College Football Saturday: Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson The Biggest Winners

The season's first on-campus, top-five matchup -- between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 5 FSU -- made it feel like college football is here here now. Scroll down for the complete TV schedule, or just print it out right here.

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Utah Vs. BYU Final Score: John White, Utes Raise Hell On Cougs, 54-10

The latest playing of a rivalry in danger due to conference realignment went heavily in the favor of the school now in the Pac-12. The Utah Utes took advantage of an early Jake Heaps fumble for a quick score and never looked back, rolling up a 54-10 win against their archrivals.

Running back John White was unstoppable for the Utes, racking up 174 yards and three touchdowns -- all of them after BYU was already down by 14. Jordan Wynn struggled at times, throwing a pick and barely more than 50 percent completions.

Still, you don't need a whole lot from your quarterback when your opponent fumbles six times -- and loses all six fumbles. Losing four out of six fumbles would be bad luck, but six? Maybe Somebody's trying to tell us something about this rivalry.

For more on the Holy War, head to Utah Utes blog Block U and BYU blog Vanquish The Foe.

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Oklahoma State Vs. Tulsa Final Score: Weather-delayed Cowboys Rumble Anyway

Did you stay up and watch the Oklahoma St. Cowboys beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricane? Very few people did, as the game's start time was delayed until after midnight on the east coast due to weather that sounds far worse than a golden hurricane does. Anyway, Okie State won.

Brandon Weeden continued his statistical onslaught, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, but he did it this time without very much from Justin Blackmon. The star receiver had only 57 yards, breaking his streak of 100-yard games, as Josh Cooper led the Cowboys with 78 receiving. Joseph Randle pitched in 137 total yards from scrimmage.

This one wasn't ever in doubt -- it was 21-3 Oklahoma State by the beginning of the second quarter. Next week's matchup won't be quite so easy, with Texas A&M set to challenge the Cowboys.

For more on this game, head to Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride For Free.

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Stanford Vs. Arizona Final Score: Cardinal Roll, But Win May Be Costly

The Stanford Cardinal remained undefeated on Saturday night, opening Pac-12 play with a 37-10 win over Arizona. But the win may prove costly going forward as Stanford was bit hard by the injury bug. In the first half alone, Shayne Skov, Chris Owusu and Coby Fleener all left the game, and one injury may be long-term.

Skov went down with a nasty left knee injury early, going down awkwardly while making a tackle. Though no update on his status has been provided, he was seen lying on the training table through the game with his knee heavily wrapped. It could be bad news for the Cardinal, who rely on Skov to be an anchor on the defensive side of the ball.

Andrew Luck was solid as usual, throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Jordan Williamson and Jeremy Stewart each rushed for touchdowns, coming in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz were the recipients of Luck's touchdown passes.

Juron Criner was the only Wildcat to find the end zone, hauling in a six-yard pass from Nick Foles in the third quarter. Foles finished with 239 yards and a touchdown through the air while Criner finished with 48 yards and a score on six catches.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule Of Tree and Arizona blog Arizona Desert Storm. Check out Pacific Takes for more on the entire Pac-12.

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Syracuse Vs. USC Final Score: Matt Barkley Throws Five TDs in 38-17 Trojans Victory

Whether the Syracuse Orange move to the ACC in the future is the hot rumor of the moment, there was no such commotion over a possible victory over USC on Saturday night. The Trojans easily handled the Orange, 38-17. Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley tied a career high with five touchdowns passes in the game. He was 26-of-39 for 324 yards.

Barkley's favorite receiving option was sophomore Robert Woods, who caught eight passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. Woods' touchdown (31 yards) was one of three by Barkley that was longer than 30 yards. Marqise Lee and Randall Telfer caught a 43-yard and a 44-yarder, respectively.

Syracuse held a 3-0 lead in the fourth quarter and kept things interesting when a wide receiver-to-wide receiver touchdown play happened in the third quarter. However, USC's defense did its job and kept the Orange out of the end zone for the most part (Syracuse did have a late touchdown in the final quarter).

USC takes to the road next week against Arizona State. Syracuse hosts the Toledo Rockets.

For more news, notes and local angles on this game, visit our Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and our USC blog Conquest Chronicles. To catch up on all of college football's Week 3 scores, stick with our constantly updated StoryStream.

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Oklahoma Vs. FSU Final Score: Sooners Firm Up Grip On No. 1 Ranking

The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 5 Florida St. Seminoles played a brutal, hard-hitting game that ended in a 23-13 victory for Landry Jones and company. It was rarely pretty, but anybody who thought Oklahoma's Big 12 defense couldn't outbrawl a talented opponent must have been impressed.

After backup FSU quarterback Clint Trickett fired a third-and-28 touchdown to Rashad Greene to knot it up at 13-all, the Sooners responded quickly. Jones bombed a 37-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills, who made his second amazing catch of the night. After the score, he held up a one and a two with his hands, a show of recognition for late teammate Austin Box.

On the Noles' opportunity to tie it back up, Trickett had a pass tipped by a linebacker that led to Javon Harris' second interception of the game. With five minutes left, OU looked to be in good condition and set about whittling down the clock.

The Sooners started letting the clock run all the way down on each snap, sending Dominique Whaley up the middle repeatedly, acquiring two first downs before FSU started using their time outs. With two minutes left, Jimmy Stevens kicked a worrying knuckler over the bar to make it 23-13, Oklahoma.

A stern pass rush by Oklahoma didn't give Trickett much of a chance to reverse FSU's fortunes, and the game of the early season was won.

For further reading, news, discussion and more: Check out Oklahoma Sooners blog Crimson and Cream Machine and FSU blog Tomahawk Nation.

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Alabama Vs. North Texas Final Score: Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy Chew Up Ground In 41-0 Crimson Tide Victory

North Texas is called the Mean Green, but they might be green with envy after their 41-0 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. What team wouldn't want to pick up a victory by that margin?

For the Crimson Tide, this game was the Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy show. Both runners topped 150 yards and averaged over a first down and one-half per rush. Richardson (11 carries, 167 yards) found the end zone three times, including runs of 58 and 71 yards. He averaged 15.2 yards a carry.

Eddie Lacy didn't want to be left out of the party, which led him to 161 yards on nine carries, a 17.9 average. He was aided in large part by a 43-yard run and a 67-yard one, the latter the final score of the game.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron had a quiet night, completing 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards. He will lead his team against Arkansas next week.

For more on the Crimson Tide, visit our Alabama blog Roll 'Bama Roll. Stick with our Week 3 StoryStream for college football updates.

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Miami Vs. Ohio State Final Score: Hurricanes Shut Down Buckeyes, Win 17-6

It was a great day for the Miami defense, as they man handled the Buckeyes, and helped the Hurricanes defeat Ohio State, 17-6.

The Buckeye passing game was non-existent today, as quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller combined for 35 yards on just four completions, while also throwing an interception. The Buckeye running game did play better, with 37 rushes for 165 yards, however, they couldn’t find the endzone all game.

The Hurricane offense was very productive today, with running back Lamar Miller leading the way. Miller ran over the Buckeye D and had 26 rushes for 184 yards. Miami totaled 240 yards on 42 rushes.

Hurricane quarterback threw two touchdown passes to Allen Hurns, who led all wide receivers with 54 yards. Harris ended the game sixteen of 23 for 123 yards with two interceptions and the two TD passes.

Visit our Along the Olentangy blog and our The 7th Floor blog for local angles on the game. For more Week 3 action in college football, stick with our constantly updated StoryStream.

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Arizona State Vs. Illinois Final Score: Illini Edge Sun Devils, 17-14, Win 1st Game Against Ranked Team In Four Years

The Illinois Fighting Illini held a halftime lead over the Arizona St. Sun Devils, but then saw that slip away at the start of the fourth quarter when Brock Osweiler rushed for the Sun Devils' go-ahead touchdown. However, Osweiler's counterpart, Nathan Scheelhaase took advantage of an Arizona State pass interference penalty a couple of series later to move to the Sun Devils' 26-yard line. After picking up another set of down, Scheelhaase connected with A.J. Jenkins for the 16-yard score, the 17-14 lead and the eventual victory.

This was Illinois first win over a ranked team (Arizona State was No. 22) for the first time in four years. Arizona State's Osweiler completed 25-of-45 passes, but he threw two interceptions. They will face the USC Trojans at home next week.

The Illini host Western Michigan at home for their next game. The Broncos destroyed Central Michigan, 44-14, this week, but Illinois isn't going to be a pushover.

Visit our Arizona State blog House of Sparky and our Illinois blog Hail to the Orange for local angles on the game. For more Week 3 action in college football, stick with our constantly updated StoryStream.

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Florida Vs. Tennessee Final Score: Gators Win In Will Muschamp's First SEC Game

Florida has its first SEC win under Will Muschamp. But the 33-23 triumph the Gators scored against Tennessee in The Swamp was not nearly as easy as it could have been.

The Gators survived a sloppy second half that included two Tyler Bray touchdown passes — Tennessee's quarterback had three for the game — and the lion's share of their staggering 15 penalties.

But Tennessee had virtually no answer for Chris Rainey, Florida's dynamic speedster. Rainey rushed for 108 yards on a career-high 21 carries, added the longest touchdown reception in school history on an 83-yard catch-and-run, and blocked the fifth punt of his college career, and all of that despite briefly heading to the sideline with an apparent shoulder injury.

Tennessee sorely missed its best offensive weapon, Justin Hunter, who went out with a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. Da'Rick Rogers (five catches, 62 yards, one touchdown) and Mychal Rivera (five catches, 71 yards, one touchdown) provided production, but the Vols couldn't stretch the field without their deep threat, and couldn't come back from a 30-7 hole in the third quarter because of it.

For more on Florida, head over to Alligator Army; for more on the Vols, check out Rocky Top Talk. For more on the SEC, visit Team Speed Kills. Stay tuned to our college football Week 3 StoryStream for up-to-the-minute updates from around the nation.


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Virginia Tech Vs. Arkansas State Final Score: Hokies Thaw Out Red Wolves

The Virginia Tech Hokies defense again took care of business against an overmatched opponent, limiting Arkansas State to 273 total yards in a 26-7 VT win. The Hokies are now averaging only 10 points allowed per game this season, with Marshall up next.

VPI's defense accounted for as many scores as did Hugh Freeze's offense, in fact, posting a safety after Ryan Aplin gave the Red Wolves an early lead.

Arkansas State was able to keep the margin from getting out of hand by forcing Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas into a pair of interceptions. Otherwise, Thomas went 21-of-33 for  291 yards while running for 28. Danny Coale caught 128 of those yards, and David Thomas ran for 86.

Call me crazy, but I think this means Virginia Tech is better than Memphis, who Arkansas State crushed last week.

For more Hokies, head to Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country.

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Nebraska Vs. Washington Final Score: Huskers Use Strong Second Half In 51-38

At the half in Lincoln, Nebraska held a slim, 20-17 lead over the Washington Huskies and looked to be headed for a second-half dogfight. But in the span of a few minutes, Nebraska took complete control, scoring on a one-yard touchdown, recovering a fumble at the goal-line and punching it in to turn a three-point lead into a 17-point lead while putting the Huskies on their heels.

Nebraska scored 24 unanswered points to open the half, then hung on to survive a late Washington push in a 51-38 win. Washington piled on 21 points of their own in the final quarter, with Nebraska adding a touchdown for good measure to ensure the victory.

Keith Price passed for 274 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions in the loss. Price was hobbled by two bad knees, sustaining some kind of right knee injury at the hands of the Huskers to go with an existing left knee injury. Taylor Martinez completed just 10 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 83 yards and a score.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Nebraska blog Corn Nation and Washington blog UW Dawg Pound. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Michigan State Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Irish Get A Win, Beat Michigan State 31-13

At some point in the fourth quarter, even Notre Dame fans had to start feeling comfortable. After all, they had watched the Irish cough up a late lead last week against Michigan, so they were probably a bit more cautious than usual about assuming that the game had been won. But at some point -- maybe when they took a 31-13 lead? -- even the most nervous of fans had to think the Irish had it won.

A statistically dominating win, it wasn't. The best player on the field numerically was Kirk Cousins, who carved up the Notre Dame secondary as part of a 34-for-53, 329-yard day. Cousins had a touchdown and an interception on the day. His favorite target was B.J. Cunningham, who caught 12 balls for 158 yards. But it wasn't enough to overcome Notre Dame's shutting down of the running game; the Spartans managed only 29 yards on 23 carries, a 1.3 yard average.

Notre Dame's numbers on offense were more modest. Tommy Rees was 18-of-26 for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Irish ran for 114 yards on 32 carries. But it was enough for a win, which is all that really matters for Notre Dame after a rough couple of weeks.

For more on this game, head to Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Michigan State blog The Only Colors, plus SB Nation Detroit.

 


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Texas Vs. UCLA Final Score: Mack Brown Owns Rose Bowl Once More

After winning two straight Rose Bowls earlier in the decade, the Texas Longhorns have again made Pasadena feel like home. The Horns downed the UCLA Bruins 49-20, retaliating for at least a portion of those three straight blowout losses at the hands of the mighty Bruins.

It was 21-0 before UCLA got on the scoreboard, and the Bruins wouldn't come within 15 points for the rest of the competition. The Horns coasted out the victory on the legs of Malcolm Brown and others, with Brown posting 114 of Texas' 240 rushing yards.

Both teams fiddled with their quarterback presentations, but only UT's rearrangement was by design. Case McCoy and David Ash carried out their ordained rotation, though they only combined to throw 18 times. Receiver Jaxon Shipley got to throw a five-yard touchdown pass at one point too. (Wow, Garrett Gilbert is WAY down the depth chart now.)

UCLA, however, had to excuse Kevin Prince after three quick interceptions, with Richard Brehaut faring somewhat better. At least he didn't turn the ball over.

For more, pay a visit to Texas Longhorns blog Burnt Orange Nation and UCLA Bruins blog Bruins Nation, along with various other nations.


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Wisconsin Vs. Northern Illinois Final Score: Badgers Blow Out Huskies, 49-7, In Latest Barrage

Another week, another blowout for Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers. This time, it was Northern Illinois getting clocked, a 49-7 stomping at Soldier Field that saw Northern Illinois fail to score for almost the final 47 minutes of the game.

The Badgers piled up 623 yards on the day, keyed as always by Wilson. The superstar transfer quarterback was 23-of-32 passing for 347 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He rushed for 39 yards on seven carries. And Montee Ball and James White had 91 rushing yards each and three touchdowns between them. None of the eight receivers Wilson hit had more than 80 yards, which gives you an idea of how well he spreads the ball around.

NIU, for its part, could only manage 236 yards. The ground game was largely shut down, with the Huskies rushing for just 63 yards. The longest run of the day was for 15 yards. Chandler Harnish was 15-of-24 passing for 165 yards.

Wisconsin's next opponent is South Dakota. It seems unlikely that the Coyotes will be the one to stop the Badgers onslaught.

For more on Wisconsin's big win, head over to Bucky's 5th Quarter. NIU fans can consider the team's loss at Red And Black Attack. And stay with our gameday college football stream to see all the news and scores.

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TCU Vs. ULM Final Score: Frogs Survive Upset Scare, Maybe Not Realignment Scare

The TCU Horned Frogs let the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks get out to a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, but tightened up on their way to a 38-17 victory. For a moment there it looked like it might be a terrible day all around for TCU -- which might be about to find itself without a stable conference for the future -- so let's feel happy that the Frogs pulled it together.

Josh Boyce was the star for TCU, catching 134 of Casey Pachall's 204 passing yards and his only touchdown toss. The Frogs gave up 314 yards and turned the ball over twice, but managed to hold ULM to 4.6 yards per play.  

The box score might not present all that impressive of a victory over a weaker foe, but the final score looks nice. And it certainly could've been more suspenseful.

For more, stop by TCU blog Frogs O' War.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Final Score: Mountaineers Escape With 37-31 Win

West Virginia fans couldn't really begin to breathe easily until Eain Smith picked off Danny O'Brien for the Maryland quarterback's third interception of the afternoon. At that point, West Virginia was able to kneel out the clock and escape with a 37-31 victory.

It shouldn't have been that close; Maryland led 34-10 at one point. But three unanswered touchdowns by Maryland turned a laugher into a close game.

Geno "Genocide" Smith was 36-of-49 for 388 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Smith's favorite target was Tavon Austin, who had 11 catches for 122 yards, but he was one of just three receivers with 100 yards through the air. Stedman Bailey had eight grabs for 113 yards and a touchdown, and Ivan McCartney caught eight passes for 101 yards. The Moutaineers were held to 84 yards -- even before a few kneel-downs to kill clock -- and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. They didn't have a carry for more than 10 yards in the game.

Maryland, meanwhile, churned out yardage and points through the land and the air. O'Brien was 34-of-52 for 289 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions -- one of which was the most painful. Davin Meggett's 18 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown led the way for the Terps ground attack, which gained 188 yards on the day.

West Virginia now turns its attention to LSU from the SEC. Maryland prepares for Temple, which narrowly lost to Penn State today.


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For more on the West Virginia win, visit The Smoking Musket. Join other Maryland fans in chewing over the loss at Testudo Times. And stay with our gameday college football stream to keep an eye on all the goings-on.

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Auburn Vs. Clemson Final Score: Charmed Winning Streak Ends In Death Valley

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A 17-game winning streak is something to be proud of, Auburn Tigers fans. So is a run of 14 straight wins over a local semi-rival. But the Clemson Tigers pulled away with a 38-24 victory in Death Valley, likely knocking Auburn out of the top 25 for the first time since 2009.

Tajh Boyd tore Auburn's defense to pieces, posting 386 yards and four touchdowns through the air in addition to a handful of useful runs. Clemson combined for 241 yards rushing, led by D.J. Howard's 85, while Sammy Watkins caught 10 passes for 155 yards and a pair of scores.

Auburn's offense did some damage of its own, racking up 435 yards -- only 189 shy of Clemson! -- including 151 yards from Michael Dyer. But Clemson was unstoppable on third down, converting an absurd 14 of its 18 opportunities, which helped limit Auburn's offense to only 23 minutes worth of possession.


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For more, stop by Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland and Auburn blog Track 'Em Tigers.

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Michigan Vs. Eastern Michigan Final Score: Denard Robinson Overpowers Eagles

Michigan kept things simple against their Washtenaw County neighbors, running the ball all day. Unfortunately for Eastern Michigan, knowing the plan and stopping it were two different matters. Michigan cruised to a 31-3 win.

Denard Robinson carried the ball 26 times for 198 yards and a touchdown, just two yards shy of his 11th career 200-yard game. Vincent Smith added 118 yards on nine carries, with Fitzgerald Toussaint mustering a respectable (but relatively pedestrian) 46 yards on 11 carries.

All told, Michigan ran the ball 50 times compared to just 18 pass attempts, but like last week against Notre Dame, Robinson made the most of his few completions, tallying two touchdowns among his seven completions for 98 yards.

If you thought Michigan's play-calling was imbalanced, consider that Eastern attempted just six passes the entire game. The Eagles entered the contest averaging well over 300 rushing yards a game in their first two games, and they were determined to stick with their strengths -- final score be damned. They managed 207 yards (4.5 yards per carry), but aside from giving Michigan a first-quarter scare, they were never in the game.  Javonti Greene finished with 21 carries for 80 yards, while quarterback Alex Gillett finished with 11 carries for 61 yards.


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For more on Michigan, visit Maize and Brew. For more on the MAC, check out Hustle Belt. Stay tuned to our college football Week 3 StoryStream for up-to-the-minute updates from around the nation.

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Iowa Vs. Pitt Final Score: Hawkeyes Come Back From 21 Down

The Iowa Hawkeyes trailed the Pittsburgh Panthers, 27-10, early in the fourth quarter, but then the ACCness set in for Pitt. Actually, they're still a Big East team, so the combination of Big Eastness and ACCness set in, which is even worse.

The Hawkeyes scored three unanswered touchdowns, all three passes by James Vandenberg. Kevonte Martin-Manley hauled in two of them, with Keenan Davis snagging the other. Micah Hyde picked off Tino Sunseri to seal it up, and the Hawks restored some of the vibes that had been soured by their triple-overtime loss to state rival Iowa State.

Iowa won the yardage battle, had more first downs and had two fewer turnovers, but of course it wasn't until the fourth that all those yards started to arrive. 

Vandenberg finished with 399 yards on 31-of-48 passing.

For more, visit Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants and Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

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Jerry Kill Plans To Coach Minnesota One Week After Suffering Seizure

During the Minnesota Golden Gophers' game against New Mexico State last week, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines. Kill has a history of seizures, but the one that caused him to collapse, then be taken to the hospital last Saturday was an especially bad one. Incredibly, after a five-day stay in the hospital during which he experienced additional seizures, Kill is expected to coach Minnesota Saturday against Miami of Ohio.

Kill has not yet decided whether to coach from the sidelines or the press box, but the fact that he's coaching at all is incredible. He said that the seizure was one of the worst that he's experienced and that "It's kind of knocked me out." Kill did not stay with the team in their hotel on Friday night, but took place in the Friday walkthrough and participated in meetings with his assistants.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, visit The Daily Gopher.

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