth Tuesday in a row Minnesota's football team has looked ahead to its next game with the chance to become bowl-eligible. After beating Michigan 23-20 Oct. 8 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moving...

Special teams sink Minnesota

October 31, 2005

You've heard the phrase "touch 'em all." That's what Ohio State kicker Josh Huston did. Ted Ginn Jr. hit the home run. Huston booted all eight of his kickoffs into the back of Minnesota's end zone for...

Home course advantage yields a pair of third places

October 31, 2005

Ladia Albertson-Junkans had to be carried into the medical tent. Danielle Ashford cried. They wrapped their arms around the mud-splashed bodies of their teammates as big smiles stretched across their faces. After...

Ohio natives to play against home school

October 28, 2005

When Minnesota's football team (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) plays host to No. 12 Ohio State (5-2, 3-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Metrodome, many predictable things will happen. An Ohio native will hand the ball...

Cupito, Sherels expected back Saturday

October 26, 2005

With its first bye week in three seasons, Minnesota's football team used the time off to heal some physical and emotional wounds. After missing the heartbreaking Wisconsin game on Oct. 15 with a shoulder...

Kucek, Gophers try to forgive and forget punter’s faux pas

October 20, 2005

Believe it or not, Justin Kucek still has friends. The freshman punter for Minnesota's football team dropped the snap and kicked the ball into the forearms of Wisconsin's Jonathan Casillas, allowing the...

Saturday’s collapse nothing new

October 18, 2005

There is no denying that what happened Saturday at the Metrodome was shocking. It seems almost inconceivable that a game so surely in Minnesota's football team's hands could slip away so quickly. After...

Mortensen inconsistent in first collegiate start

October 17, 2005

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason elected to start backup Tony Mortensen over Bryan Cupito, who had an injured shoulder and suffered a concussion after getting knocked out of the fourth quarter in Minnesota's...

Gophers drop the ball late

October 17, 2005

The best explanation Minnesota football coach Glen Mason could muster up for Saturday's fiasco was "bizarre." Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez called it "crazy." Gophers running back Laurence Maroney said...

Gophers face battered Badgers at Dome

October 14, 2005

Minnesota football fans are sure to remember (and try to forget) the Gophers' 44-14 loss Oct. 1 at Penn State. As bad a performance as that was for Minnesota's defense, just imagine giving up 41 points...

Flag-planting incidents draw ire of Big Ten office

October 13, 2005

Followed by several players, Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney stormed onto the field after upsetting then-No. 21 Michigan 23-20 Saturday and attempted to plant the Minnesota flag in the center of...

Battered Gophers could rely on backups

October 12, 2005

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said he's still unsure of the status of "a couple guys" for Saturday's game against Wisconsin. Safeties Brandon Owens and Terrance Campbell, linebacker Mike Sherels...

Pass rush helps dislodge the Jug

October 10, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It was no surprise to see Minnesota's football team have potency in its backfield. It was a surprise to see it have success in Michigan's. After allowing Penn State to dominate the line...

Michigan native still seeking first win against Wolverines

October 6, 2005

After starting 6-0 and 5-0, Minnesota's football team has seen undefeated seasons and high expectations slip away at the hands of Michigan both of the past two seasons. While certainly crushing to everyone...

Loss still looks bad after two days

October 4, 2005

It was supposed to last at least another week. Minnesota's football team's game this Saturday at Michigan has been where the team has been tripped up in years past. Last year, the Wolverines ruined the...

Stout Penn State defense stifles vaunted Minnesota attack

October 3, 2005

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - Minnesota's football team came into Saturday's game at Penn State ranked first in the country in rushing at 326.5 yards per game. But in the 44-14 loss to the Nittany Lions (5-0,...

Fall from atop Mt. Nittany

October 3, 2005

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - It wasn't as if Minnesota's football team didn't try to give him the ball. Gophers running back Laurence Maroney returned the opening kickoff, carried the ball twice and caught a...

Maroney Madness

September 30, 2005

Daily: In Saturday's 42-35 double-overtime win against Purdue, you carried the ball 46 times for 217 yards and caught five passes for 59 yards. Do you feel capable of carrying that big of a load week in...

Big game after big win

September 30, 2005

You've probably heard this before: In 1999, an unranked Minnesota football team upset an undefeated, second-ranked Penn State team 24-23 on the road with a late field goal. "They had like five first round...

Shake-up in the national rankings for the Big Ten

September 28, 2005

When the preseason AP Top 25 poll was released, four Big Ten teams were ranked in the top 15 - No. 4 Michigan, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 11 Iowa and No. 15 Purdue. Now there are five Big Ten teams in the Top...

Cupito clutch in fourth, OT

September 26, 2005

With Minnesota's football team trailing 21-20 to Purdue late in the fourth quarter, the Gophers needed a big play from quarterback Bryan Cupito. And on a crucial third-and-eight from his own 22, Cupito...

A real Payne to Gophers’ opponents

September 22, 2005

Over the past two games, Minnesota kicker Jason Gianinni has missed five extra points. Joel Monroe made a couple kicks in the first two games, and then there's always Phil Burns waiting in the wings. But...

Battle of strengths key Saturday

September 20, 2005

Anyone who has been paying even remote attention to Minnesota's football team the past three weeks has noticed the way it has been able to run all over its nonconference opponents with ease. After those...

Gophers bulldoze Florida Atlantic

September 19, 2005

The line on Minnesota's football team's game against Florida Atlantic Saturday night at the Metrodome favored Minnesota by 31.5 points. With 4:10 left in the second quarter, the Gophers were already there. Minnesota...

Backup Russell tops century mark

September 19, 2005

Few of the announced 40,709 who watched Minnesota's football team take a 40-0 halftime lead over Florida Atlantic Saturday at the Metrodome were still around to see backup Gophers running back Gary Russell...