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Minnesota Football: Loss to PSU... What we thought we knew, What we found out

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This is now the seventh week in a row where I've had to type the words "Loss to..." in the Story Headline field here at The Daily Gopher. (Right, we are 1-7 now aren't we? All the losses run together, I'm having trouble remembering. I just had to look it up... seriously, that's how bad it's gotten.) Fudge. Anyway, you know the drill.

What we thought we knew:

We knew that the Gophers wanted to commit to the run, but after having said the same thing last year, we weren't ready to believe it until we saw it.

What we found out:

Of their 84 offensive plays the Fighting Hortons ran the ball 35 times (42%). But once again, the Gophers were playing from behind all day long. Jeff Horton and Thomas Hammock are clearly committed to DeLeon Eskridge as Eskridge again carried the load with 26 carries, managing 111 yards. I haven't been a big fan of DeLeon, and he doesn't get it done very pretty, but he does get it done.

What we thought we knew:

We thought Adam Weber would be more comfortable, and therefore more productive, in Jeff Horton's simplifed offensive scheme.

What we found out:

Weber had a 300 yard passing day with 3 TD's, and he managed to eclipse the 50% completion mark! He also became just the fifth QB in Big Ten history to throw for over 10,000 yards in his career. So yes, he definitely looks more comfortable than he did last year.

But I'm starting to think it might be time to give Gray and Alipate some reps. It's extremely doubtful that we're going to win another football game this season. I'm not saying that's grounds for benching Weber, however, we're essentially living in a season of "garbage time" and I think it's time to start letting the younger guys get some experience.

What we thought we knew:

We thought the Fight Hortons would be more loose and perhaps, more successful than the Fighting Brewsters.

What we found out:

Essentially, we saw more of the same. An offense that couldn't finish and a defense that couldn't stop anyone. (Also, I'm not going to break down special teams, but how poor is our kick-off game? OH MY GOODNESS... can Ellestad get the ball past the freaking 10 yard line please?) We did however, see some creativity in the offensive play calling as the Gophers threw on 1st down more often than we've seen. Additionally, the defense was more aggressive bringing more pressure than we've grown accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately, the result was the same.

What we thought we knew:

We thought we'd have trouble winning another football game this season.

What we found out:

We obviously have 4 more chances to get that elusive second W, but we play 3 top 20 teams in those 4 games. So yeah, we were probably right.