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LINCOLN, Neb. — Gophers starting quarterback Zack Annexstad suffered an internal, midsection injury Saturday, Oct. 20, and was taken to a nearby hospital at halftime of Nebraska's 53-28 win at Memorial Stadium. Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck said he saw something effecting Annexstad late in the first half. "He was coughing a lot and our trainers did a great job of jumping into action," Fleck said. Annexstad was released from the hospital and joined the team for their flight back to Minnesota on Saturday night, a team spokesman said.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Gophers and Rutgers are the only remaining winless teams in the Big Ten this season. Nebraska, which had started league play at 0-4, ran past Minnesota in a 53-28 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It was the most points Minnesota has allowed since Michigan's 58-0 win in 2011, and it was was full payback for the Gophers' 54-21 win over the Cornhuskers last year. The Gophers defense took the brunt of the blame, allowing 659 total yards, including a whopping 10 plays of 20-plus yards.
MINNEAPOLIS — The investigation into Gophers running back Shannon Brooks' fight with his male roommate is expected to conclude early next week, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis city attorney's office said Friday, Oct. 19.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Joe Moore Award has been given to college football's best offensive line each season since 2015, and the Gophers didn't earn as much as a second glance from that selection committee through the opening five games this season. After dominating New Mexico State (2-5) in the season opener, the Gophers saw the number of sacks allowed creep up each of the next four games, while they were routinely stymied on the ground, rushing for less than three yards per carry.
MINNEAPOLIS — A paper sign reading "0-0" hangs on the wall outside the Gophers football coaches' offices to signify the start of what head coach P.J. Fleck has called "Season 2." At the halfway mark of the overall campaign, Minnesota wants to reboot after a 3-3 start, which includes the current 0-3 skid in Big Ten play. The Gophers start Season 2 on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Nebraska (0-6, 0-4) in a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Gophers running back Shannon Brooks and his surgically repaired knee were cleared to play for the first time Saturday, Oct. 20, against Nebraska, but an ongoing Minneapolis city attorney's office investigation into allegations of domestic assault against him have put that season debut in serious doubt. "His status is evolving each day," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The promos started during the Vikings game last Sunday, continued through the NFL's Thursday night game and rolled into the MLB playoffs Friday night. It all seemed like commercial overkill of a nationally televised game with third-ranked Ohio State being a 29-point favorite over the under-.500 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Then the first half Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ohio Stadium held four lead changes and piqued interest of a potential monumental upset of a college football playoff contender.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Gophers defensive starters, cornerback Terell Smith and defensive tackle O.J. Smith, missed Saturday's 30-14 loss to third-ranked Ohio State with head injuries, coach P.J. Fleck said. "When anything has to do with the head, we will always be very sensitive to that," Fleck said. "Could (Terell) possibly have come back? Maybe. But I'm not going to mess with that." A third defensive player, backup end Tai'yon Devers, also missed the game, but that was Fleck's decision, according to a Gophers spokesman.
MINNEAPOLIS — Gophers rush end Carter Coughlin is tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with five sacks, but no other U defensive lineman has a single sack through five games. So, it's a mighty good thing for Minnesota that the four-star recruit from Eden Prairie, Minn., didn't capitalize on his scholarship offer to Ohio State, the Gophers' opponent at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Columbus. Coughlin arrived at Minnesota as a linebacker in 2016, then switched to defensive end last season, where he had a team highs of 6½ sacks and 11½ tackles for lost yards.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — There's one big question hanging over the Gophers men's basketball team heading into the 2018-19 season: Who will play point guard? Hall of fame coach Rick Pitino, father of Gophers coach Richard Pitino, said on a podcast last week that, now that all-Big Ten guard Nate Mason is gone, that is the one uncertain piece of Minnesota's roster.