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Sept. 17, 2011

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2011 University of Minnesota Football
Postgame Notes
Minnesota [1-2] 29, Miami (OH) [1-1] 23
Sept. 17, 2011   |   TCF Bank Stadium  |   Minneapolis, Minn.   |   Att. 49,950

• Minnesota is now 3-0 all-time versus Miami.
• The Gophers improve to 27-3-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference schools.
• Minnesota will face the Redhawks again in the 2014 season, when the Gophers travel to Oxford to conclude a three-game contract. Minnesota also faced Miami in 2007.

• Minnesota's 29-23 victory over Miami gives head coach Jerry Kill his first win at Minnesota.
• The Golden Gophers have now won 2 of its last 3 home games.
• Minnesota improves its record at TCF Bank Stadium to 6-10.
• oday's win gives the Gophers a chance to finish the non-conference portion of the 2011 schedule .500, as the non-conference season ends Sept. 24 when North Dakota State visits TCF Bank Stadium.

• With 171 yards rushing today, junior Marqueis Gray became the first Minnesota quarterback to run for more than 100 yards in back to back games since Billy Cockerham did it in 1999 vs. Indiana (111 -- 11/13/99) and Iowa (122 -- 11/20/99).
• Gray's 171 yards rushing today were the most ever by a Minnesota quarterback.
• Gray closed out the game with 163 passing yards on 11 of 21 passing attempts.
• Gray's 59-yard pass to sophomore receiver Malcolm Moulton in the first quarter was Minnesota's longest play of the season. It was also a career-long pass for Gray and a career-long reception for Moulton.
• Gray tied his career long rush later in the first quarter with a 37-yard sprint. It was the Gophers' longest running play of the season.
• Freshman Donnell Kirkwood gave Minnesota its first lead of the season on a 4-yard TD run early in the second quarter. It was his first career TD and just his second carry of the season. His first carry, on the previous play, also went for 4 yards.
• Junior John Rabe hauled in his first career reception and touchdown on a 1-yard catch from Gray in the fourth quarter to put the Gophers up 23-16 with 14:23 to go in the game.
• Senior Eric Lair hauled in a 43-yard reception during the second quarter. It was the second longest of his career behind a 44-yarder he had last season against Northern Illinois.
Duane Bennett's blocked punt and 30-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the first time the Gophers have blocked a punt since Keanon Cooper blocked one vs. Illinois in 2009. That block was returned for a touchdown by Ben Kuznia.
• Sophomore Chris Hawthorne became the first Gopher to connect on three field goals in a game since Eric Ellestad did it last season against Northern Illinois. Hawthorne was good on kicks of 33, 19 and 26 yards. He is now 4 for 7 on field goal attempts this season.
• Senior Troy Stoudermire's second quarter interception was his second of the season and the third of his career. He also had a pick last week vs. New Mexico State.
• Freshman Michael Amaefula collected his first career sack, dropping Zac Dysert for a 4-yard loss. It was the Gophers first sack of the season.




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