Gophers top Hoosiers, 16-7

Gophers top Hoosiers, 16-7

There are 10 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 4, 2008, titled Gophers top Hoosiers, 16-7. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Eric Decker tied a school record with 13 catches for 190 yards and withstood a vicious blow to the head in the fourth quarter to get coach Tim Brewster his first career Big Ten victory in Minnesota's 16-7 win ...

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Scruffy

United States

#1 Oct 4, 2008
Looking fwd to all the "Indiana is a cupcake game" talk. It's a Big Ten win. It's what they needed and it's what they got. Did they look unbeatable? No of course not. It was however A BIG TEN WIN.
andy g

Roswell, GA

#3 Oct 4, 2008
The Hoosiers pinned 29 pts on Mich State. Michigan St is 5-1 with a win over Iowa in there as well as Notre Dame (I know they suck, but they beat Michigan..) This wasn't exactly our dads Indiana..they actually have a decent offense. Gopher defense shows signs of coming around. Keep in mind that we beat a fairly decent Bowling Green team at their yard, who beat Pitt who knocked off the 10th ranked team in the country (South Fla..who barely beat Fla Intl...)in their yard Thursday night. So they may have a sneaky chance of beating Michigan, Purdue, and Iowa. We dodge MSU & Penn St this year. Illinois may be a bit too tough, but they struggled against Missouri and Louisianna Monroe..Wisconsin is too tough, but looked mortal against Fresno, who barely beat Toledo who lost large to Florida International..who basically sucks. College football is strange this year..the Gophs could go 9-3 or finish 5-7..either way, today they played well on the defensive side of the ball agaist a big play offense and got 4 takeaways. Nice job Coach Roof. Since I bemoaned the lack of fundamental soundness last year in a series of nasty posts directed at Brewsters staff and their lack of sound defensive fundamental skills, I should at least note the improvement..particularily at the perimeter of the defense, they try contain much better and are showing a willingness to breakdown and tackle soundly. Can't complain about the difference in athletism..that is kids choice, but the kids we are getting are beginning to look like they are getting sound coaching this year. With the "weaker" Big 10 schedule we got, 4-4 in the conference should be a realistic goal. 5-3 would exceedall expectations for this group of players.
Minnesotan in Omaha

Omaha, NE

#4 Oct 4, 2008
I can only say they are WAY better than last year adn that is a good thing. I want to wish the Gophers continued success. I can't wait to go see a game in the new stadium. I drove by it a couple months ago and it looks very impressive. As an Alum, I am always a Gopher fan, always will be. I lopve the Campus, it is one of the neatest ones I have ever been to. Better than Nebraska, better tha Iowa or Iowa State, INFINITELY Better than the University of Cheese Doodles in Madtown, WI. GO GOPHERS!!!!
George the Genius

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Oct 4, 2008
With a loss or two by the top ranked teams I could see a possible national championship for this up and coming powerhouse.
DD Austin

United States

#6 Oct 4, 2008
The Gophers don't always gave to win pretty. When you look at the scoreboard, all that counts is seeing the "W" posted for Minnesota! Congratulations Coach Brewster - congratulations Gophers coaches and team! Keep it going!!:)
DD Austin

United States

#7 Oct 4, 2008
The post should have said they don't HAVE to always win pretty. As long as they get the "W" great!!
GolferJL

United States

#8 Oct 4, 2008
I saw the game live and in person. The Gopher defense is so much better than I can ever remember. They could stop the run, but never the pass until this year. I see defenders actually turning and looking for the ball instead of running downfield with their backs to the QB. Today was an important victory for this team. Now if they could only get the offensive line going and protecting the QB better. Weber was running for his life almost every time he passed. Jammie Kirlew (#57) owned the Gopher front line. Besides the stats in the story he forced Weber to run out of the pocket many times plus he must have been in at least 10 or more tackles on running plays and he is only a junior. He will be a 1st round NFL pick unless he is injured in the future. Easily the best player on the field for either team. We sit around the 35 about 16 rows up and I had my binoc's on him and the Gopher's double teaming him could not stop his rushes no matter where Indiana had him lined up. Outside left, outside right, in the middle, it did not matter. As much as I am a long time suffering Gopher Football supporter, I still enjoy watching both teams play and love to watch a potential future superstar, that I expect will happen to him.
Josh S

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Oct 4, 2008
Well, I'll gladly eat crow if Brewster manages to lead this team to a decent season. 7-5 seems within reach the way they've been playing, and I'd be OK with that. I never would have believed it two months ago... but on the other hand, that's only because last year was so awful.
George the Genius

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Oct 4, 2008
I didn't let last season sway me in any way. Brewster inherited Mason's team and had hardly anytime to recruit. Obviously they're not there yet, but I believe finally that they're headed in the right direction. Just think if Sam was manning the middle.
andy g

Roswell, GA

#11 Oct 6, 2008
George the Genius wrote:
I didn't let last season sway me in any way. Brewster inherited Mason's team and had hardly anytime to recruit. Obviously they're not there yet, but I believe finally that they're headed in the right direction. Just think if Sam was manning the middle.
..just to be fair..what was Masons last two years W/L records? To see what upheaval changing from a traditional offense (and those players) to a spread read option (current model) look no farther than to Michigan..they are on suicide watch in Ann Arbor as Rodriguez turns Michigan into West Virginia. Do you think that 5-7 will play well there? They probably already miss Lloyd Carr. OSU, as miserable as they are this year (for an OSU team) could put 50 on Michigan. Illinois almost did it Saturday. They haven't mastered playing the read option and certainly haven't mastered stopping it as Utah and Illlinois pointed out to them. The Gophers did a nice job defending the RO on Saturday and the pressure will be on them the rest of the year until the Iowa game as Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue deploy some variation of that offense and play it well. Go Maroon!

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