Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining. Minnesota’s bowl skid is now at six games, with the program’s last postseason win coming back in 2004. [ MORE: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | RECAP | 2013-14 BOWL SCHEDULE | CONNECT ] BEST OF TEXAS BOWL Best play: Leading 17-14 late in the
Mitch Leidner and the Gophers did all they could to capture the program’s first bowl win since 2004, but Minnesota’s Cinderella season came to an end Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Catch up on all the stats, scores, tweets and postgame video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] SYRACUSE 21, MINNESOTA 17 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | FOLLOW LIVE (AP) Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 win over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl on
After spending the first half of Friday night’s Texas Bowl up in the booth, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has made the move down to the field and is expected to coach there for the remainder of the game. ESPN reported that Kill addressed his team at halftime and made the move down to the field in hopes of inspiring the Gophers in the second half. Minnesota currently trails Syracuse 7-3 early on in the third quarter. Here is a photo of Kill back on the Minnesota sideline.
Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill has announced that he will continue to coach from the press box in tonight’s Texas Bowl matchup against Syracuse. According to the StarTribune.com, Kill contemplated the idea of coaching from the sideline, but after a meeting late Thursday night, he decided it is best to remain in the box for the seventh consecutive game. #Gophers notes: Kill mulls over coaching from press box or sideline; he'll have a special guest visiting tonight: http://t.co/Uei2CWJw68 — JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) December 27, 2013 Kill, who hasn’t coached on the field since the Gophers’ 23-7 loss against Iowa back on
Bowl season is officially here. Can you feel it, Big Ten fans? Minnesota will kick off the Big Ten bowl season on Friday night against Syracuse in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium. The Gophers are one of seven Big Ten teams playing in bowl games this season. There has been plenty of news and notes leading up to bowl season, but what are the major storylines facing every Big Ten bowl team? Let’s have a look. Texas Bowl: Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), Dec. 27, 6 p.m. ET Major storyline: Can Minnesota take the next step? Minnesota had a
The holidays can be a time for reflection, so over Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, BTN is airing our top 10 Big Ten football game from the past season. Five games air on Tuesday and the other five air on Wednesday. Over the past week BTN viewers and BTN.com readers voted for their favorite games, then we compiled the top 10 list. RANK AIRS (all times ET) GAME | HIGHLIGHTS No. 10: Dec. 24, Noon. Nebraska at Michigan – 11/9/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS No. 9: Dec. 24, 2 p.m. Wisconsin at Ohio State – 9/28/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Minnesota was one of the best stories in the nation in 2013, showing resiliency in the face of adversity as the team dealt with health issues to Jerry Kill that forced him to leave the program at one point. The reins were handed to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who thrived as the acting head coach in keeping the team on course with Kill tending to the seizures that are brought on by his epilepsy. When Kill returned, he worked from the press box on game days. And behind a tough, physical offense and improved defense, the Gophers kept winning en
So many bowls, so little time. That’s where I come in. Think of me as your bowl concierge. Time is precious. With that said, before you go ahead and make any bowl-watching plans, check out my Best of the Big Ten Bowls list. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Best game: This will be the 100th Rose Bowl, so that’s a big posterity factor. Even better: This also may be a heck of a ballgame. Michigan State and Stanford are virtual clones in many ways. Each possesses a blue-collar quality, being built around physical offenses that like to
This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16. I guess I am a bit shocked that Ohio State isn’t No. 1 among Big Ten schools. I don’t care what metrics you use, how can the Buckeyes not be No. 1? Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter. *** The most emotional sports moment of the year?
Snow is falling on the ground and college football bowl games are still several days away. With that said, our friends over at ESPN took this opportunity to put together their first 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the year. ESPN college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay projected all 32 first round picks, based on team winning percentages through Week 15 of the NFL season. Three Big Ten standouts made the list, led by Michigan senior Taylor Lewan, who McShay has going No. 9 overall to the Buffalo Bills. “The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB