Megan Ryan | Star Tribune
Reporter | College sports

Megan Ryan is a sports reporter at the Star Tribune covering colleges.

Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).


Fleck, Gophers busy 'self-scouting' during bye week before Purdue game

The main reason their three victories have been by narrow margins so far this season has been self-inflicted errors, such as turnovers and penalties.


Tyler time: Gophers use Johnson's 3 TDs to squeeze by Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern took a fourth-quarter lead at TCF Bank Stadium before the Gophers answered to win in the final seconds thanks to Tyler Johnson's third touchdown of the game.


Injuries dictate playing time for Gophers running backs

The Gophers have touted their running back depth all season, and they needed all of it Saturday.


Devers giving Gophers a blast from the past this season

Tai'yon Devers has been quiet on the field since a big freshman impact in 2016.


Gophers have survived two close calls, while others stumbled

The Gophers aren't the only football team that has shown flaws so far in the nonconference slate, but least they have the luxury of a still-unmarred record. Nebraska and Tennessee are among the teams not so fortunate.


Just like Dad: U's Winfield picked up pick-off skills from tapes of father

Gophers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. started studying his father's cornerback game film at a young age, which helped cultivate an ability to make instinctual plays.


Fleck: only one Gophers penalty vs. Fresno State was undisciplined

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck acknowledged there were numerous errors the team needs to 'clean up.'


Without touching the ball, Brooks plays role for U in Fresno State win

Shannon Brooks successfully stared down four Fresno State players all alone in his season debut on Saturday night. Why did coach P.J. Fleck send him on a solo mission?


Drama after dark: Late catch, overtime INT seals Gophers victory over Fresno State

A nimble fourth-down catch by Chris Autman-Bell gave the Gophers life on the road to set up overtime, and a game-sealing interception by Antoine Winfield Jr. pushed Minnesota to 2-0 on the season.


Gophers' Coughlin ready to roll after question about availability

Defensive end Carter Coughlin on Saturday participated in all the warmups. But fellow senior Tai'yon Devers took the first rep at the rush end position with the first team before Coughlin cycled into the unit.