Top Ten Plays:
|#1 Gophers Hit the Road to Become Bowl Eligible
The Gophers' main goal for 2012 was to make a bowl game, and on Nov. 10 at Illinois they made that goal a reality. A key goalline stand and two touchdowns from Donnell Kirkwood gave Minnesota a 17-10 win and put them over the 6-win threshold for eligibility.
|#2 Nelson Wows in Home Debut against Purdue
Three touchdown passes, 246 yards passing and a Big Ten blowout -- not bad for your first home start at QB as a true freshman! Philip Nelson's banner day vs. Purdue during the Gophers' 44-28 win at TCF Bank Stadium Oct. 27 is #2 on our countdown.
|#3 Carter's Incredible Series vs. the Boilermakers
Michael Carter had a defensive series for the history books against Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium. With multiple pass breakups, the senior cornerback capped off a remarkable performance with an interception return for the touchdown.
|#4 Gray's 75-yard Touchdown Scramble
This MarQueis Gray 75-yard scramble against New Hampshire on Sept. 8, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium was one of the Gophers' longest plays from scrimmage in 2012.
|#5 Hill's Pick-Six against Michigan State
Linebacker Aaron Hill delivered one of the Gophers' many defensive gems of 2012 when he returned this Spartan pass 33 yards for a touchdown on Nov. 24, giving Minnesota a 7-3 lead at the time.
|#6 Kirkwood Carries the Gophers past the 'Cuse
Donnell Kirkwood's two touchdown performance against Syracuse is #6 on our Top Ten Plays of the 2012 Gopher Football season -- Kirkwood had 99 yards on 28 carries for the day.
|#7 Rabe Delivers Twice in Vegas
Senior tight end John Rabe emerged as an offensive threat for Minnesota in 2012, and his two touchdown catches in overtime during the Gophers' season-opening 30-27 win over UNLV on Aug. 30 were a sign of things to come!
|#8 Gray Powers Through Northwestern
MarQueis Gray was once again Minnesota's top offensive player in 2012 -- and his hard-nosed 25-yard rushing touchdown vs. Northwestern on Oct. 13 is a testament to that tremendous athletic ability.
|#9 Wettstein's Game Winner at UNLV
In the season opener on the road in Las Vegas, Jordan Wettstein nailed a 32-yard field goal in triple overtime to give the Gophers a 30-27 win over the Rebels. Wettstein's game-winner and third field goal of the game was set up by Derrick Wells' second interception of the contest.
|#10 Kirkwood's Decal Smash
Kirkwood was the Gophers' top running threat in 2012, and his hard nosed style was on display during this bone-crushing hit with Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell on Oct. 13 at TCF Bank Stadium -- it knocked off the decal on Kirkwood's helmet!