Minnesota holds off Syracuse, moves to 4-0

Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns and the Minnesota defense showed it is no longer the pushover it has been for decades in a 17-10 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night. The Golden Gophers forced four turnovers and Max Shortell threw for 231 yards in place of injured starter MarQueis Gray to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Minnesota 14, Syracuse 3

Donnell Kirkwood led Minnesota in the quarter. He ran for 34 yards and one touchdown, and the Golden Gophers now lead 14-3. Minnesota opened up the lead, 14-3, after marching down the field for a 12-play, 87-yard drive that ended when Kirkwood pounded in a one-yard touchdown run.

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2nd Quarter Recap: Minnesota 7, Syracuse 3

Minnesota and Syracuse combined for a total of no points and one turnover in a sloppy second quarter and the margin is still four, as the Golden Gophers lead 7-3.

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1st Quarter Recap: Minnesota 7, Syracuse 3

Minnesota got things going through the air, passing for 91 yards in the quarter, and the Golden Gophers lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota scored when Donnell Kirkwood ran two yards to paydirt to put the finishing touches on a five-play, 58-yard drive, giving the Golden Gophers the game’s first lead. The key play on Minnesota’s drive was Antonio Johnson’s 40-yard pass to Devin Crawford-Tufts.

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Big Ten Connect: Great fan photos from Twitter

Earlier this fall we launched BTN Connect, a great place to go during Saturday football games to track the Twitter conversations surrounding your teams, vote in TV polls, and find out what names are trending. For instance, when Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell made the leap (see video in this post), his name took off on Twitter.

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