Now it is for real. Not that Tulsa, Colorado State, and Florida Atlantic were not good foes to play against, well maybe FAU, but we proved some things over the past three games and it is time to move forward with the Big Ten schedule.
Purdue, raked #11 in the country, comes to town for an early Homecoming game at the Metrodome. I have not followed the Boilermakers “preseason” so I have very little to comment about on them.
Our guys looked good on Saturday. Yes, FAU was small and looked a bit like a JV team but overall we did pretty well. A couple of missed PAT’s again. It may be time to put in an ad in the school paper like Coach Mason did a couple of years ago. At a school this large there has to be one guy who can kick a football through the uprights.
A couple of notes from the game:
-Gary Russell has his first career 100-yard rushing day.
-This is the 17th time under Glen Mason that the Golden Gophers have had two players rush for more than 100 yards. The Golden Gophers are now 15-2 in those games.
-Minnesota has not been shut out in a school record 87 games
-Minnesota has won a Big Ten-best 19 straight non-conference games.
-Maroney needs 50 yards to become only the sixth player in school history with 3,000 career rushing yards. Leading the list are Darrell Thompson (4,654 yards), Thomas Hamner (3,810), Marion Barber III (3,276), Chris Darkins (3,235) and Marion Barber (3,094).
-Maroney caught three passes, one for a TD.
-Gophers first and only punt came late in the 4th quarter.
Minnesota has the #1 rushing offense in the country. Purdue has the #1 rushing defense in the country.
ESPN has picked up the Purdue game this week. ABC picked up the Minnesota at Penn State game on Oct 1.
We will no more after this Saturday on the state of Gopher football team.