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Minnesota beats Indiana State in a 58-28 laugher

That was nice.

NCAA Football: Indiana State at Minnesota Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

How do you know that the Minnesota Gophers absolutely dominated a game against an inferior opponent like Indiana State?

You get to use backup QB puns with about a quarter to go.

This game was never in doubt, despite some silly plays by the Gophers early in the first half. Minnesota was always the better team and they played like. As a result, they managed to make this guy look like a hater and a fool.

I’m good with that.

What I loved

  • Mitch Leidner. Efficient, accurate, didn’t get sacked, and he barely had to run the ball.
  • Kobe McCrary. This stat line tho.

Dude accounted for 93 yards in a single drive on just two carries. Yes, yes, Indiana State and all that. This kid is still good.

  • Emmit Carpenter kicking field goals. 3/3 from 42, 44, and then 45 yards on a windy day. That’s work.
  • No targeting penalities. Woooooooo!
  • Coaching staff remained aggresive on offense. Went for the score late in the 2nd instead of kneeling it down, went for it on 4th down, etc. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s nice to see (especially the 1st half thing since Kill wouldn’t kneeled it out).

What I liked less

  • Pass defense. Need to tighten that up before CSU and Penn State. Not having Ray Buford or KiAnte Hardin suspended will help.
  • Dropped passes. Mitch could have been 24 of 30 guys. Seriously though, this needs to stop if possible.
  • Penalties. Too many dumb penalties, though the issues with OL procedural stuff seemed to stop after the 1st quarter.
  • Kickoffs. Wind is a thing Emmit, get used to it.

All in all a great win and a great day.