Golden Gophers Shut Out at Michigan in Big Ten Opener

#19 Michigan 58, Minnesota 0
Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
 Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
 Michigan
14 24 10 10 58
Final Stats
Attendance: 111,106

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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: David Cobb - 8 Att, 54 Yds
 • Passing: Max Shortell - 11-22-0, 104 Yds
 • Receiving: Da'Jon McKnight - 3 Rec, 31 Yds
 • Defense: Kyle Henderson - 10 Tkl, 2 PBU

 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
MIC 11:25 Smith 3 TD run (Gibbons kick)
MIC 6:00 Robinson 9 TD run (Gibbons kick)
 Second Quarter
MIC 14:52 Dileo 17 TD pass from Smith (Gibbons kick)
MIC 9:38 Smith 28 TD pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick)
MIC 5:07 Gibbons 25 FG
MIC 0:45 Koger 18 TD pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick)
 Third Quarter
 MIC 8:18 Toussaint 1 TD run (Gibbons kick)
 MIC 2:04 Gibbons 32 FG
 Fourth Quarter
MIC 9:17 Gibbons 38 FG
MIC 4:58 Avery 83 fumble TD return (Gibbons kick)
 Stats at a Glance
MINN MICH
 • First Downs 8 32
 • Total Offensive Yards 177 580
 • Passing Yards 104 217
 • Rushing Yards 73 363
 • Penalties-Yards 9-74 3-24
 • Turnovers 2 0
 • Punts-Avg. 10-36.3 2-37.5
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 1-0.0 1-0.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 7-22.7 0-0.0
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 0-11 6-11
 • 4th-Down Conversions 0-0 0-0
 • Time of Possession 23:38 36:22
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Oct. 1, 2011

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - "They are bigger, stronger and faster than we are right now," Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said. "It's just that simple."

MarQueis Gray, the Gophers' starting quarterback, simply couldn't play because of an injured toe on his left foot.

"We did everything we could to get MarQueis ready to play, but he just wasn't ready," Kill said. "You can't play on one leg."

Shortell was 11 of 22 for 104 yards and led a unit that went 0 for 11 on third-down conversions.

"Our defense was on the field almost all of the first half," Shortell said. "So we couldn't run a lot of plays because we didn't have the ball."

Kill was on the sideline just days after leaving the team seeking more treatment for seizures he's had the past three weeks and dismissed the thought that his health was a distraction.

"I only missed one practice," Kill said. "I've never missed a game in my life. You can't use that as an excuse."

Kill credited Michigan's defense with making Shortell's debut as a starter a rough one.

"They put a lot of pressure on him," Kill said. "When you have a rookie quarterback, you're going to get a lot of guys in his face."

Minnesota (1-4, 1-0 Big Ten) trailed Michigan (5-0, 1-0) by more than five touchdowns in the first half and gave up 20 more points after halftime.

The Wolverines had their most lopsided win since beating Indiana by the same score in 2000.

Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD. Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan lead 38-0 at halftime.

The Wolverines kept the Little Brown Jug trophy that the teams have played for since 1909.