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  11/27/21 - Tanner MorganrSr/2023, Minnesota, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Tanner Morgan overcame an interception that was returned for a first-half touchdown, leading Minnesota on three scoring drives after halftime to surge past No. 18 Wisconsin 23-13, take back Paul Bunyan's Axe and give Iowa the Big Ten West Division title Saturday. Morgan, who went 11 for 16 for 199 yards and a third-quarter touchdown pass to Chris Autman-Bell, led the Gophers on the sprint into the end zone to hoist the 73-year-old trophy on their home field for the first time since 2003. As the crowd streamed onto the turf, the rap song “Jump Around” played over the speakers in a taunt of Wisconsin's home-game anthem.

The Gophers (8-4, 6-3) delivered the kind of inspired and stifling performance by their defense that the Badgers (8-4, 6-3, No. 14 CFP) were used to demoralizing their opponents with. They held freshman standout Braelon Allen to 47 yards on 17 rushes and forced Graham Mertz to throw throughout the second half to favorable results. Mertz went 21 for 38 for 171 yards and an interception. Allen topped the 100-yard mark in each of the last seven games, all wins for Wisconsin. The Badgers had 62 rushing yards, after averaging 229 yards on the ground entering the week. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#6 QB) rSr/2023 QB Tanner MorganMinnesota
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  11/24/21 - Mohamed IbrahimrSr/2023, Minnesota, 5-09, 210 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim will return for a sixth year in 2022, after suffering a season-ending lower leg injury in the first game this year. Ibrahim revealed his decision Wednesday on Twitter, which the university confirmed with a subsequent announcement. Ibrahim was picked as a preseason Associated Press second team All-American for 2021, before getting hurt in the third quarter against Ohio State on Sept. 2. He had 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in that game before the injury.

The Gophers also lost running backs Trey Potts and Bryce Williams to season-ending injuries. Ibrahim won the 2020 Big Ten Running Back of the Year award. The native of Baltimore redshirted in 2017 before accumulating 1,160 rushing yards in 2018, the second-most in Gophers history for a player in his freshman season behind Darrell Thompson (1,376). Ibrahim is eighth on Minnesota's career rushing list with 3,003 yards in 29 games. He'll have an opportunity next year to catch Thompson (4,654) for the all-time lead. - AP College Football


(DS#6 RB) rSr/2023 RB Mohamed IbrahimMinnesota
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  11/20/21 - Ky ThomasrFr/2025, Minnesota, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Ky Thomas ran for 105 yards and a career-high two scores, Tanner Morgan threw two touchdown passes and Minnesota scored 14 points the final 46 seconds of the first half Saturday to pull away from Indiana 35-14. Minnesota (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) ended a two-game losing streak. The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-7) have lost seven straight. Indiana started fast, capping an impressive opening drive with quarterback Donaven McCulley scooping up a fumbled snap and scoring from 11 yards out.

Thomas' 2-yard TD run tied the score midway through the second quarter and his 1-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half gave Minnesota a 14-7 lead. The Gophers took control after Tyler Nubin picked off McCulley, a true freshman, and returned it to the Hoosiers 31-yard line. Three plays later, Tanner Morgan found Chris Autman-Bell for a 14-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left. Indiana never recovered and Morgan closed it out with a 9-yard TD pass to Autman-Bell in the third quarter. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Ky ThomasMinnesota
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  11/03/21 - MarKeise IrvingFr/2025, Minnesota, 5-08, 190 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  NOV 1 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Mar'Keise Irving, Minnesota, RB – Chicago, Ill. – Hillcrest (Ill.),...Registered a career-high 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (5.79 avg.) in Minnesota's 41-14 win at Northwestern. Also caught two passes for 5 yards...After registered 105 rushing yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 23, becomes the first true freshman in...Minnesota history to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games in Big Ten play since Laurence Maroney in 2003...Recorded a career-long 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Rashod Bateman (Nov. 5, 2018). - Big Ten Football

(DS#23 RB) Fr/2025 RB MarKeise IrvingMinnesota
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  10/31/21 - MarKeise IrvingFr/2025, Minnesota, 5-08, 190 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Mar'Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday. Tanner Morgan threw for 134 yards and ran for a touchdown and Ky Thomas added 106 yards on 21 carries as Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) improved to 3-0 on the road. Already thin at running back with season-ending injuries to Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts, Minnesota's Bryce Williams suffered a lower leg injury, putting pressure on Irving, a freshman, and Thomas, a redshirt freshman. Williams' status is unknown as he undergoes tests. "Everybody knows we're going to run the football. I don't think that is a secret. I don't think we're catching anyone off guard by that," Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said.

Thomas was banged up early in the game but returned. The Gophers' depth chart has taken so much of a hit that Fleck experimented with linebacker Derik LeCaptain at running back. LeCaptain had a 24-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. "Bryce went down today, Ky was done for a while and we were down to Bucko (Irving) and we had Derik (LeCaptain) on deck. Again, those are the cards we're dealt," Fleck said. Before it could get its offense untracked Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald pulled starter Ryan Hilinski. Andrew Marty finished 10 of 16 for the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) and threw a pair of touchdown passes. Fitzgerald would not name a starter going forward. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#23 RB) Fr/2025 RB MarKeise IrvingMinnesota
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  10/24/21 - Ky ThomasrFr/2025, Minnesota, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Freshmen Ky Thomas and Mar'Keise Irving became the fourth and fifth different 100-yard rushers for Minnesota this season, as the Gophers gained 326 yards on the ground in a 34-16 trampling of Maryland on Saturday for their third straight victory. Thomas (21 carries, 139 yards) and Irving (15 carries, 105 yards) each had one of four rushing touchdowns for Minnesota (5-2, 3-1), which moved into a first-place tie with Iowa in the Big Ten West Division. Purdue and Wisconsin are one game back. Taulia Tagovailoa lost a fumble on the opening drive and completed 17 of 27 passes for 189 yards and a late touchdown to Marcus Fleming for the Terrapins (4-3, 1-3), who have lost three straight games by a combined score of 151-49.

Thomas, Irving and Bryce Williams, who rushed for 48 yards and a score, are the only healthy scholarship running backs left on the roster for the Gophers, who lost star Mohamed Ibrahim in the opener and backup Trey Potts three weeks ago to season-ending injuries. Williams took the lead last week in a win over Nebraska, becoming the third player to top the 100-yard rushing mark this year. Thomas and Irving gave the Gophers the first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same games since Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks on Oct. 5, 2019, against Illinois. Tanner Morgan went 8 for 12 for 125 yards passing, and backup quarterback Cole Kramer rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Gophers didn't punt until 5:09 remained in the game. In three losses to the Terrapins since coach P.J. Fleck arrived in 2017, the Gophers allowed an average of 39 points and 286 rushing yards. They beat the Terrapins handily in 2019 when they had six eventual NFL draft picks on their defense. There was no lower moment for Minnesota in the virus-altered 2020 season than the 45-44 overtime loss at Maryland, when the Terrapins stacked up 675 total yards. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Ky ThomasMinnesota
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  10/11/21 - Trey PottsrSo/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 210 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  Minnesota running back Trey Potts will miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury serious enough to keep him hospitalized for six days after it occurred in the last game. Coach P.J. Fleck said Monday that Potts was “doing very well” and expected to be present at the practice facility this week to visit with the team. "These players as football players is one thing, but when you're talking about them as people, that's what ultimately matters,” Fleck said. “I appreciate everybody's concern. I know he and his family do as well.” Fleck declined to reveal any specifics about what happened to the third-year player, who left the field late in the fourth quarter Oct. 3 at Purdue without any obvious sign of trouble.

Fleck praised the effort and expertise of the medical staff for quickly determining Potts needed to go to a hospital after the initial evaluation on the sideline became a “really scary” situation. Athletic director Mark Coyle, head athletic trainer Mike Sypniak and team Dr. David Jewison stayed in Indiana overnight to support the native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, while family members rushed to join him. Potts was transferred to a larger hospital at one point last week. He traveled back to Minnesota after being discharged Friday. - AP College Football


(DS#31 RB) rSo/2024 RB Trey PottsMinnesota
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  10/05/21 - Mark CrawfordSo/2024, Minnesota, 6-4, 220 (DS#999 P) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG TEN CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mark Crawford, Minnesota, P – So. – Perth West, Australia,...Helped Minnesota control field position by placing four punts inside the 15 in the Gophers' 20-13 win at Purdue. Forced the Boilermakers offense to start drives from the 2, 9, 15 and 15-yard lines...Punted six times for 308 yards (51.3 avg.), including three 50-plus-yard punts...Recorded a career-long 60-yard punt twice during the game...Despite the heavy rain, executed successful place kicking holds on two extra points and two field goals, including a 38-yard field goal with 1:46 left in regulation to give Minnesota a 20-13 lead...Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Casey O'Brien (Oct. 21, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#999 P) So/2024 P Mark CrawfordMinnesota
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  10/05/21 - Trey PottsrSo/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 210 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  Minnesota running back Trey Potts remained in a hospital two days after an undisclosed ailment that arose late in the team's game at Purdue. The university's athletic department said Potts' condition was "improving" and that he was "doing well," in a statement distributed on Monday. The university said further updates on Potts, who is second in the Big Ten with 552 rushing yards, would be provided when available with his and his family's permission. Potts left the field late in the fourth quarter on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana. After immediate observation and treatment by the team's medical staff, Potts was transported to a nearby hospital for further attention.

Athletic director Mark Coyle, head athletic trainer Mike Sypniak and team physician Dr. David Jewison stayed in Indiana overnight with Potts. Potts had the go-ahead touchdown run for the Gophers in the third quarter of their 20-13 victory over the Boilermakers. His last carry went for 6 yards on third-and-3 near the 3-minute mark as Minnesota was winding down the clock. Potts stepped into the lead role in the backfield after Mo Ibrahim, a second team preseason Associated Press All-American pick, suffered a season-ending lower leg injury on Sept. 2 in the opener against Ohio State. - AP College Football


(DS#31 RB) rSo/2024 RB Trey PottsMinnesota
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  10/02/21 - Trey PottsrSo/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 210 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck challenged his team to respond Saturday. Did it ever. Trey Potts scored the go-ahead touchdown 70 seconds into the third quarter and the Golden Gophers defense pitched a second-half shutout to hold on for a 20-13 victory at Purdue. "That was a very difficult week - mentally, physically, emotionally," coach P,J. Fleck said after earning his first second-half comeback in 50 career games at Minnesota. "To come out here and beat a really good Purdue team on the road, was great." It was just what the Gophers (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) needed after last week's shocking loss at home to Bowling Green.

But Minnesota cleaned up those mistakes and took advantage of their opportunities on a cool, rainy day at Ross-Ade Stadium - despite seeing the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) run 33 more plays and picking up 144 more yards. How'd they do it? After trailing most of the first half, the Gophers struck quickly in the third quarter. Tanner Morgan opened the second half with a 54-yard completion to Mike Brown-Stephens. Potts ran for 17 yards on the next play and then overpowered the Boilermakers defense for a 4-yard touchdown run for a 17-13 lead. The Gophers defense took care of the rest. It ended one scoring threat with a sack, ended two more with good coverage and finally sealed the win with an interception on third-and-10 from just outside the Minnesota red zone. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#31 RB) rSo/2024 RB Trey PottsMinnesota
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  09/20/21 - Boye MaferSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-4, 265 (DS#5 DE) + More +

  Minnesota turned in its best defensive performance in at least two decades when it held Colorado to 63 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards in a 30-0 road win. The Gophers had not held an opponent under 100 total yards or under zero on the ground since at least 2000, according to College Football Reference. No team had given up so few total yards against an FBS opponent since TCU held Kansas to 21 in 2017. The shutout was Minnesota's first against a Power Five team since a 45-0 win over Illinois in 2004 and the first on the road since a 21-0 win over the Illini in 1977. - AP College Football

(DS#5 DE) rSr/2022 DE Boye MafeMinnesota
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  09/18/21 - Trey PottsrSo/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 210 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  Trey Potts ran for three touchdowns, Minnesota's swarming defense held Colorado to just 63 total yards and the Gophers won their 21st straight nonconference game by beating the Buffaloes 30-0 on Saturday. This marked the first time Colorado (1-2) has been shut out at Folsom Field since Nov. 3, 2012, against Stanford. The last nonconference team to shut out Colorado in Boulder was LSU on Sept. 15, 1979, according to research by the school. Wearing shiny gold helmets, the Gophers defense certainly sparkled. They sacked Colorado QB Brendon Lewis four times and held the Buffaloes offense to no passing plays of more than 15 yards or any runs longer than 10.

Colorado had just 7 total yards in the first half and couldn't get anything going in the second half, either. The Buffaloes finished with minus-19 yards on the ground. Minnesota also forced two turnovers - one on a fumble from Lewis and another when Dimitri Stanley muffed a punt. The Gophers (2-1) made it a memorable afternoon for P.J. Fleck, who was coaching in his 100th career game. He's now 58-42 overall, including 28-20 in five seasons with Minnesota. They finished with a 441-63 total-yards edge. Potts had TD runs of 13, 2 and 3 yards on his way to a 121-yard performance. It was another strong showing since taking over for injured tailback Mohamed Ibrahim, who was using a scooter to move around the sideline with his lower left leg in a green cast. Potts had 178 yards and two scores last weekend. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#31 RB) rSo/2024 RB Trey PottsMinnesota
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  09/11/21 - Trey PottsrSo/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 210 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  Treyson Potts listened intently to Mo Ibrahim between drives, the injured Minnesota star now serving as an unofficial coach and unwavering supporter of his successor in the backfield. Potts picked up where Ibrahim left off, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start to help the Gophers fend off Miami of Ohio 31-26 on Saturday. "That's my partner in crime. He was right there the whole game with me, helping me manage the game and just giving me pointers. I've always been on his hip. I love that dude," said Potts, the third-year player from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who put the game away with 83 yards in the fourth quarter on 12 of his 34 carries. Ibrahim's season ended on an ill-fated plant of his foot on the turf in the opener last week against Ohio State.

The 2020 Big Ten Running Back of the Year was an honorary captain for the pregame coin flip, rolling out to midfield on a scooter to support his surgically repaired lower left leg. "Mo was a great teammate on the sideline. You've got to imagine how hard that is," coach P.J. Fleck said. "He's the ultimate competitor. It was an emotional week." Tanner Morgan connected with Dylan Wright and Daniel Jackson on scoring passes in the second quarter as the Gophers (1-1) took a 21-3 lead into halftime, before Redhawks (0-2) outgained them 128-15 in total yards in the third quarter to make them sweat it down the stretch. - Minnesota/AP College Football


(DS#31 RB) rSo/2024 RB Trey PottsMinnesota
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  09/06/21 - Mohamed IbrahimrSr/2023, Minnesota, 5-09, 210 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  With a senior-laden lineup led by running back Mo Ibrahim, Minnesota entered the season with a prime opportunity to bounce back from a rough year and compete with rivals Wisconsin and Iowa for the West Division title. One week in, the Gophers have already been handed a major setback. Ibrahim will miss the rest of the season because of a lower left leg injury, coach P.J. Fleck announced Monday.

The fifth-year player from Baltimore will have surgery Tuesday and need four to six months to recover. He was a second-team preseason Associated Press All-America selection. "This isn't like you can just say, 'OK, we'll just put the next guy in." You can't do that. He's such a special player, and I think he's the best back in the country for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is he's an unbelievable person, the hardest worker on this team, the heartbeat of the team," said Fleck, who declined to specify the injury but said Ibrahim sustained a tear. The severity suggested an Achilles tendon. Ibrahim was hurt on the second-to-last play of the third quarter Thursday against fourth-ranked Ohio State, when he ran to the right side for 1 yard and tried to escape a tackle by safety Ronnie Hickman. After Ibrahim planted his left foot, slow-motion replays on the Fox broadcast showed his leg react as if something had popped inside. - AP College Football


(DS#6 RB) rSr/2023 RB Mohamed IbrahimMinnesota
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  08/28/21 - Matthew TrickettSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-0, 195 (DS#2 K) + More +

  Arguably the most competitive Gophers position battle this fall came to an end Friday with coach P.J. Fleck naming Kent State transfer Matthew Trickett the starting kicker for next week's opener vs. Ohio State. Fleck was committed to fixing the issues on special teams from last season. Missed kicks plagued the Gophers in 2020. He had four kickers compete for the job this month, including two graduate transfers. "I'm not saying it's fixed," Fleck said. "This isn't just about sticking a piece of bubble gum in the hole in the boat. This is about the ability to have it sustainable over a long period of time." Trickett, the Mid-American Conference special teams player of the year in 2019, earned the starting job over Temple transfer Will Mobley, redshirt junior Brock Walker, and sophomore Dragan Kesich. In three college seasons, Trickett made 47 of 57 field goals (82.5%) and 94 of 95 extra ponts, including tying for the NCAA lead with 29 field goals two years ago. His career-long field goal of 49 yards was in 2018. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#2 K) Sr/2022 K Matthew TrickettMinnesota
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