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Gophers players celebrate their victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers claim Outback Bowl victory over Auburn

January 1, 2020

Looking to end their best season since 1904 on a high note, the No. 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers traveled to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and fought hard for a 31-24 win over the No. 12 Auburn...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium.

The last time the Gophers were in a New Year’s Day bowl game

December 12, 2019

For the second time in five years, the Gophers are in a New Year's Day bowl game.  Minnesota has never faced Auburn in history, so the Minnesota Daily rewound the clock to Jan. 1, 2015, when the Gophers...

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman scores a touchdown on the first drive of the Gopher game at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 30.

Daily Breakdown: Minnesota vs. Auburn

December 12, 2019

The Gophers are going to Tampa Bay, Florida to play in the Outback Bowl against the Auburn Tigers on New Year's Day. The No. 18 Gophers are coming off one of their best seasons in over 100 years, finishing...

The Gophers make their entrance onto the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Minnesota to take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl

December 8, 2019

Coming off of one of their best regular seasons in over 100 years, the Gophers finally know their bowl destination.  No. 18 Minnesota will head to Tampa Bay, Florida to take on the No. 12 Auburn Tigers...

Wide receiver Seth Green hypes the team up before the start of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30.

After disappointing loss, Gophers await bowl game announcement

December 5, 2019

While the Gophers are focused on their upcoming bowl game, which will be announced on Sunday, there has been much talk about how Minnesota's best regular season in decades ended with a loss against Wisconsin. Over...

Wisconsin scores a touchdown late in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 30.

Gophers get conservative on the biggest stage, Axe themselves out of game

December 1, 2019

Big-time moments call for big-time play calls. Head coach P.J. Fleck admitted he didn't make them. "I apologize to our fans for not being able to get it done, because it falls on my shoulders," he said....

Quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40 to 17 to bring their record to 5-0.

The key to Gophers‘ success, Tanner Morgan stepping up as leader

November 30, 2019

After winning their 10th game of the year, the Gophers football team is having their best regular season since 1904. After last week's win against Northwestern, star wide receiver sophomore Rashod Bateman...

Gophers making waves in historic season

November 25, 2019

Win, or go home and wait to be placed in a bowl game. That's what's at stake for the Gophers as they return home to face their No. 13 Big Ten West rival Wisconsin Badgers. Minnesota comes into the game...

Questions from the other side: Wisconsin

November 25, 2019

The Minnesota Daily interviewed Colten Bartholomew, a sports reporter who covers the Badgers for the Wisconsin State Journal.  1) Minnesota took the Axe back for the first time in 15 years last year....

Running back Shannon Brooks carries the ball into the end zone at Ryan Field during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers earned a 38-22 victory bringing their record to 10-1.

Gophers take care of business against Northwestern

November 23, 2019

After their first loss of the season to Iowa last week, Minnesota silenced critics who questioned their ability to bounce back as they recovered with a strong win on the road Saturday against the Northwestern...

Defensive back Coney Durr chases after a receiver at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday Nov. 16. Iowa defeated the Gophers 23-19 ending their winning streak and bringing their record to 9-1.

At 9-1, Gophers football still control their destiny

November 21, 2019

The Gophers know that they need to take care of business. If they win the final two regular season games, the Big Ten Championship awaits. A win there and the possibility of a College Football Playoff...

Defensive back Coney Durr chases after a receiver at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday Nov. 16. Iowa defeated the Gophers 23-19 ending their winning streak and bringing their record to 9-1.

Gophers defense’s early struggles lead to loss against Iowa

November 17, 2019

After beating Penn State at home last week, the Minnesota Gophers looked like a shell of themselves at the start of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.  “This game hit us in the...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck prepares to run onto the field with the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Gophers defeated Maryland 52-10 bringing their record to 8-0.

To fuel 9-0 start, Gophers treat every game like a championship

November 14, 2019

In college football, upsets happen every week.  When teams look past opponents who might be near the bottom of their division and look ahead to tougher opponents they’ll face in the coming weeks,...

Fans rush the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9 following the Gophers 31-26 win over Penn State. The win brings their record to 9-0. A first since 1940.

Minnesota wins the biggest game in TCF Bank Stadium history, upsetting No.5 Penn State

November 9, 2019

Answering to a sold-out crowd of 51,883 at TCF Bank Stadium, the undefeated Gophers gave fans a game to remember: upsetting then undefeated No.5 Penn State University, reclaiming the Governor's Victory...

The Gophers run on to the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Shunned by College Gameday, Gophers focused on task at hand

November 7, 2019

Everything was set, and the Gophers were primed to make their first appearance in school history on ESPN’s College GameDay. Head coach P.J. Fleck made his newsworthy pitch after the win over Maryland...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck prepares to run onto the field with the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Gophers defeated Maryland 52-10 bringing their record to 8-0.

Fleck signs seven-year extension to remain with the Gophers

November 5, 2019

Ahead of its meeting with No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, the University of Minnesota announced a contract extension with football head coach P.J. Fleck, pending Board of Regents approval. The University...

Minnesota vs. Penn State: Daily Breakdown

November 4, 2019

When the Gophers and the Nittany Lions take the field on Saturday, it will be arguably the biggest game in TCF Bank Stadium history. The Gophers are 8-0 coming off a 52-10 drubbing of Maryland, a game...

The last time the Gophers faced Penn State

October 31, 2019

It has been three years since Minnesota last faced Penn State on the gridiron. Entering the game, the Gophers held a 3-0 record, while the Nittany Lions sat at 2-2. That game took place on Oct. 1, 2016...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40 to 17 to bring their record to 5-0.

8-0 for the first time since 1941, how did the Gophers get here?

October 31, 2019

As the band Queen sings in their well-known song "Bohemian Rhapsody," “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”  Gophers fans, this is no fantasy — this is real life. October is coming...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck prepares to run onto the field with the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Gophers defeated Maryland 52-10 bringing their record to 8-0.

Gophers defense continues to thrive under Joe Rossi as they take down Maryland

October 27, 2019

Another game, another terrific showing by the Gophers defense.  Minnesota's defense came into the game having only allowed 17 points in the last three games and Saturday's game against Maryland would...

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

The key behind the Gophers’ offense

October 24, 2019

It doesn’t matter who Minnesota is playing this season — their offense has put up points. Some games it takes longer for the offense to get going than others, but have no doubt about it, Minnesota...

Questions from the other side: Maryland

October 22, 2019

Before every home game, The Minnesota Daily chats with a reporter who covers the opponent. This week, the Daily interviewed Andy Kostka from The Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of...

Minnesota firing on all cylinders as they prepare for Maryland

October 21, 2019

The Gophers are playing some of their best football in recent memory, and the program is riding high after getting off to a 7-0 (4-0 in conference) record to start the season. Last week, the Gophers dominated...

Running back Rodney Smith celebrates a successful play at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Gophers earned a 38-31 victory over Purdue.

Gophers remain undefeated in one-sided matchup against Rutgers

October 20, 2019

In a sloppy performance, Rutgers gave the Gophers' offense every opportunity to capitalize off of its mistakes.  With sixth ranked Wisconsin losing to lowly Illinois right before the game, the Gophers...

Linebackers Jonathan Celestin, Kamal Martin and Thomas Barber run into formation on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated Illinois 24-17 during the homecoming game.

With Kamal Martin in the fold, Minnesota’s defense is thriving

October 17, 2019

Injuries and a suspension knocked Kamal Martin out of last year's bowl game and trickled over through this year's season opener against South Dakota State. However, when the senior linebacker has been...

Running back Shannon Brooks carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Gophers rushing attack secures win against Nebraska

October 13, 2019

The Gophers found the weak point of the Nebraska defense on Saturday night, and they never stopped attacking it as they took down the Cornhuskers 34-7.  After averaging 6.4 yards per carry on 52 rushes...

Running back Shannon Brooks carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40-17 bringing their record to 5-0. 

Overcoming adversity, Shannon Brooks returns to the gridiron

October 10, 2019

"Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the thing you once thought you couldn’t." Those words are a part of a sleeve tattoo on Gophers running back Shannon Brooks’ right...

Daily Breakdown: Gophers vs. Nebraska

October 7, 2019

Off to a 5-0 start for the first time in 15 years, the Gophers look to reverse the fortune of last year's game against Nebraska when they lost 53-28 in Lincoln. The Gophers face a Cornhusker team that...

The last time Nebraska and Minnesota met…

October 7, 2019

Final: 53-28 Nebraska over Minnesota The last time these two teams met, Nebraska dominated from the get-go, giving Scott Frost his first win as the head coach of the Cornhuskers.  This was also the...

Defensive backs Kiondre Thomas and Jordan Howden hold up their fists at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40 to 17 to bring their record to 5-0.

Gopher’s defense shows up in a big way in win over Illinois

October 6, 2019

This isn't the Gophers defense that Illinois pushed around last year.  While the offense had their ups and downs, Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi and his defense shined, holding the Illinois...

Running back Rodney Smith carries the ball at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Gophers earned a 38-31 victory over Purdue.

Rodney Smith returning to form following injury

October 3, 2019

It feels like Rodney Smith has been a Gopher forever.  The now sixth-year senior running back began his Gopher career in 2014, where he used a redshirt his first season under head coach Jerry Kill....

Football preview: Quick Hitters

October 2, 2019

The Gophers dominated in their first game of Big Ten conference play. The Gophers went into West Lafayette well prepared and took the steam out of the Boilermakers with a score of 38-31. It was a career...

Questions from the other side

October 1, 2019

To preview the upcoming game game against Illinois, we interviewed Miles Powers-Huang, staff writer from The Daily Illini, to get an inside look at the Illini.  Illinois is 2-2 so far on the year...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14.  The Gophers defeated Georgia Southern 35-32.

Tanner Morgan’s career day takes the steam out of the Boilermakers

September 29, 2019

Gopher fans have waited many years to see quarterback play like they saw against Purdue on Saturday. Quarterback Tanner Morgan played a game most fans will never forget. He broke a Big Ten record and shattered...

Defensive back Jordan Howden makes a tackle at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Gopher run defense to see heightened competition in Big Ten play

September 26, 2019

It’s not going to be an easy road for the Gophers as they resume play after a much-needed bye week. The final nine games of the season come against Big Ten opponents, and with Big Ten West title aspirations,...

Gophers running back Rodney Smith handles the ball during the Gophers' game against Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016, where the Gophers won 44-31.

As the Gophers approach Big Ten play, an improved running game is pivotal

September 22, 2019

After a week to get healthy and prepare for the season ahead, the Gophers head into Big Ten play undefeated, but with much to work on. An area of strength that Gophers teams have almost always had is running...

Star wide receiver Johnson shines in Gophers mistake-filled win

September 15, 2019

To some fans, a game at home against the Georgia Southern Eagles Saturday sounded like an easy win. The Gophers were a 17-point favorite before the game began. After the fourth quarter ended, however,...

Tight End Ko Kieft lifts up Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson after his second half touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat Purdue 41-10. Johnson ended the game with 73 receiving yards and one touchdown.

In a game full of mistakes, star wide receiver Johnson shines in Gophers victory

September 15, 2019

To some fans, a game at home against the Georgia Southern Eagles Saturday sounded like an easy win. The Gophers were a 17-point favorite before the game began. After the fourth quarter ended, however,...

Gophers look to clip wings of Georgia Southern Eagles

September 12, 2019

Gophers football (2-0) hosts Georgia Southern (1-1) Saturday afternoon as the Gophers go for their 18th straight win against nonconference opponents, the longest nonconference win streak in Division I.  The...

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman reaches to catch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Notebook: Minnesota vs. Georgia Southern

September 12, 2019

The Gophers play their second home game of the season against Georgia Southern on Saturday, looking for a win and to enter their bye week on a high note.  After the bye, the Gophers begin Big Ten...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan throws the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Morgan becoming more than just a “game manager”

September 12, 2019

Gophers fans are all too familiar with inconsistent quarterback play.  With quarterbacks like Max Shortell, Conor Rhoda, MarQueis Gray, Mitch Leidner and Philip Nelson, the list can go on for a while....

Gophers overcome turnovers, penalties and themselves to top Fresno State

September 8, 2019

For much of Saturday night, the Gophers looked in control against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Yet, every time Minnesota looked to be gaining momentum, something got in the way: themselves. Minnesota needed...

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman reaches to catch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman coming into his own in year two

September 5, 2019

Everyone knows about Gopher’s senior star wide receiver Tyler Johnson. However, it’s another receiver who will be just as crucial to the Gopher’s success in 2019: sophomore Rashod Bateman. Coming...

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman reaches to catch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Gophers win nail-biter over South Dakota State

August 30, 2019

The Gophers were a 14.5-point favorite over the FCS fourth-ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits heading into the game, but the game ended up much closer than that as the Gophers shook off some rust against...

Quarterback Zack Annexstad throws the ball during the Gophers football spring game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12.

Annexstad out indefinitely after suffering foot injury

August 3, 2019

In a press release sent out Saturday morning, Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck announced that quarterback Zack Annexstad is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury during practice on Friday.  Fleck...

Freshman center Daniel Oturu eyes the basket during the game against Arkansas State on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Williams Area.

New-look Gophers head abroad to compete

August 2, 2019

The Gophers men’s basketball team had their second to last practice on Thursday before head coach Richard Pitino and his squad embark on a nine-day trip to Italy. During the trip, the team will travel...

Rachel Zilinskas trains in the pool at Cooke Hall on Friday, July 26 after her early morning spin class.

UMN grad student tackles triathlons in her free time

July 31, 2019

At the University of Georgia, Rachel Zilinskas was a seven-time All-American long distance swimmer who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic trials. After tearing her rotator cuff her sophomore year, she...

Freshman Quarterback Zack Annexstad receives the ball during the first half of the Gopher game against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Q&A: Rotoworld’s Thor Nystrom gives his thoughts on the Gophers’ 2019 football season

July 24, 2019

Rotoworld’s Thor Nystrom sat down with the Minnesota Daily to share his ideas about the Gophers' upcoming football season. Nystrom is the lead college football writer at Rotoworld, an NBC affiliate....

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Alex Reigelsperger talks injury and life after football at UMN

July 24, 2019

While playing football, Gophers redshirt freshman defensive end Alex Reigelsperger always knew there was a possibility that athletes can be seriously injured. He just never thought it could happen to him. It...

Incoming freshmen Crew Bold, left and Donte McKinney pose for a portrait after practice at Cooke Hall on Tuesday, July 16. Both have qualified for the junior U.S. Championships in August.

Gophers gymnastics recruits will flex potential at U.S. Championships

July 17, 2019

The Gophers' men's gymnastics team's 2019 recruiting class has made waves on the national stage before even suiting up in maroon and gold. Incoming freshmen Crew Bold and Donte McKinney have qualified...

Top 2018 Gophers football recruit retires due to injury

July 10, 2019

The Gophers lost a top recruit from their 2018 recruiting class Tuesday night.  Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger announced on Twitter that he was retiring due to medical reasons....

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Netherlands’ Agyekum looking forward to ‘Rowing the Boat’ across the Atlantic in 2020

July 10, 2019

He’s still a year away from joining the Gopher Football team, but cornerback Richard Agyekum from the Netherlands is ready to make his way to Minnesota.  Agyekum is one of two recruits in the Gopher’s...

Alicea Strodel announced as new head coach of UMN women’s rowing

July 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota named Alicea Strodel as its new women's rowing head coach on Monday. "It is an honor to be chosen to coach at Minnesota and within the Big Ten Conference, the best rowing conference...

Temi Ogunrinde holds up a medal during the Big Ten Championship on May 12, 2017. 

Temi Ogunrinde hoping to “throw” her way to the 2020 Olympics

July 3, 2019

Temi Ogunrinde’s prolific career with the Gophers' track and field team took a complete left turn after her first year. Despite having success as a sprinter in high school and freshman year of college,...

Head coach P.J. Fleck talks to the team on Saturday, April 13 in the indoor football practice facility in Athlete's Village.

Gophers add four-star recruit to 2020 class

July 1, 2019

Head coach P.J. Fleck and the Gophers continue to reel in recruits for their 2020 class. After a string of three-star commitments over the last few weeks, the program received a verbal commitment from...

Runningback Mohamed Ibrahim breaks a tackle at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003. Ibrahim finished the game with 121 yards and a touchdown. 

Too many running backs? Not a problem

June 29, 2019

The Gophers football team has a tough decision to make for the top running back spot heading into the 2019 season, but to head coach P.J. Fleck, it's a decision he looks forward to making. Heading into...

Senior Jordan Murphy winds up for the tomahawk dunk at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Murphy and Coffey go undrafted; Murphy signs with Timberwolves

June 21, 2019

Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey were hoping to be the first Gophers selected in the NBA draft since 2004, but Thursday night came and went without either player hearing their name called.  However,...

Head coach P.J. Fleck talks to the team on Saturday, April 13 in the indoor football practice facility in Athlete's Village.

Gophers grab five more commitments this week

June 21, 2019

P.J. Fleck and his coaching staff continue to stay hot on the recruiting trail for their 2020 class.  On Tuesday June 18 the Gophers received a commitment from offensive lineman Martes Lewis. On Thursday,...

Amir Coffey Goes Undrafted

June 21, 2019

In what was a controversial choice for Gopher basketball star Amir Coffey to enter the 2019 NBA Draft, he went undrafted last night.  The 6-foot-8 small forward chose to forego his senior year to...

Members of the Gopher softball team celebrate after winning the NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana State at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, May 25. 

Gophers softball reaping rewards from successful season

June 19, 2019

The Gophers softball team had its most successful season in school history in 2019. Despite losing in the Women’s College World Series to UCLA and the University of Washington, weeks later they are still...

Head coach P.J. Fleck talks to the team on Saturday, April 13 in the indoor football practice facility in Athlete's Village.

Gophers add eight recruits for 2020 class

June 16, 2019

P.J. Fleck’s signature Twitter spotlight went off more than a few times over the weekend as Gophers football received eight verbal commitments to their 2020 class. Defensive ends Claude Larkins Jr. and...

Pitcher Brett Schulze throws the ball at Siebert Field on Friday, March 29. Eli Wilson's home run in the bottom of the tenth inning lead the Gophers to a 5-2 win over Nebraska. 

Brett Schulze excited to begin his career with the Phillies

June 12, 2019

Brett Schulze was sitting with his family in his Maple Grove, Minnesota home on June 4, when his phone rang. It was a call he had been waiting for.  On the other end was Justin Morgenstern, a Philadelphia...