Nelson displays some beginner's pluck in Gophers' rout

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2012 - 8:50 AM

The Gophers freshman quarterback, in only his second college start, was nearly flawless in throwing three first-half TD passes.

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luzhishenOct. 27, 1210:34 PM

Thank goodness they weren't playing UNC!

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anderson245Oct. 27, 1211:59 PM

To all the people who decided to stay home or do something else; you missed a great game in a great atmosphere. The temperature was warm, the beer was cold, and there was lots of reasons to cheer. Hats off to Michael Carter for a great game, to the O-line for great protection, and the D-line for pressuring the quarterback. The Gophers played a great Big Ten game, avoided turning the ball over, and forced a few turnovers themselves.

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ryantonOct. 28, 12 1:42 AM

It was exciting football to watch especially with those double moves by the WRs, resulting in those long TD catches. But more impressive was seeing how well Phillip Nelson performed as a Big 10 QB today. The same long passes M. Gray and M. Shortell missed, Nelson delivered. He threw the ball with the right trajectory, allowing his WRs to run under them for easy catches. I was very impressed with his leadership skills as you can see the eyes of his teammates when he is calling plays in the huddle. He commands the huddle. Hoping that he continues to improve and gets the Gophers that 6th win so that they can go to a bowl game, getting those extra 3 weeks of valuable practices for next season.

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J_DubyaOct. 28, 12 3:40 AM

It was a little lull there, but I'm still pretty excited about Coach Kill and the Gophers. Go Gophers!

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hopsingOct. 28, 12 6:02 AM

Great game, congratulations to the team & coaching staff. Poor siouxchamp will have nothing to write about.

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mnpls123Oct. 28, 12 6:53 AM

To all the "fans" that didn't show, you missed a great game on a perfect day for football. Gophers first big 10 blowout in the gopher hole, and you missed it.

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RodcarewOct. 28, 12 8:40 AM

Kudos to QB Phil Nelson, the Gophers finally have a guy who can throw accurately! The coaches were way too conservative in the second half, though. Great programs like Oregon and Nebraska never take their foot off the accelerator and give away three garbage touchdowns. Nice victory on both sides of the ball before the dreaded "prevent defense" was installed by the Minnesota nice coaching staff:) I'd love to see the Gophers actually put up a 70-spot like the Ducks did against Colorado yesterday(I know I dream too big for this stage of Gopher football)

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gopherfollyOct. 28, 1210:00 AM

Such excitement! Was it Alabama or Notre Dame they beat yesterday to gain the inside track to a legitimate New Year's Day bowl game?

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timandtiaOct. 28, 1210:17 AM

I had the opportunity to watch this game on TV - in fact, I made sure I had it on. I have to say, I am glad that the Gophers looked great!! It seemed everything went their way, and I am glad that they won. I have one questions though, why didn't the Gophers run the ball more in the second half after having such a big lead? I hope that they can gain momentum on this game and keep winning. Juat think they won this game with a quarterback from inside of MN (Mankato West). I better get ready to watch the next game..

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gogophersgo1Oct. 28, 1210:33 AM

Gophers have won 5 of last 6 and 6 of last 8 at home. And they only dropped one of those games (NW) because BOTH top 2 QBs at the time got hurt. Still a one-score game. Why is it then that people are surprised they are winning at home? Start going to some games. They're SO fun. TCF is a true home field advantage already, and if we could fill the last 12-15000 seats consistently it would be even more so. These kids are good enough that the extra push/help matters. Look at road record versus home record for every middling team in college football. IT MATTERS.

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