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The Hawkeyes celebrate their win over the Gophers, carrying the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy across the field on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Iowa defeats Minnesota to retain Floyd of Rosedale

October 8, 2016

Somehow, the game came down to a 4th-and-15 situation.A poor offensive performance by the Gophers was about to be erased as quarterback Mitch Leidner marched his team — now at Iowa’s 18-yard line...

The Gophers after winning against Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily Breakdown: Gophers hold close edge over Iowa

October 7, 2016

Iowa visits Minnesota in what should be a very close game for two teams coming off conference losses. A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below:When Minnesota runs the ball:Nearly...

Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, right, watches sophomore quarterback Demry Croft throw a ball in a practice on March 10, 2016.

Gophers offensive coordinator Jay Johnson adjusts to death of his father

October 6, 2016

Every Monday, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner would call Dick Johnson, his former coach in high school and Gophers offensive coordinator Jay Johnson’s father.Dick Johnson would give Leidner advice,...

The University of Iowa football team celebrates, carrying the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy across the field following their victory at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA, on Saturday Oct. 14 where the Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 35-40.

Gophers set eyes on Floyd of Rosedale after overtime loss

October 5, 2016

Redshirt senior quarterback Mitch Leidner and right tackle Jonah Pirsig both have the same memory of their favorite Iowa-Minnesota game before they started playing for the Gophers.The two were in high...

Defensive back Jalen Myrick catches the ball during the Gophers game against the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Secondary implodes in third quarter against Penn State

October 3, 2016

Penn State finished Minnesota off with a 25-yard touchdown run in overtime by sophomore running back Saquon Barkley, but the Nittany Lions were also victors through the air Saturday night in University...

Director of Athletics Mark Coyle sits down to talk with the Minnesota Daily to field questions on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. at Bierman Field Athletic Building.

Coyle talks first 100 days as Athletics Director, Robinson termination and future plans

October 3, 2016

The new University of Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Friday for the first iteration of a monthly Q&A.Coyle discussed his first few months on the job, the J...

Running back Rodney Smith is tackled while playing against Colorado State on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily Breakdown: Minnesota will have an uphill battle against Penn State

October 1, 2016

Minnesota’s first conference game of the year will be at Penn State, and it’s going to be a tough one. A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below: When Minnesota runs the...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Lender hands the ball off to running back Rodney Smith on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Q&A: Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus on quarterback Mitch Leidner

September 30, 2016

The Minnesota Daily recently talked to Steve Palazzolo, a senior analyst at Pro Football Focus — a football analytics site — and asked him questions about Minnesota’s veteran quarterback...

Richardson improves to reach elite level

September 29, 2016

Before the Colorado State game, junior linebacker Jonathan Celestin said he told junior defensive tackle Steven Richardson that he owed him some tackles for a loss of yards (TFLs).Richardson took that...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Lender hands the ball off to running back Rodney Smith on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers begin conference play at Penn State

September 28, 2016

The Gophers came out of their home-only non-conference schedule just the way they wanted: undefeated.Minnesota faces a bigger challenge though as the Gophers open up Big Ten play at Penn State —...

Defensive end Gaelin Elmore dives for the ball after Taiyon Devers forced a fumble on Colorado State quarterback Collin Hill at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 24, 2016.

Minnesota remains undefeated with 31-24 win over Colorado State

September 24, 2016

First came the sack, then the bouncing helmet and finally, a loose ball.Freshman defensive end Tai’yon Devers came into the game on a third-and-11 situation. The ball was snapped and he quickly beat...

Freshman wide receiver Tyler Johnson completes a pass for a touchdown against Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily breakdown: Minnesota to continue winning streak against Colorado State

September 23, 2016

The Gophers end their non-conference schedule with another easy game, this one coming against Colorado State. A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below: When Minnesota runs...

Defensive back Jalen Myrick makes a break with the ball during the Gophers game against the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Defensive backs face early struggles

September 22, 2016

The play of the defensive backs was the least of Minnesota’s concerns last season, but the same can’t be said about the group so far this year.The Gophers’ passing defense has allowed seven touchdowns...

Junior running back Kobe McCrary runs the ball against Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

McCrary emerges as third running back option in victory over Indiana State

September 10, 2016

Kobe McCrary was out to prove something in his second career game.The junior running back — who transferred to Minnesota from Butler Community College during the offseason — wanted to show...

Defensive back Jalen Myrick catches the ball during the Gophers game against the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily breakdown: Gophers set for easy win against Sycamores

September 9, 2016

Minnesota squeaked by Oregon State with a 30-23 win Sept. 1. Their matchup against FCS opponent Indiana State should go a lot smoother. A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found...

Defensive line excels behind performance from true freshman

September 8, 2016

There was one number that stood out to defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel after the season opener: 14.The Gophers had a total of 14 quarterback hits against Oregon State, Sawvel said. He estimates that the...

Basketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on team

September 8, 2016

Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch, who was suspended from the team in May after being arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, has been reinstated on the team, said Dan Reisig, a team...

Gophers offensive line readies for the snap from Oregon  State at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Offensive line plays well in victory over Oregon State

September 7, 2016

The Gophers gathered for a team meeting over Labor Day weekend to watch highlights from their 30-23 victory over Oregon State.Among the highlights was Jonah Pirsig, the Gophers 6-foot-9-inch, 325-pound...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner throws the ball to tight end Nate Wozniak at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

After rocky start, Gophers defeat Oregon State Beavers in season opener

September 2, 2016

The Gophers traversed through three ejections, a muffed punt return, and bad snaps that had footballs flying over quarterback Mitch Leidner’s head Thursday night.But Minnesota was able to make it through...

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner plays agains Texas Christian University on September 3, 2015. Leidner’s 30th career start will come against Oregon State Thursday night.

Daily breakdown: Minnesota ready to run over Oregon State

September 1, 2016

Minnesota kicks off its 2016 season against Oregon State Thursday night, in what should be a much easier opener for the Gophers than last year’s 23-17 loss to No. 3 TCU. A full breakdown, prediction...

Mark Coyle, the newly named Gopher Athletics Director answers the medias questions during a press conference held at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday.

Athletics Director finalist hopes to create a culture of accountability

May 11, 2016

Mark Coyle, a former Gophers athletics administrator, is poised to become the next University of Minnesota Athletics Director. On Wednesday afternoon, University President Eric Kaler named Coyle the athletics...

Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly controls the puck against Michigan at Mariucci on Feb. 14, 2014.

Reilly’s rookie year full of ups and downs

May 4, 2016

Mike Reilly didn’t go far from home when he went to the NHL.     The former Gophers defenseman signed a deal with the Minnesota Wild in July and played 29 games for his hometown team in...

Six Gophers headed to the NFL

May 2, 2016

Former Gophers cornerback Eric Murray and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell were the only two Minnesota players selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend, but four more signed undrafted free agent...

Minnesota rowers Meredith Kelly, Joyce Jollands, Lauren Gonsalves, Madison Koch, Lauren Miller, Allison Sterneman, Kersten Schwanz and Emily Appold compete against Wisconsin in the second varsity eight race on Lake Phalen on Sunday morning.

Minnesota swept at home by Wisconsin

May 2, 2016

Wisconsin swept Minnesota in all seven races Sunday at Lake Phalen, Minn., in the final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships May 14.     The meet marked the third competition...

Left to right, Peter Mortell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, KJ Maye, DeVondre Campbell and Eric Murray.

Pro prospects mixed for Gophers players

April 28, 2016

The Gophers had four players selected in last year’s NFL Draft, the most for the program since 2006.     Three former Minnesota players have a good chance of being taken in this year’s...

Coxswain Taylor Gainey coordinates and guides the boat at a rowing team practice on the Mississippi River on March 23, 2015.

Minnesota ready for rare home meet

April 28, 2016

The Gophers haven’t competed in the spring in Minnesota for two years, but a meet against No. 11 Wisconsin on Sunday will change that.     The team’s race against its Big...

Minnesota defensive back Eric Murray gives a thumbs up moments before a play on Sept. 3 at TCF Bank Stadium where the Gophers faced Texas Christian University.

Cornerback duo ready for NFL journey

April 27, 2016

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, and two former members of the Gophers secondary are likely to hear their names called.     Cornerbacks Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun played a combined...

University of Minnesota rowers Lisa Weeks, Jessica Flakne, Catherine Ahrens, Sara Scarbro, Haley Bagley, Anna Greene, Bee Lovick, and Kortney Luedloff practice on the Mississippi River on Monday afternoon.

New lineups show improvement

April 25, 2016

Fresh lineups for Minnesota led to its varsity boats improving on Saturday at the Big Ten/Big XII Invite in Baraboo, Wis.      The Gophers won four races out of the 12 they participated...

Junior Anna Greene rows during the Universitys team practice on the Mississippi River on Monday afternoon.

‘Enforcer’ leads Gophers first varsity eight

April 21, 2016

Anna Greene is “the Enforcer” to head coach Wendy Davis.     The junior has been the sixth seat on the first varsity eight for the past two weeks of practice and is the only rower...

Gophers forward Hudson Fasching fights to maintain control of the puck against Penn State in Mariucci Arena on Feb. 6.

Fasching returns to finish out degree

April 20, 2016

Hudson Fasching had a good reason to miss three weeks of school.     The Gophers forward turned professional two days after his junior season ended and joined the Buffalo Sabres. He temporarily...

Minnesotas rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 22, 2014.

New boat lineups struggle in Big Ten races

April 11, 2016

Head coach Wendy Davis didn’t like what she was seeing in practice the week leading up to Saturday’s race against Iowa and Indiana.     She tinkered with the lineups of...

Redshirt junior quarterback Conor Rhoda passes the ball to redshirt freshman running back James Johannesson during the Gophers Spring Game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Gold tops White in battle for ribs

April 11, 2016

A full slab of ribs, baked beans and mac and cheese was the prize for the victors of the spring game scrimmage between Gophers players Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.     The roster...

Minnesota to take a look at novice rowers

April 7, 2016

Minnesota will race its first Big Ten event of the season this weekend in Iowa City against Iowa and Indiana.     The Gophers plan to race all members of their roster at the event, which...

Receivers look to replace ‘Coach KJ’

April 6, 2016

The Gophers return most of their receiving corps from last year with one notable exception. KJ Maye, the team’s leading receiver, graduated in the offseason, and the team will need players to replace...

Offensive line coach Bart Miller runs Gopher players through a drill during their Spring Practice on Saturday morning.

Miller working to improve offensive line

April 5, 2016

Bart Miller said at his introductory press conference in January that people should expect “physical, hardnosed player[s]” on his offensive line.     With spring practice winding...

Dorsey leaves team

April 5, 2016

Point guard Kevin Dorsey will be leaving the Gophers after his freshman season and transferring to another school, head coach Richard Pitino announced Monday.     Dorsey was suspended for...

The rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on Mar. 23, 2015.

Minnesota wins four races in its second competition

April 4, 2016

Junior coxswain Meredith Kelly knew the finish for the second varsity eight was close on Sunday, but she didn’t know if her boat had beaten Syracuse’s until after the race was over.     “We...

Coxswain Taylor Gainey coordinates and guides the boat at a rowing team practice on the Mississippi River on March 23, 2015.

Mild winter provides Gophers a head start

March 31, 2016

It was a mild winter in Minnesota this year, which is very good news for the Gophers rowing team.     The tame weather meant more time outside on the water for the team instead of indoor practice...

Linebacker Jack Lynn runs a drill during the Gophers spring practice on Thursday afternoon.

Sawvel sees room to grow on defense

March 30, 2016

Gophers defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel said he didn’t think the team was that good on defense immediately after the 2015 season.     Then, the former defensive backs coach saw that Minnesota...

Sophomore quarterback Demry Croft throws the ball to another Gophers player during the first spring football practice of the year at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on March 10.

Gophers get up to speed on new offense

March 29, 2016

Mitch Leidner said quizzes aren’t usually his thing, but one type happens to suit him.     It’s the kind new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson gives to all of the Gophers quarterbacks.     “I...

Notre Dame hockey team joins Big Ten

March 24, 2016

The Notre Dame men’s hockey team will leave the Hockey East and become an affiliate member of the Big Ten in the 2017-18 season, the conference announced Wednesday.     The Irish will be...

Damarius Travis at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015, where the Gophers faced TCU. The game was Travis last of the 2015 season after he sustained a hamstring injury during a punt-return.

Travis returns to lead young secondary

March 22, 2016

Damarius Travis wasn’t anticipating playing a fifth year for the Gophers.     An injury in the first game of his senior season sidelined the safety, but he was granted a medical redshirt...

Gophers defender Steve Johnson passes the puck down the ice while playing against Ohio State in the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night. Following their 4-2 victory over Ohio State, the Gophers fell to Michigan 5-3 the following night, leaving the 2016 Big Ten Tournament.

Wolverines end Minnesota’s season

March 21, 2016

Head coach Don Lucia said the Gophers had Michigan right where they wanted them.     Minnesota held a one-goal lead after the second period of the Big Ten Championship game after erasing a two-goal...

Rachel Banham gives high-fives to fans as she leaves the floor of Williams Arena for the last time. Despite Banham leading the team in scoring with 37 points,  the Gophers fell to south Dakota 101-89 in the second round of the WNIT.

Minnesota ends its season in WNIT

March 21, 2016

The final seconds ticked away as Minnesota’s comeback bid fell short Sunday afternoon, marking a somber moment for the Williams Arena fans. Rachel Banham’s storied Minnesota career...

Gophers forward Connor Reilly races the puck down the ice at Mariucci Arena on Jan. 17, 2015.

Border battle to determine Minnesota’s Big Ten fate

March 10, 2016

The Minnesota-Wisconsin hockey rivalry appears dormant on the surface.     The Gophers need only one more victory to win a conference regular season title for the fifth consecutive season, while...

Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson runs DeVondre Campbell through a drill during Pro Day at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Monday.

Gophers host annual Pro Day

March 8, 2016

De’Vondre Campbell made the switch from defensive line to linebacker in college, but he tried to show coaches and scouts on Monday he has the ability to switch back to the position.     Campbell,...

Gophers forward Tommy Novak fights to maintain control of the puck while playing against Penn State in Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.

Split earns Gophers a bye in the Big Ten tournament

March 7, 2016

The Gophers’ hopes of an at-large NCAA bid took a big hit over the weekend.     No. 17 Minnesota entered the weekend on the tournament bubble and defeated Michigan State 4-2 on the...

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 5, 2015.

Defense searching for consistency

March 3, 2016

The Gophers series against No. 6 Michigan showed how hot-and-cold its defense has been all season.     No. 17 Minnesota allowed six goals last Thursday, but on Friday, the team allowed...

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff fights to maintain control of the puck while playing against Penn State in Mariucci Arena on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

Gophers’ margin for error slim as season dwindles

March 2, 2016

Hudson Fasching’s overtime goal against No. 6 Michigan didn’t just give the Gophers a series split with the Wolverines. It also kept the team’s Big Ten title hopes very much alive.     No....

Tracy Claeys speaks at a press conference after being named head coach at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 11.

Claeys lays out goals for spring practice

March 1, 2016

Tracy Claeys said he has three goals to accomplish when the Gophers begin spring practice Tuesday.     The head football coach said he wants to assess his offensive line, see how the team...

Gophers forward Hudson Fasching controls the puck while playing against Michigan in Mariucci Arena on Friday night.

Minnesota splits to stay atop the Big Ten

February 29, 2016

Hudson Fasching didn’t try to hide his feelings after scoring a game-winning overtime goal Friday.     “[It’s] awesome, so good,” Fasching said. “We battled...

Fasching’s OT winner leads to split

February 27, 2016

Hudson Fasching didn’t hide his feelings after scoring a game-winning overtime goal Friday.“[It’s] awesome, so good,” Fasching said. “We battled right until the end and it’s just an awesome...

No position found for Kill at U

February 25, 2016

Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota were not able to come to terms on a full-time job for the former head football coach, University President Eric Kaler said in a statement Wednesday.     Kill,...

Gophers forward Justin Kloos scores a goal against Penn State at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 6.

Kloos starts new year off scoring

February 25, 2016

Just one point separates the top two teams in the Big Ten — No. 20 Minnesota and No. 6 Michigan — with six games to go.     The two teams play this weekend, and the series couldn’t...

Gophers forward Hudson Fasching fights to maintain control of the puck against Penn State in Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.

Minnesota sweeps past Ohio State

February 15, 2016

The Gophers tried to skate out a victory Friday night up 4-3 against Ohio State while the clock kept winding down.     The Buckeyes pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and launched...

Gophers forward Justin Kloos scores a goal against Penn State at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 6.

Old junior hockey linemates reunited

February 11, 2016

Head coach Don Lucia switched up the Gophers lines last weekend and got one player clicking on offense.     Junior forward Taylor Cammarata entered the team’s series against Penn State...

Gophers forward Taylor Cammarata handles the puck while playing against Penn State at Mariucci Arena on Saturday night. Minnesota fell to Penn State with a final score of 3-5.

Overturned goal leads to split at home

February 8, 2016

The Gophers erased a two-goal deficit Saturday night to tie their game against Penn State 3-3, seeking to sweep the Nittany Lions and remain alone atop the Big Ten.     Then, junior...

Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys discusses new recruits who signed on Feb. 3 during a press conference in the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Wednesday afternoon.

Gophers announce 2016 recruits

February 4, 2016

Tracy Claeys couldn’t hide a grin as he announced Minnesota’s 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday, a group the head coach called the most athletic he’s seen in his five years with...

Sophomore Steve Johnson handles the puck at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday where the Gophers competed in the North Star College Cup.

Gophers focus on Big Ten

February 4, 2016

The Gophers appeared to be in a rhythm for the first time all season heading into last weekend.     Minnesota had rattled off five straight victories and was 7-2 in its last nine games. Then...

In-state players shape recruiting class

February 3, 2016

Minnesota posted a 6-7 record this year after back-to-back eight-win seasons, but the dip in results doesn’t seem like it’s affected the team in recruiting.     The Gophers 2016 recruiting...

Forward Connor Reilly fights for the puck at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday, where the Gophers lost to the MSU-Mankato Mavericks 3-2 on day-two of the North Star College Cup.

Gophers last in Minnesota

February 1, 2016

Junior forward Hudson Fasching didn’t sugarcoat the team’s performance after a 3-2 loss to Minnesota State-Mankato in the North Star College Cup consolation game.     “It sucks....

Gophers forward Justin Kloos handles the puck at Mariucci Arena on Jan. 16.

Minnesota’s offense leading turnaround

January 28, 2016

After a chilly start to the season, the Gophers appear to be hitting their stride.     Minnesota is entering this weekend’s North Star College Cup on a five-game winning streak, its longest...

Gophers forward Seth Ambroz celebrates after scoring the first goal against the Mavericks at the 2nd Annual North Star College Cup on Jan 23, 2015.

North Star College Cup keeps past alive

January 26, 2016

The third annual North Star College Cup will take place this weekend, and the tournament has already taken hold in Minnesota.     The event — which was created after conference realignment...

Gophers forward Hudson Fasching handles the puck against St. Cloud State at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Offense rolls in sweep over Wisconsin

January 25, 2016

The Gophers needed only 12 seconds for their first goal Saturday, and the offense didn’t stop there.     The team scored nine goals on the road against Wisconsin Saturday —...

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 5.

Penalty killers getting aggressive

January 21, 2016

The Gophers seem to have settled into a groove after a rough start to the season.     Minnesota has scored 17 goals in its last four games and hasn’t lost a game in regulation since Dec....

Gophers forward Justin Kloos drives the puck against Spartan defenders at Mariucci Arena on Saturday. Minnesota swept Michigan State to close the series with a final score of 3-1.

Minnesota sweeps Michigan State

January 18, 2016

It took until mid-January, but the Gophers have a winning record.     Minnesota (11-10, 6-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 5-2 victory on Friday night against Michigan State (5-17-2, 1-7 Big...

Minnesota defensive back Eric Murray gives a thumbs up moments before a play on Sept. 3 at TCF Bank Stadium where the Gophers faced Texas Christian University.

Minnesota ready to face MAC opponent

December 16, 2015

Minnesota won’t be playing a Power Five team in a bowl game this year, but that doesn’t mean the team is taking its matchup against Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl lightly.   The...

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 5.

Junior class paves way to split

December 14, 2015

The Gophers’ weekend got off to almost the worst start imaginable. Three different goalies saw time in the net as Minnesota lost 8-3 to No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor.   The team was able to turn...

Minnesota forward Justin Kloos races to the puck in the first period against Michigan State University at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 26.

First line picking up scoring pace

December 10, 2015

Nearly every Gophers line contributed in their sweep over Ohio State last weekend, but one in particular found success after being average for most of the year.   Redshirt junior Connor Reilly, junior...

Defensive back Jalen Myrick jogs at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015, where the Gophers took on the University of Michigan.

Gophers come up short on 2015 goals

December 9, 2015

Minnesota players set high expectations for themselves at the beginning of the year, coming off of back-to-back eight-win seasons.   The team also set out to end its losing streak to Wisconsin and...

Quarterback Mitch Leidner throws a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 17, where Minnesota played the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Gophers will play in Quick Lane Bowl

December 7, 2015

The Gophers made history this season — just probably not the way they wanted to.   Minnesota will be playing in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 28 against Central Michigan in Detroit at...

Gophers forward Leon Bristedt maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Saturday during Minnesotas game against Ohio State.

Gophers sweep Ohio St.

December 7, 2015

For the first time since October, music played post-game in Minnesota’s locker room and not its opponent’s for two straight nights.    Sophomore forward Leon Bristedt scored an overtime...

Special teams going opposite ways

December 3, 2015

The Gophers’ penalty kill ranked as one of the best in the nation entering its series last weekend against St. Cloud State.   The team’s power play entered the series struggling, though,...

Head coach Tracy Claeys  watches the Gophers play their last game of the 2015 season against the University of Wisconsin Madison where they lost 31-21 Saturday evening at the TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers still might make bowl at 5-7

December 2, 2015

The Gophers finished the season with five victories, one short of automatically qualifying for a bowl game after playing in a bowl the last three seasons.   The NCAA will announce bowl games on...

Tracy Claeys stops for a brief interview on his way off of the field for halftime at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 31, when the Wolverines defeated the Gophers 29-26.

Claeys on lookout for new talent

December 1, 2015

Recently appointed head football coach Tracy Claeys is already making Minnesota’s staff his own with the firing of two coaches on Sunday.   Claeys said Monday morning it was a...

Limegrover and Zebrowski relieved of coaching duties

November 30, 2015

Newly appointed head football coach Tracy Claeys announced on Sunday that two members of his coaching staff will be replaced next year.    Minnesota offensive coordinator and offensive...

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner faces pressure from Wisconsin while running the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday where the Gophers fell to the Badgers 31-2.

Turnovers accumulate for the Gophers

November 30, 2015

Minnesota had five turnovers on Saturday against Wisconsin and put the team deeper into a hole it couldn’t get out of.   Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner was responsible for...

Gophers running back Shannon Brooks runs for a 75-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium where Minnesota defeated Illinois 32-23. The touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion took the gophers up 8 points, giving them a more comfortable lead.

Claeys snatches first victory

November 23, 2015

Saturday’s chilly game was all about the freshmen for Minnesota.   The Gophers wiped away their four-game losing streak with a 32-23 victory over Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium, thanks to...

Minnesota takes down Terrapins

November 19, 2015

No. 3 Minnesota won decisively on Wednesday against Maryland, sweeping the Terrapins 3-0 for their 15th victory in a row.   Three different Gophers players finished the game with 10 or more...

Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky prepares to catch a pass from quarterback Mitch Leidner in the final minute of a game on Oct. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Wolverines defeated the Gophers 29-26. The play landed the Gophers at the 1-yard line, where they were unable to score before the games end.

Wolitarsky helps lead young receivers

November 19, 2015

Junior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky is having a comeback season.   Wolitarsky missed five games last season and barely played in two due to injuries, but he’s stayed healthy this season and...

Offensive play calling seeing new levels of success

November 18, 2015

A Gophers running back did something in Saturday’s game against No. 6 Iowa that hasn’t been done on the team since 2010. Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner lined up under center in the...

Mavericks forward Brett Knowles scores his third period goal to tie up and bring the game into overtime at Mariucci Arena on Saturday.

Mavericks make comeback to avoid sweep

November 16, 2015

The series sweep was in the Gophers’ hands.   Up 2-0 with fewer than four minutes remaining in the third period on Saturday, Minnesota was looking at a two-game sweep of Minnesota State...

Senior Rachel Banham dribbles the ball down the court on Friday at the Williams Arena where the Gophers defeated Wofford College 98-54.

Minn. earns first victory

November 16, 2015

The Gophers didn’t need to break their three-point record in order to beat Wofford on Friday at the Williams Arena, but they did it anyway.   Minnesota defeated the Terriers 98-54...

Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. lands in the end zone, scoring a touchdown in the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA, on Saturday Oct. 14 where the Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 35-40.

Offense up but defense down for Gophers

November 16, 2015

The beginning of the Gophers season had a very different story than the one that played out on Saturday.   The Gophers allowed 40 points and a season-high 506 yards of offense to No. 8 Iowa,...

Wide receiver KJ Maye enters the end zone, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium Sept. 19 where the Gophers defeated Kent State 10-7.

Players excited about Claeys’ promotion

November 12, 2015

The Minnesota football team received a group text late Tuesday night about a team meeting at 7:15 a.m. the next morning.   Senior cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun said he knew what...

Schierhorn steps in goal

November 12, 2015

Freshman goaltender Eric Schierhorn was asked to do something difficult upon arriving on campus.   Replace Adam Wilcox.   The former Big Ten Player of the Year signed a professional contract...

Forward Leon Bristedt handles the puck while playing against Northeastern in Mariucci Arena on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

Minnesota splits with Notre Dame

November 9, 2015

The Gophers lost a close game Friday night against No. 18 Notre Dame, but the team came back on Saturday evening with a victory. The Gophers adjusted after dropping the first game 4-3,...

Assoc. athletics director officially resigns

November 9, 2015

Associate athletics director Mike Ellis announced his resignation Friday, two months after temporarily stepping down amid reports concerning his conduct.   Ellis, a close advisor to former athletic...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner searches for someone to pass to on Nov. 15, 2014 against Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium.

Leidner finds success after healing up

November 4, 2015

Quarterback Mitch Leidner broke his career high in passing yards for the second week in a row on Saturday, throwing for more than 300 yards in the team’s games against Michigan and Nebraska.   The...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner searches for someone to pass to on Nov. 15, 2014 against Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota prepares to play against No. 1 Ohio State

November 4, 2015

To make a bowl game this year, the Gophers will have to get through some of the toughest defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision.   The Gophers will face No. 1 Ohio State Saturday and...

Fasching leads Gophers’ best line so far

November 4, 2015

Junior Hudson Fasching and his line delivered for the Gophers after the team was reeling to start the season.   The team was 0-3 to begin the year, but in their series against Northeastern, Fasching...

The University of Michigan football team celebrates after claiming the Little Brown Jug trophy at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, where the Wolverines defeated the Gophers 29-26.

Minnesota’s final decisions define close loss

November 2, 2015

There were 129 total offensive plays between the Gophers and the Wolverines on Saturday.   But it was the final play of the game that determined the outcome.   A Minnesota field goal with...

Interim head coach Tracy Claeys speaks at a press conference regarding Jerry Kills resignation on Wednesday. Kills departure came as a shock to Claeys and the team.

Claeys takes over Gophers football

October 29, 2015

Interim head coach Tracy Claeys, put in charge of the team on the heels of Jerry Kill’s sudden retirement, clearly stated his position on Wednesday.   “I want to be the next head...

Forward Justin Kloos attempts to score against Northeastern in Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.

Gophers break losing streak

October 26, 2015

The Gophers picked up their first two victories of the season in a weekend sweep, after stumbling out of the gate with a 0-3 start.   No. 19 Minnesota (2-3) had no trouble generating offense over...

Flip Saunders

Timberwolves head coach and U alum Flip Saunders passes away at 60

October 26, 2015

Philip “Flip” Saunders, the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and a former University of Minnesota basketball player, died Sunday, according...

Gophers defender Nick Seeler skates during the first game of the 2015-16 season at Mariucci Arena on Oct. 10, when the Gophers fell to the University of Vermont, ending with a final score of 3-0.

Seeler adds physical play

October 22, 2015

Junior defenseman Nick Seeler prides himself on his ability to check opponents.   “I’ve always liked the physical part of the game,” Seeler said. “It’s something that...

Football a family affair for Connor Mayes

October 21, 2015

For sophomore right guard Connor Mayes, coming to Minnesota was all about brotherly love.   After his older brother Alex Mayes committed to play for the Gophers in 2012, Connor Mayes said he knew...

Forward Brent Gates chases down a UMD player, attempting to catch the puck in the second period at Mariucci Arena on Friday where the Gophers lost to the Bulldogs 3-1.

Duluth rolls over Gophers

October 19, 2015

The Gophers left the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth late Saturday night with as many questions about their offense as they had last week.   The No. 15 Gophers were swept in a home-and-home series...

Quarterback Mitch Leidner throws a pass to make Gophers first touchdown of the game at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday where Minnesota fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 48-25.

Gophers dominated by Huskers

October 19, 2015

The only lead Minnesota had all game on Saturday lasted 82 seconds.   And it was all Nebraska after that.   The Gophers defense allowed more points in a game than they had since 2011,...

Wide receiver KJ Maye enters the end zone, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday where the Gophers defeated Kent State 10-7.

Maye doing it all for Minnesota offense

October 15, 2015

Senior KJ Maye has done a little bit of everything on the field this season.   The wide receiver leads the team with 22 receptions, three touchdowns and 256 receiving yards. He’s also been...