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  2022 WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST: Tanner Morgan, Minnesota,...The annual award, which is known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida. The Wuerffel Trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world. Morgan is a man of faith who consistently uses his platform as a college athlete to uplift others and spread positivity to his community. He is actively involved in Minnesota's team charitable efforts and also spends time with youth, builds personal relationships with young hospital patients and shares his zest for life with those around him. He is also Minnesota's winningest all-time quarterback with a record a career record of 33-14, which includes a 6-2 mark this season. - Minnesota Football

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  NOV 28 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Athan Kaliakmanis, Minnesota, QB - Antioch, Ill. - Antioch,...Had career highs of 19 completions on 29 attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns while rushing seven times for 14 yards, including a career-long carry of 23 yards, in the Golden Gophers' 23-16 win over Wisconsin on Nov. 26...Completed nine passes of 15-plus yards and averaged 16.8 yards per completion...His 319 passing yards marked Minnesota's second-highest total this season and the second-most against Wisconsin since 2000...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Justin Walley (Nov. 29, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  Athan Kaliakmanis connected with Le'Meke Brockington on a tiebreaking 45-yard touchdown with 3:40 remaining and Minnesota barely hung on in the final minute to beat Wisconsin 23-16 on Saturday. After an injury knocked Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz out of the game on the Badgers' final series, backup Chase Wolf drove the Badgers into position for a tying touchdown. A pass interference penalty in the end zone gave Wisconsin first-and-goal from the 5 with 26 seconds left. But a holding penalty and a false start pushed Wisconsin back to the 20. After Wolf threw an incompletion, two more false starts created second-and-goal from the 30. The game ended with Wolf throwing an incompletion into a crowd of players in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 25.

Minnesota (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) retained possession of Paul Bunyan's Axe, which goes to the winner of this annual matchup. The Gophers also tied the most-played Football Bowl Subdivision rivalry — these two Big Ten foes have been facing each other since 1890 - at 62-62-8. Wisconsin (6-6, 4-5) fell to 4-3 under interim head coach Jim Leonhard, who was promoted from defensive coordinator after the firing of Paul Chryst. Minnesota, which defeated Wisconsin 23-13 last year, has beaten the Badgers in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94. Minnesota was facing second-and-11 when Brockington ran a slant route, caught Kaliakmanis' pass in stride inside the 35 and outran Wisconsin's defense to the end zone for his first career touchdown. Kalikamanis ended up 19 of 29 for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in his third game filling in for Tanner Morgan, who is out with an upper-body injury. Brevyn Spann-Ford, Dylan Wright and Daniel Jackson combined to catch 17 passes for 267 yards. Wisconsin, which had come back from a 13-6 deficit to take a 16-13 lead late in the third quarter, couldn't rally a second time. Minnesota's Justin Walley picked off a Mertz pass and had a 28-yard interception return to put the Gophers in position for a game-clinching score, but Matthew Trickett's 48-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the right upright with 1:48 left. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  NOV 21 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota, RB - Sr. - Baltimore, Md. - Our Lady of Good Counsel,...Ibrahim finished the game with a season-high 39 carries for a career-high 263 yards and a touchdown against Iowa, the most rushing yards against Iowa since 1993 (306 yards by Leshon Johnson of Northern Illinois)...Added seven receiving yards for 270 all-purpose yards, the second highest total of his career and the 10th most in program history...Ibrahim's rushing touchdown against Iowa gave him 52 for his career, extending his school record in that category and remaining as the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in Big Ten history...Earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and his third career weekly honor...Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Tanner Morgan (Sept. 26, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim had the top performance of the week, going for a career-high 263 yards on 39 carries against Iowa. It was Ibrahim's 19th consecutive 100-yard rushing game, the longest streak by an FBS player since 2000. Ibrahim is averaging an FBS-high 152.4 yards over his 10 games, and his 1,524 yards are second behind Chase Brown's 1,582 in 11 games for Illinois. - AP College Football

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  Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and Minnesota's defense continued its dominance on Saturday as the Golden Gophers defeated Northwestern 31-3. Ibrahim, who carried the ball 36 times, extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 18, the longest in FBS since 2000. He also became the seventh player in Big Ten history with 50 career rushing touchdowns. The Gophers didn't ask freshman quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis, making his first home start in place of the injured Tanner Morgan, to do much. He was 7-for-13 passing for 64 yards and rushed four times for 28 yards. Kaliakmanis relieved Morgan at halftime of Minnesota's game at Nebraska on Nov. 5, rallying the Gophers from a 10-0 deficit to a 20-13 win.

The Gophers (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) entered the game with the No. 4-scoring defense in the country, allowing just 14.2 points per game. That average dipped further after they kept the Wildcats (1-9, 1-6) out of the end zone for the first time all season. On the second play of the second half, Gophers defensive back Tyler Nubin intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Ryan Hilinski. Minnesota turned that into a 41-yard field goal by Matthew Trickett and a 17-3 lead. Ibrahim's 1-yard plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 24-3. It was Ibrahim's 18th rushing touchdown of the season, tying the school record set by Gary Russell in 2005. The Wildcats crossed the 50-yard line just twice in the first half. Midway through the first, they advanced to the Gophers 16 before Jordan Howden and Terrell Smith teamed to stuff Evan Hull on fourth and 1. Later, the Gophers appeared poised to head into the locker room with a 14-0 halftime lead, as a punt pinned Northwestern at its own 7-yard line with 2:08 to play. But two passes later, the Wildcats were in field goal position. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  NOV 7 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Trickett, Minnesota, K - Sr. - Cleveland, Ohio - St. Ignatius,...Made his two longest field goals of the season, first from 47 yards on the opening drive of the third quarter to cut Nebraska's lead to 10-3 and later from 49 yards in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota its first lead in the game...Went 2-of-2 on PATs, scoring eight of Minnesota's 20 points on the afternoon, helping the Gophers to their biggest comeback win since 2014...Recorded the 22nd multi-field goal game of his career and his third this season, while improving to 10-of-11 on field goal attempts and a perfect 35-of-35 on PATs...Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Mark Crawford (Oct. 4, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 128 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and backup quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis brought Minnesota back from a 10-point halftime deficit in the Gophers' 20-13 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. The Gophers (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) beat the Cornhuskers for a fourth straight year and became bowl-eligible for the fourth time in coach P.J. Fleck's six seasons. Nebraska (3-6, 2-4) lost its third straight game. Kaliakmanis, who took over at the start of the third quarter after Tanner Morgan was injured on the final play of the first half, led the Gophers to scores on four of his first five possessions. Ibrahim's 3-yard run finished an 86-yard drive that tied it 10-10 and Matthew Trickett's 49-yard field goal gave the Gophers the lead. Ibrahim ran in from 3 yards after Terell Smith intercepted a Chubba Purdy pass to set up Minnesota at the Nebraska 33. The Huskers turned over the ball on downs near midfield on their final possession, and the Gophers ran out the clock.

Ibrahim, held to 18 yards on eight carries in the first half, went over 100 yards for a Bowl Subdivision-best 17th straight game. He finished with 32 carries, his third straight game with at least 30. Purdy made his first start in place of Casey Thompson, who was held out after injuring a nerve in his right (throwing) elbow against Illinois last week. The Huskers scored on their first two possessions, with Purdy running in from 2 yards and Timmy Bleekrode kicking a 24-yard field goal. The Huskers' next four possessions netted 25 yards and Purdy began alternating with Logan Smothers early in the third quarter. Minnesota could get nothing going in the first half against the worst defense in the Big Ten. The Huskers held the Gophers to their fewest rushing yards (minus-7 yards) and total yards (31) in a half under Fleck. They also recorded three sacks against a Minnesota offense that had given up a Big Ten-low seven through eight games. Morgan, injured when sacked by Ty Robinson, was knocked out of the Oct. 15 game at Illinois in the fourth quarter with a concussion and he missed the next game against Penn State before starting last week against Rutgers. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries to lead Minnesota past Rutgers 31-0 on Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak. Quarterback Tanner Morgan crisply returned from a concussion that kept him out of the previous game for the Gophers (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten), who enjoyed a 19-play, 99-yard drive on their first possession that drained 10:24 off the clock. They converted 13 of 19 third downs and were in full control on this sun-drenched 69-degree afternoon, turning the second half into a snoozer and giving coach P.J. Fleck a victory over his mentor and former boss Greg Schiano. The Gophers had the ball for 41:02. Minnesota's revived defense produced a punishing and unrelenting performance against a Scarlet Knights team missing leading rusher Samuel Brown V and still dealing with quarterback instability.

Gavin Wimsatt made his second career start, going 6 for 17 for 68 yards. He threw the first of two interceptions by Tyler Nubin at the Rutgers 33 early in the fourth quarter that set up Ibrahim's third score and put the game out of reach. That was Ibrahim's 46th career touchdown, breaking the all-time program record held by Darrell Thompson, who cheered the feat from his perch in the radio broadcast booth. Wimsatt was replaced by Noah Vedral, the sixth-year player who started the previous three games, when he took a shoulder-to-shoulder hit at the end of a run and had his head snap back hard against the turf midway through the fourth quarter. The Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-4), who are chasing their first winning record since their inaugural Big Ten season, had just 134 total yards of offense in the type of game that got offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson fired earlier this month and replaced on an interim basis by Nunzio Campanile. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  Wisconsin is losing another young player. Wide receiver Markus Allen, a redshirt freshman whose playing time has diminished recently, announced Sunday on Twitter he plans to transfer. Allen had a combined seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in UW's first six games this season. However, he did not play Saturday in the 34-28 loss to the Spartans. UW used five wide receivers against the Spartans: Chimere Dike, Skyler Bell, Keontez Lewis, Dean Engram and freshman Vinny Anthony. Allen played in three games last season and finished with three catches for 65 yards. He had one catch for 31 yards in the Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State to set up UW's first touchdown and said before the season he was ready to contribute consistently in 2022. - Journal Sentinel

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  Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan left the game against No. 24 Illinois early in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to the head. Morgan was hurt when he took off running on a third-down play. Linebackers Isaac Darkangelo and Gabe Jacas converged on him, with Jacas punching Morgan on the right side of his helmet. No penalty was called. Morgan walked off the field with assistance, headed to the medical tent and then was taken to the locker room on a cart with a towel over his head. Athan Kaliakmanis replaced Morgan with the Illini leading 23-14. - AP College Football

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  SEPT 26 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, QB - Sr. - Union, Ky. - Ryle,...Completed 23-of-26 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the Gophers' 34-7 win at Michigan State...His completion percentage of 88.5% is third highest in school history for a single game (Morgan owns the top three spots)...Rushed three times for 27 yards, with all three rushes coming on third down and resulting in first downs...The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Mohamed Ibrahim (Nov. 9, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  Tanner Morgan threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 103 yards and a score to lead Minnesota to a 34-7 rout over struggling Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both schools. The Gophers (4-0) are off to their best start since they began the 2019 season 9-0. Minnesota dominated Michigan State (2-2) on both sides of the ball, outgaining the Spartans on offense 508-240 while also grabbing two interceptions and a fumble. "I've got to take my hat off to our players," said Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck. "They just played incredibly hard. I couldn't be more proud of them right now in this moment." Despite missing star receiver Chris Autman-Bell, who is out for the season following a leg injury last week, the Gophers' offense was dominant.

Minnesota did not punt, converted 10 of 12 third-down attempts, had possession of the ball for 42:30 and Morgan hit 10 different receivers. "I've been saying it for a long time now that we have a lot of guys that can go make plays for us," Morgan said. "We saw that today - a lot of guys that were involved in the game plan and made plays. It makes my job really easy." Michigan State appeared ready to rally from a 17-point deficit at the start of the second half by driving to the Minnesota 5-yard line but Thomas Rush punched the ball free from quarterback Payton Thorne and Justin Walley made the recovery. "Every week we emphasize turnovers," Walley said. "Today we had three. That's the amount we should get every week or strive to get every week." The Spartans avoided the shutout when backup quarterback Noah Kim tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Germie Bernard with 17 seconds left. The Gophers scored on their first three possessions to go up 17-0. Morgan, who completed 23 of 26 passes for 268 yards, capped off the next drive when he hit Daniel Jackson with a 23-yard touchdown pass. Matthew Trickett followed with a 26-yard field goal. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  Minnesota annnounced Monday that sixth-year wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell will have season-ending surgery on his right leg, a big loss for the unbeaten Gophers as they begin Big Ten play without their best pass catcher. Autman-Bell was hurt in Minnesota's 49-7 win over Colorado on Saturday, when he landed awkwardly while trying to catch on off-target throw in the second quarter. He grabbed his leg in pain, needed help leaving the field and was sent to a hospital for further examination. "Your heart breaks for him, because he's worked incredibly hard," coach P.J. Fleck said. The procedure will take place on Wednesday.

Fleck didn't specify the diagnosis, other than to describe the injury as to Autman-Bell's lower leg. The Gophers will apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for a seventh season, should he wish to. The native of Kankakee, Illinois, who was in Fleck's first recruiting class at Minnesota after flipping his commitment and following him from Western Michigan, redshirted that first year. The 2020 season didn't count against anyone's eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With 1,970 career receiving yards, Autman-Bell ranks ninth in program history. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass against Colorado before he was hurt. The team's leading returning receiver from 2021, when he had 36 catches for 506 yards and six touchdowns, Autman-Bell has again been quarterback Tanner Morgan's favored target. - AP College Football


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  It took until Week 3 for a player to rush for 200 yards in game. It happened four times Saturday. Eastern Michigan's Samson Evans carried 36 times for 259 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State, picking up 108 yards in the fourth quarter alone. In his 19 other career games, he had never gone for more than 89 yards. UNLV's Aidan Robbins ran 29 times for 227 yards and three TDs against North Texas. The Louisville transfer had never run for more than 84 yards in any of his previous six games. UAB's DeWayne McBride had his second career 200-yard game, carrying 28 times for 223 yards and four TDs against Georgia Southern. Minnesota's Mohammed Ibrahim had 23 carries for 202 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado, his fourth career 200-yard outing. - AP College Football

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