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Gophers dominate Middle Tennessee, but endure bumps along the way

The Gophers rolled to a 34-3 victory at TCF Bank Stadium but running backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith played a combined one half of football.


Loss of starting QB Stockstill hurt Middle Tennessee's chances vs. Gophers

Brent Stockstill is in his third year as a starter for the Blue Raiders and has passed for 7,714 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career. His absence was a big blow Saturday for the visitors to TCF Bank Stadium.


Gophers' Winfield primed for challenge vs. MTSU's 100-catch receiver

Rickie James, the Blue Raiders' best player, can score from anywhere on the field. Antoine Winfield Jr., the Gophers' best defensive back will spend the day trying to prevent that.


What does Fleck mean when he says Gophers should grow 'spiritually'?

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck isn't endorsing religion; he hopes his players 'believe in something bigger.'


The Call: Gophers will beat Middle Tennessee on Saturday if ...

Breaking down Saturday's game at TCF Bank Stadium.


Croft sidelined over 'personal issues'; Green expected to back up Rhoda

Demry Croft is the second player coach P.J. Fleck has sat in his first year in Minnesota. "If you can't abide by the culture, you're not going to play," Fleck said.


Future Gophers football schedules have big changes, including opener against Ohio State

Coming soon to Gophers football: An Ohio State season opener at TCF Bank Stadium, early October rivalry games against Wisconsin and nonconference games mixed into the Big Ten schedule


Rhoda grabs U starting job after impressive game at Oregon State

Conor Rhoda will have three starts and a bye week under his belt before the Big Ten season begins with a visit from Maryland on Sept. 30.


Rhoda shines at QB, Gophers execute 'perfectly' in rout over Oregon State

The Gophers forced three turnovers and got long-yardage plays on the ground and through the air against the Beavers en route to a 48-14 romp at Oregon State.


The Call: Gophers defense should lead the way against Oregon State

A breakdown of Saturday night's game in Corvallis, Ore.