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 Matt Blewett

Minnesota Gophers Volleyball earns bid to Final Four with UCLA win

Minnesota Gophers Volleyball earns bid to Final Four with UCLA win

The Minnesota Gophers Women's Volleyball advances to final four with win over UCLA

The Minnesota Gophers defeat the UCLA Bruins in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) and advance to the NCAA Volleyball Final Four.  This will be the second straight year that they have made the semifinals and they will be playing for a shot at the title in Canton, Ohio next weekend.

 Matt Blewett

Minnesota defeats Hawaii to advance in NCAA Volleyball tournament

Minnesota defeats Hawaii to advance in NCAA Volleyball tournament

The Minnesota Gophers volleyball team advances to the next round of NCAA Women’s Volleyball Playoffs with a win against Hawaii on December 3, 2016 at the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. Minnesota will host Missouri at 7:15 on Friday, December 8, followed by the second game of the NCAA Minneapolis […]

 Matt Blewett

Minnesota defeats North Dakota, advances to round two

Minnesota defeats North Dakota, advances to round two

The University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated North Dakota in three sets on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Gophers advance to the second round of the NCAA Volleyball finals with a three-set win over the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota.  The Gophers remain unbeaten this year at home and will face Hawaii on Saturday, the winner will advance to the round of 16.

 Matt Blewett

Minnesota Gophers’ seniors end home play with win over Northwestern

Minnesota Gophers’ seniors end home play with win over Northwestern

The Minnesota Gophers defeat the Northwestern Wildcats 29-12 on a freezing November 19, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and sit at 8-3 on the year. Their next (and final of the regular season) test will be at Wisconsin next weekend.

The game was Senior Day, the final home game of 2016.  One strange statistic that came out of the game was that Minnesota improved to 6-1 in 2016 when losing the coin toss. Mitch Leidner had a great final game at TCF Bank Stadium, completing 14 passes for 197 yards, scoring a touchdown through the […]

 Matt Blewett

Huskers defense smothers Gopher offense in second half win

Huskers defense smothers Gopher offense in second half win

The Minnesota Gophers’ struggles continue as the offense is held scoreless in the second half of a 24-17 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium with 90,456 attending, in Lincoln, NE on November 12, 2016.

Minnesota scored on the opening drive of the game when running back Rodney Smith trotted, untouched, into the end zone after a 14 play drive that went 75 yards, taking 7:27 minutes.  Minnesota’s drive was extended twice on Nebraska penalties.  The first was an illegal formation penalty on 4th and one that gave Minnesota a […]

 Matt Blewett

Gophers vs Boilermakers: A tale of two offenses

Gophers vs Boilermakers: A tale of two offenses

Gophers defeat Purdue 44-31 at TCF Bank Stadium on Military Appreciation Day, November 5, 2016.

Minnesota Gophers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 44-31 in front of almost 43,000 fans on a perfectly sunny day at TCF Bank Staduim Nov. 5, 2016 in the 72nd meeting between the teams.  The Gophers improve their all-time record against Purdue, which now stands at 37-32-3 all-time.  Pre-game featured a military appreciation ceremony that included a […]

 Matt Blewett

Sophomore kicker saves the day on homecoming

Sophomore kicker saves the day on homecoming

The Minnesota Gophers narrowly escape homecoming defeat on the leg of Sophomore Emmit Carpenter in the waning seconds putting them over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 34-32 on October 22, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

After scoring 21 of the game’s first 24 points in the first quarter, it looked like the Minnesota Gophers would roll to victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the homecoming game 2016 on the University of Minnesota campus. Rutgers would score 21 of the next 24 games, capped off by an interception returned 55 […]

 Matt Blewett

Minnesota loses to Iowa on late defensive mishap, crushed Gophers leave field in silence

Minnesota loses to Iowa on late defensive mishap, crushed Gophers leave field in silence

In the last several years of covering Gophers football we have experienced many Gopher defeats, but never have we witnessed the silent walk to the locker room that happened Saturday after a late loss to Iowa.  There was no noise save the clatter of cleats on the concrete tunnel…not even a sneeze. It was a […]

 Matt Blewett

Minnesota Gophers silence Rams in final non-conference test

Minnesota Gophers silence Rams in final non-conference test

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team ends the 2016 non-conference schedule a perfect 3-0 as it prepares for the Big Ten schedule. Big hits on defense and an improved offense look to be their strong points in 2016.

The Minnesota Gophers, coming off their bye-week, finish their non-conference schedule a perfect 3-0, defeating the Colorado State Rams 31-24, as they prepare to face the Penn State in their first Big Ten game of the 2016 season. The Gophers scored four touchdowns, all on the ground with quarterback Mitch Leidner kicking off the scoring […]

 Matt Blewett

Gophers level Sycamores despite sloppy play

Gophers level Sycamores despite sloppy play

The Minnesota Gophers defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 58-28 in second game on Sept. 10, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers welcomed the Indiana State Sycamores to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their second game of the year.  The Gophers cut and slashed the Sycamore defense in a 58-28 win, the biggest win since Minnesota defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 63-26 a decade ago. Minnesota’s offense was adequate against the Missouri […]

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