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Gophers notes: Missing top threat, passing game self-destructs

Sophomore Tyler Johnson missed Minnesota's 39-0 loss at Northwestern on Saturday, reportedly because of a broken left wrist suffered last week against Nebraska.

Not again! Weather forecast for Gophers-Northwestern is shaky

Another (!!!) bad weather game for the Gophers football team? Coach P.J. Fleck's first Minnesota season has seen enough of those already.

Fleck, Gophers will see recruits signing, transfers leaving earlier

Come next month, the recruiting world will go through a seismic shift as December 20 becomes the circle-the-calendar date for college football programs.

'Quiet giant' leader: Richardson returns to Chicago as U faces Northwestern

Steven Richardson, a soft-spoken 6-0, 292-pound defensive tackle, expects a good turnout of family, friends and "even past teachers all the way from elementary school" for the Gophers-Northwestern game.

Signs point to medical redshirt for Gophers star safety Winfield

Winfield, who originally hurt the hamstring Aug. 8 in training camp, hasn't played since the first quarter of the fourth game of the season.

Gophers' Fleck, Northwestern's Fitzgerald go way back in coaching

The two met for lunch in Evanston, Ill., in 2007, when Fleck was a first-year wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois and wanted to pick Fitzgerald's brain for coaching tips and knowledge.

Demry Croft, Rodney Smith earn Big Ten honors for Gophers

When a quarterback rushes for nearly 200 yards and a running back piles up almost 300 all-purpose yards, people take notice.And that's exactly what happened…

Gophers notes: Croft, Smith rack up the yards

Rodney Smith piled up a career-best 279 all-purpose yards vs. Nebraska while quarterback Demry Croft added 183 on the ground.

Minnesota vs. Nebraska: The Gophers will win Saturday if ...

The Cornhuskers have ditched high preseason hopes and are just trying to get to six wins to make a bowl game. That won't be easy.

Here's why Fleck wants '125 Blake Cashmans' on Gophers roster

Coach P.J. Fleck sees Cashman as an example of what he wants in every player, which is why he's been earning more playing time with the Gophers.