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Daily Nugs 9.21.2010


the Los Angeles Daily News reacts to the USC victory at this link:

The defense also forged an impression by limiting Minnesota's offense to 83 yards rushing. The Gophers (1-2) entered the game rushing for nearly 243 yards and no one wanted to point out Minnesota did it against Middle Tennessee State and South Dakota.

With Gophers coach Tim Brewster fighting for his job, it was almost stunning how predictable his playcalling became against a marquee opponent. Brewster ran on first down on seven of the Gophers' first eight possessions.

"It was real surprising they went to the run, even after they got stuffed," USC nose tackle Jurrell Casey said.

USC's defense remained susceptible to the pass even if Minnesota would not (or could not) offer much in terms of explosiveness.

Our rival Iowa blog claims that the USC game was a moral victory for Minnesota:

Still, only wins are going to save PLAY4BREW's hide at this point and a scalp of USC, even this depreciated version, would have looked nice on the mantelpiece. But, hell, the fact that they managed to cover the spread goes down as a moral victory of sorts (and probably a real victory in the PLAY4BREW record books).

The Wizard of Odds was in attendance at Saturday's game, and has some great pictures and commentary about his TCF Bank experience.

Coaches' Hot Seat has now upped Tim Brewster to the hottest seat in America:

...so Brewster took over a team that was coming off a .603 winner percentage in the last five years and Brewster's winning percentage to date at UM is...

.366

No, so far Tim Brewster was not an upgrade over Glen Mason and if you are going to fire a coach that is posting .500 plus records and taking teams to bowl games YOU MUST HIRE A COACH that will do better than that!

On a positive note, Minnesota will honor Gopher great Bobby Bell at the Northwestern game.