Gophers want to get running game going against Northwestern

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 12:11 PM


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gogophersgo1Oct. 16, 1310:12 PM

If Venric Mark and Kain Colter are out or considerably slowed, this game could be closer than people think. Gophers basically played NW to a draw last year here after a bad first drive and a big KR. There's an opportunity here and a decent matchup, personnel-wise. A positive turnover margin and no dumb penalties would go a long way. Or something fortunate like a special teams or defensive score. Fingers crossed. Heading to Evanston tomorrow to cheer them on. Go Gophers!

tnesleyOct. 17, 13 5:29 AM

Agree...We played NW about even, or a little better. Eliminate the dumb penalties and turnovers, and it will be an interesting game. Add to it their back to back games vs Ohio State and Wisconsin, and our bye week, I am optimistic.

birdpeepOct. 17, 13 5:48 AM


zoilovOct. 17, 13 6:47 AM

Ohio State and Wisconsin ran the ball against the Wildcats, so that must indicate the Gophers will. For one, Northwestern will score early and often, which will force the Gophers to play catchup with 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Nice game plan!

minneg56Oct. 17, 13 7:07 AM

gogophers- my hopes are on the same 'plane' as yours but I attended the Gophs NW'Cats game here in the mist and then downpour. 'Cats ran the ball for 20+ yards a crack anytime they felt like it. But if Gophs can run on them with even a bit of success and then on 'D' slow the 'Cats running game (vs. the way they didn't last year) we may have a match! My hope-Gophs 1. are competitive and 2. keep the game relevant into Q4. But agreed- could be interesting- Go Gophers!

Clapp8Oct. 17, 13 7:47 AM

Northwestern wins.

rahrahgooferOct. 17, 13 7:49 AM

Soooooo....goofs think their run game is on par with WI and OSU???????? Looked like it against Iowa?? You just can't make these stories up!

buster32Oct. 17, 13 9:00 AM

If the team can play as strong as the character they have exhibited this season they will post the their first conference win. No team deserves a good day more than this one. Go Gophers!

notsidOct. 17, 1310:00 AM

Running game? What the hell are you talking about? The only teams that they could run against this year were the four non-conference patsies that they played early on and not even so well against one or two of them. As was shown in their first two conference games against Iowa and Michigan, they do not have the talent in the offensive line to open up any kind of holes for their very average backs to run through...and they won't be able to run against any of the remaining six conference opponents en route to their 0-8 record in conference play this year. We really should expect to see a more competitive team on the field from a coach who is paid more than a million dollars annually. There is simply no excuse for anything less than that.

moretaxesnowOct. 17, 1310:16 AM

Running game? What running game? The gophers have a total of 166 rushing yards in 2 games so far, including the measley 30 yards against lowly Iowa. How can anyone expect them to rush for more than their average - 83 yards - against Northwestern?


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