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Shannon Brooks Houses 71 Yard TD

Mitch Leidner blocking downfield? WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Gophers Lead 17-6!

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Gophers Score, Lead Purdue 10-6!

Moose gonna moose. Gophers lead 10-6.

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Injury list also includes Campion, Bobek, & Epke; Rogers out for season

NO MORE. STOP IT. (Quote below per Joe C) Running back Rodney Smith is questionable. Starting offensive linemen Josh Campion and Brian Bobek are not on the trip. Ben Lauer will start at left tackle, and true freshman Tyler Moore will be making his college debut at center. Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe is out. Junior safety Ace Rogers is out for the season. Defensive backs Damarius Travis and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are on the trip but won't play. UPDATE: Gaelin Elmore is out too.

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DE Gaelin Elmore also out with injury

/kicks can //sighs

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Rodney Smith now questionable & a game time decision

This is just... STAWP. We get it. /cursed with injuries

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H&R: The predictions post where Purdue fans jump the shark

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42-17? Keep dreaming Purdue.

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H&R: The Minnesota Preview

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H&R looks at why Purdue fans are excited for the Minnesota game.

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H&R: TDG joins our Boilermaker friends to answer some Gophers questions

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You've already read Hammer & Rails' responses to our Purdue questions. Here is what we had to say in reply!

Friday Opponent Nugz: Purdue Edition

When every link you read makes it worse...

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Minnesota at Purdue now on ESPNU

IMPORTANT TV SCHEDULING NOTE: Saturday's game is no longer being broadcast on ESPN. Instead it will be broadcast on ESPNU. Kickoff is still set for 2:30 CT. The move is happening because of the changes to the LSU/South Carolina game. Before you gripe too much, those changes are SC having to play their home game IN BATON ROUGE because of flooding. Things could be a lot worse. That said, I know ESPNU isn't in a lot of people's cable packages so yea, this still sucks for some of you.

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11 Gophers Make NHL Opening Day Rosters

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From the U: Nick Bjugstad -- Florida Panthers Alex Goligoski -- Dallas Stars Erik Haula -- Minnesota Wild Erik Johnson -- Colorado Avalanche Phil Kessel -- Pittsburgh Penguins Nick Leddy -- New York Islanders Paul Martin -- San Jose Sharks Kyle Okposo -- New York Islanders Nate Schmidt -- Washington Capitals Thomas Vanek -- Minnesota Wild Blake Wheeler -- Winnipeg Jets "Additionally, Todd Richards returns to the bench as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Darby Hendrickson continues to serve as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild and Paul Holmgren is the president of the Philadelphia Flyers." It's very likely that there are a few more Gophers who will be called up to their NHL clubs over the course of the season *cough* Mike Reilly *cough*

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Wild Send Reilly to AHL Iowa

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All my hopes for Mike Reilly leading the Minnesota Wild's PP from the get-go have evaporated. More Suter, I guess...

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Big Ten Football: Week 5 S&P+ Vectors

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Good news from College Gameday!

Novel picking concept from the weather guy, but I like where his head is at. More importantly (ok, not at all important but go with it) is that 3 of the 4 Gameday picks went Minnesota's way (Lee went "not so fast" for Northwestern).

Gophers vs. NU: Opponent News, Notes, and Links

Northwestern media has one question: "Is Minnesota even good?"

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Brock Vereen signed to Vikings practice squad!

Nice to see Brock land somewhere quickly, even if it's not on a full roster. Go here for the full story from Chris Tomasson at the PiPress.

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See double the Minnesota Basketball action!

The full details are important and can be found here. Quick notes: - Both Men's and Women's season ticket holders will receive a voucher for a ticket to the opposite game. - Single game ticket buyers will need tickets to each game. These tickets can be purchased as a pack.

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VIDEO: Gopher State of Mind - Homecoming 2015

Gopher Gridiron has added another video to it's weekly series, this time focusing on Homecoming at the U!

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Chicago Bears waive Brock Vereen

Well this is news that I dislike. Former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen was waived by the Chicago Bears today. It would seem that the new coaches may not have been big fans of Brock. While this is cruddy news, we wish Brock the best in continuing his NFL dreams and will always be proud to have him representing the maroon in gold in the NFL and the wider world!

Golden Nugz: B1G Edition (9.29.15)

Michigan makes the world sit up and take notice. Maryland and Purdue just wish the world would look away.

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Minnesota Hockey puts two on B1G "Players To Watch" list!

In addition to being picked to finish 2nd in the B1G this season by the coaches, Minnesota had two standouts named to the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list. The deserving Gophers? Junior forwards Hudson Fasching and Justin Kloos! Hudson was a unanimous selection. Here's the full list from the Big Ten: 2015-16 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH JT Compher, F, Michigan* Kyle Connor, F, Michigan Zach Werenski, D, Michigan* Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State* Mackenzie MacEachern, F, Michigan State Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota* Justin Kloos, F, Minnesota Anthony Greco, F, Ohio State Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State David Goodwin, F, Penn State Eric Scheid, F, Penn State Grant Besse, F, Wisconsin * Unanimous selection

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Minnesota Picked 2nd In B1G Coaches Poll

The annual Big Ten Hockey Coaches Poll is out, and Minnesota came in 2nd behind Michigan in the preseason prediction. Without doing any analysis or thinking about it at all, I'm going to say this is wrong. Gotta go full #HomerSota. 2015-16 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL 1. Michigan 2. Minnesota 3. Michigan State 4. Penn State 5. Ohio State 6. Wisconsin

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Even Injured, Minnesota's Defensive Secondary Got It Done!

I know the injury report is bleak, but all hope is not lost. Minnesota's backups in the secondary did a better job getting it done down the stretch than you might have realized. HATS OFF to the defensive secondary. They have been tested but they keep getting it done when needed.

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VIDEO: Ohio's Blair Brown Kicks Gopher Shannon Brooks in Head

So here's a little video of Ohio University defensive lineman Blair Brown kicking true freshman Shannon Brooks in the head after a short run. The refs missed this one, and I'm not sure any one of them had a sight line to this incident. Two plays later Brown would swing at Brandon Lingen and receive and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Obviously that penalty should have been his second of the game and he should have been ejected. He also could have been penalized on Brooks second TD run for intentionally contacting Mitch Leidner's head well after the handoff. It was a big day for Brown.

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Our Ohio vs. Minnesota Q&A at Hustle Belt!

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I'm guessing you've already read the Q&A where Hustle Belt answers our questions about Ohio. (If you haven't, go ahead and do so. I'll wait). ... ... ... Here's the second half of that back and forth, where we answer their questions about Minnesota!

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Minnesota Football Student Ticket Sales Up 38%

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Good news from Shama, as student ticket sales are up nearly 38% this season.: Gophers student season ticket sales have increased from 6,100 last year to 8,400. Athletic department leaders are hoping for a third consecutive sellout crowd on Saturday when Minnesota plays Ohio starting at 2:30 p.m. That's another nice brick in rebuilding the program. Oddly enough, I feel like I might have missed the annual Mike Kaszuba "let's talk about how Gopher Football student ticket sales are worse than Indiana's football ticket sales without any context that you gotta by IU FB tix to have MBB tix" story in the STrib. I'm devastated by that.

Friday Opponent Nugs!

A day may come when MAC teams grudgingly accept their underdog status (rather than having the fact that they're ten-point underdogs piss them off), but that is not this day.

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VIDEO: Coach Kill's Week 4 Press Conference

Here's video from today's press conference with Coach Kill via Gopher Sports.

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VIDEO: Minnesota Football's Tunnel Walk

Gopher Gridiron continues it's series of behind the scenes moments from Gopher Football. This week their focus is on the team's tunnel walk at TCF Bank Stadium.

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SI: Why A Florida WR Chose Minnesota

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2016 Minnesota recruiting commit Dredrick Snelson was profiled today by Sports Illustrated. The big "hook" to the story? Why would a top ranked receiving prospect from Florida who has offers and interest from high profile southern schools choose to head up to frigid Minnesota to play for a team that doesn't throw the ball? You should definitely give the whole article a read, but some short answers include: "It’s cold in the NFL. That’s all I say." Touche Dredrick. What else? Snelson had known about Minnesota, but when asked about what drew him to the program, he’s quick to credit two fellow Gophers commits, cornerbacks Elijah and Elisha Daniels. Empire Class. Gotta love it.

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UND Nickname Vote Happening During Gophers Bye Week!

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I come bearing wonderful news! Fans and alumni can finally weigh in on the new University of North Dakota team nickname in mid-October. Online voting will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and will conclude at midnight on Friday, Oct. 23. Voting is open to: current UND students, faculty and staff; UND alumni, retirees and donors; and current season ticket holders for UND athletic events (one vote per account). You may be wondering why I'm so excited by this. In response, I urge you to go here and look at compare the dates of Minnesota Football's schedule with that of the voting process. The vote takes place during Minnesota's bye week. That's right friends! The worst week of the 2015 Minnesota football season, when you can reasonably be expected to do yard work and other chores, now includes a giant schadenfreude gift from the University of North Dakota. Thanks to the school's announcement that they will refuse to consider "no nickname" as an option, there is guaranteed to be a decent to enormous amount of UND fan angst over the outcome of the voting. I expect that angst to reach a fever pitch during the bye week and I look forward to the entertaining letters to the editor that shall ensue. Good luck UND (you'll need it) and thanks for thinking of Gophers fans when making this decision!

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Amir Coffey Making College Choice Monday At 3:30 PM CT

UPDATE: Amir Coffey has committed to the University of Minnesota! Gopher recruit Amir Coffey will make his college selection at Hopkins High School on Monday, 9/21 at 3:30 pm CT. Predictions are always dangerous on these things, but the general sense I'm getting from those who follow recruiting more closely is that Minnesota stands a very good shot of landing the local 4 star prospect. Cross your fingers and of course stay tuned to The Daily Gopher for updates on his decision!