Game 7: Minnesota at Northwestern
Five Things You Need To Know
2. On Oct. 10, 2013, it was announced that coach Jerry Kill would continue to take time to focus on his treatment and better manage his epilepsy. As he has done in previous situations, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as the acting head coach while Kill is away. Claeys, who is in his 19th year as a member of Kill's staff, served as Minnesota's acting head coach on Oct. 5 at Michigan.
3. The Gophers rank second in the Big Ten in both red zone offense and defense this year. Minnesota is tied for eighth in the nation in red zone offense and for 21st in red zone defense. On offense, the Gophers are 21-for-22 (95.5 percent) in the red zone this year (second in the Big Ten behind Northwestern, which is 25-for-26 for 96.2 percent). Minnesota has scored 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, two passing) in the red zone this year and is a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals. Minnesota's opponents have encountered the red zone 21 times, but have put points on the board only 15 times (71.4 percent). The Gophers have allowed 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four passing) and three field goals in the red zone. Minnesota has two red zone interceptions this year and also stopped its opponents twice on downs.
4. Thirteen of Minnesota's 26 offensive scoring drives (50 percent) this year have been produced by drives that lasted nine plays or longer. Minnesota's longest drive this season took 16 plays and 9:44 and covered 75 yards before a first quarter touchdown at Michigan. Last year, the Gophers churned out 20 drives of nine plays or longer on 47 scoring drives (42 percent). Minnesota's longest drive last year was also 16 plays, but lasted 8:16 and covered 85 yards before a third quarter touchdown against New Hampshire.
5. Redshirt freshman tight end Maxx Williams has 10 catches this year for 153 yards. He has two touchdowns this year, which leads all Minnesota receivers. Williams had a breakout game at Michigan, where he caught five passes (one touchdown) for 54 yards. Dating back to last season, four of Minnesota's last six passing touchdowns have gone to a tight end.
You can read Minnesota's complete game notes here.