Bennett's late runs lift Gophers past Northern Illinois

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 30, 2008, titled Bennett's late runs lift Gophers past Northern Illinois. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Who would have thought the University of Minnesota football team would have relied on its defense to keep it in the game Saturday against Northern Illinois? The defense deserved much of the blame for the ...

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Really Fuller

New York, NY

#1 Aug 30, 2008
i didnt see the game (live on East Coast) but they may never win again? Bold statement for a moron.
Goldy1

Eden Prairie, MN

#2 Aug 30, 2008
Sorry to say this, but Ryan Collado does not have the talent nor athleticism to play at this level of football. Many of us were willing to give him some benefit of the doubt last season based on several factors, but he showed tonight that he cannot be an effective player, again, at this level. I'm sure he's a fine young man and student, but Brewster needs to sit him and find a suitable replacement from the bench, asap.
Ken in Pa

State College, PA

#3 Aug 30, 2008
Good recap. Very fair. If it weren't for the two big plays given up, NIU would have had only about 220 yards of offense. The D played much better than the stats are going to show, but we still need a nickel defense. One more d-back, maybe Stoudemire or Cooper? and we're there.
Wow

Duluth, MN

#4 Aug 30, 2008
The Gophs (have to remind you this IS a Big Ten team we are discussing in this forum) were excited to barely beat NIU. Enjoy the victory, I guess.
ViKING

United States

#5 Aug 30, 2008
What a team and what a program! NOT. A pathetic performance by an inept pass defense. Maybe a couple more wins this year, but surely another last place finish in the BT
SoCal Gopher

United States

#6 Aug 30, 2008
This was a fun game but one that the Gophers should have won something like 30-16 or 34-20 and not make it suspenseful. The team still has too many left over players from last year's team of head cases. They still do not know how to win as they should. I am pulling for them but it is tough with here in California with USC, UCLA, Cal, Fresno State, etc. Will be very interesting to see how they mature as the season goes on. Next week will be a true litmus test and God forbid the what the outcome will be against The Ohio State University. However, I would love to see this team turn it on and kick some butt from here on.
jr in stp

Lakeville, MN

#7 Aug 31, 2008
Ewww....at least those pesky Huskies didn't score a touchdown before the Golden Gopher Marching Band finished playing the National Anthem....I don't think the rest of the Big 10 teams we face this season will be as kind.
Rick

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Aug 31, 2008
How can you find anything good about last night. Barely beating a team that would have a hard time beating St. John's. Brewster cannot coach. And now the Gophers can join the Vikings as having some of the the ugliest uniforms in the country.
tHe ClOwn PrinCE

Bellevue, NE

#9 Aug 31, 2008
looks to be another long year.
jr in stp

Lakeville, MN

#10 Aug 31, 2008
Yeah. A brand new stadium. And no team.
Lou Holtz

Duluth, MN

#11 Aug 31, 2008
My family and I went to the game last night and it was fun to see the enthusiasm in the crowd. Offense REALLY struggled and didn't give me much to cheer about, but the defense was getting to the ball and hitting hard. Gave up big plays, but that often comes by being over-aggressive. I am not saying Rose Bowl (or any bowl for that matter), but things looked much better than last year's start.

Bowling Green will be looking ahead to their game with Boise State and could be upset.

Long story short, I am encouraged and so should the rest of us.....
ViKING

United States

#12 Aug 31, 2008
Lou Holtz wrote:
My family and I went to the game last night and it was fun to see the enthusiasm in the crowd. Offense REALLY struggled and didn't give me much to cheer about, but the defense was getting to the ball and hitting hard. Gave up big plays, but that often comes by being over-aggressive. I am not saying Rose Bowl (or any bowl for that matter), but things looked much better than last year's start.
Bowling Green will be looking ahead to their game with Boise State and could be upset.
Long story short, I am encouraged and so should the rest of us.....
You couldnt have been watching the same game I did. The defense was awful against the pass and outside of the the last drive the offense sputtered. they will get crushed in the BT. Brewster won't be around long in the new stadium
WOW

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Aug 31, 2008
This team gets a new stadium and the Vikes have to wait? What a joke. They are an embarrassment. Brewster sucks as a coach. At least Mason kept us competitive within the division.
Murrie Doormat

Cottage Grove, MN

#14 Aug 31, 2008
SoCal Gopher wrote:
This was a fun game but one that the Gophers should have won something like 30-16 or 34-20 and not make it suspenseful. The team still has too many left over players from last year's team of head cases. They still do not know how to win as they should. I am pulling for them but it is tough with here in California with USC, UCLA, Cal, Fresno State, etc. Will be very interesting to see how they mature as the season goes on. Next week will be a true litmus test and God forbid the what the outcome will be against The Ohio State University. However, I would love to see this team turn it on and kick some butt from here on.
30-16 or 34-20 to get wins like that, they would have to play, the School for the Blind!
gopherfever

Chaska, MN

#15 Aug 31, 2008
We do not know after one game whether there has been significant improvement. But some of you disrespect MAC teams as if they are glorified D-II teams. They're not. Just ask Pittsburgh. NIU may not win their conference, but they are much improved from last year. You take the win and move on. Anyone who attended the game would agree that college football beats any other spectator sport for sheer entertainment value.

And Viking, go back to cheering your badgers. Your bias is obvious.
Richie-Rich

Cottage Grove, MN

#16 Aug 31, 2008
It's hard to believe a team who is use to winning and being somewhat competitive in the Big Ten can all of a sudden look like a bunch of J.V. scrubs ..... As much as I DON'T miss Mason and that stupid look on his face after finding a way to **** a big game away ...... I DO miss watching a competitive football team who won the games they should have and kept it close to those they were underdogs to......... It just makes no sense that Brewster inherited the same team Mason had and wins 1 game..... Gonna be a long season! GO GOPHERS!
Jim Beam

South Saint Paul, MN

#17 Aug 31, 2008
Richie-Rich wrote:
It just makes no sense that Brewster inherited the same team Mason had and wins 1 game..... Gonna be a long season! GO GOPHERS!
You show your ignorance and lack of college football knowledge in this post. Watch Michigan struggle this year with MUCH better athletes than Minnesota has under a new coaching staff with new schemes. Your assumption that because Mason regularly got his 6 wins is exactly what was wrong with this program. There was no pressure on him to do more. I am not sold on Brewster yet, but please have a clue on how this stuff works.
The Loon

Mississauga, Canada

#18 Aug 31, 2008
I saw one bad defensive player who gave up two huge plays. I also saw a very weak running game and one horrible job of blocking on the punt team.

If the team does not improve in those areas they will not win a lot of games against this easy schedule.

But, the game was won and that is ALWAYS better than a loss. Additionally, the BG win over Pitt flattered BG. Additional good news was the apparant lack of injuries. One game at a time.
The Loon

Mississauga, Canada

#19 Aug 31, 2008
Jim Beam, you are wrong. The tried and true method of determining the quality of our football program is Big Ten wins against real Big Ten teams. Until Brewster wins those games it can not be said that he or anyone else is as good as Mason. Additionally, the Grey story will not float here. My best guess is we are heading towards an Iowa mess if we continue to recruit only "speed, speed and more speed". I will drop my season tickets if the program continues to place the need for speed over the need for quality young men.
inaz

Tucson, AZ

#21 Aug 31, 2008
Why did the powers that be hire Brewster? This guy is Wacker reincarnated... now that the Gophs got the stadium its time to suck again and not pay for a top level talent in a coach. I actually miss Glenn Mason, and I never, ever thought I would say that! Brewster might must be this wondrous recruiter but I'll be dammed if Mason's teams weren't a million times BETTER COACHED TO WIN GAMES! Kinda of a push, or slightly in Favor of the Mase, wouldn't you say?

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