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Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

Gophers stockpile two-point plays for NCAA's new overtime rules

Coach P.J. Fleck said his team used last Saturday's, nine-overtime Illinois-Penn State game as a teaching tool.

Why did Fleck pump the Gophers' brakes in first half vs. Maryland?

The Gophers coach made a point to explain Monday during his weekly news conference and said many of his beliefs come from former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

Football basics keep Gophers moving forward

Gophers Insider: A familiar formula — a strong run game, a stout run defense and huge time-of-possession advantage — led to Minnesota's third consecutive Big Ten victory.

The replay: Gophers 34, Maryland 16

A look back at Minnesota's victory over Maryland and ahead to Saturday's game at Northwestern.

Make way: Gophers plow through Maryland for 34-16 victory, keep pace in West

Ky Thomas and Mar'Keise "Bucky'' Irving each rushed for more than 100 yards as Minnesota won its third consecutive Big Ten game and moved into a first-place tie with Iowa atop the West Division.

Gophers guard Olson sets starts record on line's big day

Sixth-year senior Conner Olson made his school-best 52nd consecutive start in Saturday's win over Maryland.

Gophers-Maryland game recap

A quick look at Saturday's Gophers victory.

Gophers look to stretch Big Ten win streak to three vs. Maryland

Wins over Purdue and Nebraska have Minnesota in contention in the Big Ten West Division.

Gophers vs. Maryland: 3 story lines, 2 key matchups, 1 prediction

With Chris Autman-Bell healthy, the Gophers have been clicking offensively, while Maryland's receiver health has gone the other direction.

Maryland again? Gophers, Terrapins meet for sixth straight year

Maryland might be in a different division than Minnesota, but the schedule keeps bringing them together. And P.J. Fleck is 1-3 against the eastern foe.