Minnesota Gopher defense shows up big in win over Kent State

It was a beautiful fall day in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Golden Gophers hosted the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 19, 2015. The Gophers defeated Kent State 10-7 in an anemic offensive performance juxtaposed by solid, no stellar, defensive play.

Minnesota was looking to build confidence heading into the Big Ten conference play, their defense answered in convincing fashion, shutting out the Kent State offense and allowing less than 150 yards of total offense. The Kent State offense played just three of their 59 plays in the Minnesota half yet lost by just three points.

The Gopher offense, on the other hand, while amassing 288 yards of total offense, looked lost. Kent State’s only points came when Kent State CB Demetrius Monday stripped Minnesota Rashad Still and ran the ball back for a touchdown. Leidner and WR KJ Maye connected for a first half touchdown and kicker Ryan Santoso made 1/2 field goals. The Gophers were held scoreless in the 2nd half.

Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill was not too pleased with the overall performance although he did praise the defense. He would not discuss individual player issues until he looked at the tape but it was clear that he was unhappy with the general play of the offense.

The Gophers will host Ohio on Saturday September 26, 2015 on homecoming. They will undoubtedly try to kick start the offense.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for more news and photos from the Gophers this season.

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