Late, late, late show in Vegas goes Gophers' way

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 31, 2012 - 6:40 AM

Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third overtime after Derrick Wells' second interception of the game.

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goferfanzAug. 31, 12 1:51 AM

Well, it wasnt pretty, but all's well that ends well. Go Gophers!

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holstjAug. 31, 12 1:57 AM

Thanks Comcast, my HD box froze as the kicker approaches the ball for the winning kick.

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ryantonAug. 31, 12 2:07 AM

Well, it was a sloppy game, but I'm glad the Gophers prevailed. Tough road win. I like the new aggressive defense and Gophers' corners especially D. Wells is a player with 2 big INTs. This game should not have been this close as Gray missed a wide open McDonald and several times to Fruethte...on long pass plays. Gray has to make those types of throws as Gophers have speed at their WR positions. Understandably, it was against UNLV...but it was a win!

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adri0801Aug. 31, 12 2:59 AM

It really took 3 OTs to beat UNLV. I'm sorry but oh my lanta it sounds like another long season.

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Loon03Aug. 31, 12 3:08 AM

Remember all the Gopher deep thinkers who were sure our coaches did not know what they were doing when they played Adam Weber over Marquis Gray? We have a natural FB/shotputer playing QB. Marquis and Troy Stoudamire were huge disappoints for seniors. But, we won and we may see some huge improvement between this game and game two. There is some real defensive potential out there, but our overall team played like idiots on way too many plays.

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jmdtcarrAug. 31, 12 3:10 AM

As former Minnesotan and 17 year Vegas resident, I was at the game and I saw Gray for the first time live. He throws worst deep ball I have ever seen. He missed at least 4 wide open receivers all of which should have resulted in scores. But we did not lose to a very bad, yet scrappy UNLV team. It was great to see half of the stadium in Maroon & Gold. We actually won a road game. Congratulations Gophers.

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bemmelAug. 31, 12 3:16 AM

Yup, it wasn't pretty as coach Kill said coming off the field "Sometimes you win games that you shouldn't." Marquis showed that he wasn't passing any better than he did last year. Hopefully he will step that up. There were some really good looking plays by the defense getting to their QB time after time and getting turnovers.

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viking53Aug. 31, 12 3:34 AM

As a former Minnesotan and 32 year resident of Las Vegas I got to see Grey live for the first time. He does not throw the worst deep ball I have ever seen. It's the first game of the year and everybody had opening game jitters. Grey did overthrow some deep balls, but he did connect when it was neccessary. There is alot of work to be done, but the Gophers are very young and it's the first game of the season. I'm not sure just how the Gophers stack up yet. While they did beat UNLV, I'm not sure just where UNLV belongs as far as how good or bad they are. The Rebel defense played better than I thought they would so the Gophers may be better than we think. But the Rebels are starting a true freshman at QB. Which is of course a very tough job to throw at the QB. Both teams played sloppy and made some very stupid mistakes. Both teams hitting players when out of bounds is just plain unthinkable. But I guess we will see how the Gophers progress over the course of the year. At least they are better off after one game this year, as compared to after one game last year. We'll just have to keep playing, but the Gophers are one game closer to a bowl game after tonight's game.

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SeaSharkAug. 31, 12 3:50 AM

MINNESOTA is unlikely to win the six games necessary to become bowl eligible if Coach Kill continues to play a tight end at quarterback. Marquis Gray is not an authentic Division 1 qb; his passing mechanics are dreadful, he has no deep ball touch at all, he still quickly gives up on the pass and runs when his primary receiver is covered, and he simply hasn't taken charge of the qb position the way a 5th year senior is reasonably expected to do. No one expects Gray to challenge Southern Cal's Matt Barkley or Oklahoma's Landry Jones for first team All-America honors or the Heisman Trophy, but by now he should be more consistently productive than he was last year. Coach Kill reportedly wants to redshirt Phil Nelson, and must therefore get Max Shortell more practice reps with the first team offense and begin preparing him to succeed Gray as the Gophers' starting quarterback.

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comment229Aug. 31, 12 4:46 AM

Let me know when this story is the same but the phrase UNLV is replaced with Ohio State.

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