Rachel Blount: There's more to be learned for Gophers

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2012 - 8:10 AM

Iowa's easy victory revealed something about that 4-0 start, but how the Gophers react will tell the tale most clearly.

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athomp7614Sep. 29, 12 7:59 PM

On one play a runner faked two Minn defenders so badly that they each had to o to the dressing room for replacements. In order to miss a runner that badly they have to be closing their eyes.

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rjr2205Sep. 29, 12 9:12 PM

Anyone who "expected" Minn or any big ten football team with 9 seniors to go into Iowa city, or any big ten city and come away with a win were being totally unrealistic. We want to see them grow with each game and bounce back from adversity! At the end of the season, what really counts is will this year be a springboard to increasingly better years!! Kill's program developement over the last several years says the odds are strongly in favor of such progression! Go Gophers!!!!

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melbgopherSep. 29, 12 9:26 PM

I agree, Kill has them going in the right direction. I am more willing to be patient that any time in the last thirty years.

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BCanniffSep. 29, 12 9:34 PM

Seriously? What steady improvement? Kill has done nothing in the Big Ten. That is why we play games that start at 11AM on ESPN2 while Wisconsin plays on ABC in prime time.

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MagicSep. 30, 12 1:35 AM

We fans realize you scheduled four cupcakes to pad your resume and build confidence, but you really do your team a disservice. Beating up the sisters of the poor does not prepare your team for the Big 10. You just lost all the casual fans who wondered if your 4-0 record was a result of improvement or just bad teams? I guess a bad Iowa team answered that for us.

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atlmikeSep. 30, 12 4:29 AM

anyone who can judge a program, new coach, and his team after one season and five games knows absolutely nothing of what it takes to build a football program. this program was decimated on every level by brewster. the fact that kill's players have maintained their eligibility and raised their GPA is impressive, considering where they were. regardless of what you think, they are an improved football team as well...a team with few viable seniors(including their best player) and many sophomores and freshmen playing. don't blame Kill because you're too ignorant to realize that a 4-0 doesn't mean you're going to the rose bowl.

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realmnfanSep. 30, 12 4:42 AM

For every four steps forward there is one step back. I liked the way the team fought back in the second half. Our defense shut out Iowa's offense and our offense scored two touchdowns.. Go Gophers!

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philgorngieSep. 30, 12 8:57 AM

Same old Gophers-racing toward the cellar of the Big Ten . 45 years of this crap. I stopped going to games years ago. Get a clue people!

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BCanniffSep. 30, 12 9:01 AM

Wake up. Iowa was just running out the clock in the second half. They already had the game won. You would have thought we had the lead however with our poor offensive game plan. The coaches were calling running plays with us behind three touchdowns. Their defense shut us down and exposed Shortell's shortcomings as he repeatedly overthrew open receivers on the few occasions he went downfield. Evidently the plan was to just hand over the pig and get out of there.

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dickandersonSep. 30, 12 9:03 AM

I am in the same boat with those of you who believe that the Gophers are, slowly, on their way back to respectability. But I wonder what the players will think after they witness on film what their dismal first half performance showed. I don't think I've ever seen wide receivers for the the Hawkeyes so incredibly open, uncovered. Even the somewhat pigeon floating passes were caught for touchdowns. Ouch! Let's hope this experience will help to make men out of boys ----- so to speak!

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