|Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) at Northwestern (7-3, 5-2)|
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 18|
|Time||11 a.m. Central|
|Location||Ryan Field (47,130capacity)|
|Bag Policy||Stadium Bag Policy|
|Television||BTN | BTN2Go|
|Radio||KFAN 100.3 | Gopher Radio Network|
|Internet||Listen Live | I Heart Radio App|
|Game Notes||Minnesota Notes // Fleck Press Conference // Northwestern Notes|
|Social Media||@GopherFootball | Facebook | Instagram|
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO ROW
1. Minnesota travels to Northwestern for an 11 a.m. game against the streaking Wildcats, who have won five straight. Minnesota leads the all-time series against Northwestern 53-34-5 and has won three of the last four meetings. The Gophers won at home in 2016 (29-12) and 2014 (24-17). Minnesota’s last road win at Northwestern was in 2013 (20-17). Coach P.J. Fleck picked up a win in Evanston last year when he led Western Michigan to a 22-21 win on Sept. 3, 2016.
2. Demry Croft rushed for 183 yards (most by a Big Ten quarterback this year and tied for the fifth-best rushing performance by a Big Ten player this season) and three touchdowns against Nebraska to set a new single-game rushing record for a Gopher quarterback. Croft broke the previous mark of 171 yards set by Marqueis Gray against Miami (Ohio) in 2011. Croft also became the first Minnesota quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Mitch Leidner had 111 yards in a win at Nebraska in 2014.
3. There have been 10 instances this season where one Big Ten player rushed for three or more touchdowns in one game. Four of those times it has been done by a Gopher. Shannon Brooks had three rushing touchdowns at Oregon State, while Demry Croft found the end zone three times against Nebraska. Kobe McCrary has done it twice this year, against Middle Tennessee and Nebraska. McCrary is only the third Gopher ever in the modern era to have two games with at least three touchdowns in one season. Gary Russell (2005) and Marion Barber III (2003) are the others. There have been 15 instances this season where one Big Ten player has scored at least three touchdowns this season. Five (first time in school history) of those have been a Gopher. In addition to the four rushing instances above, receiver Tyler Johnson caught three touchdowns against Michigan State.
4. Rodney Smith returned the opening kickoff 100 yards against Nebraska for a touchdown. It was his second career kick return for a touchdown as he also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score against Rutgers in 2016. Smith became the first Gopher to return the opening kickoff for a score since Tyrone Carter (86 yards) did so against Arkansas State in 1998. Smith’s 100-yard kick return is tied for the longest in program history with four other players (most recently by Jalen Myrick in 2014 against Northwestern).
5. Sixteen defensive players made a tackle versus Nebraska. Ten of those sixteen also had a tackle for loss and seven had a sack. Minnesota ended the game with 10 tackles for loss and six sacks. Minnesota held Nebraska to 69 rushing yards on 33 carries (2.1 average). It was the fourth time this season that Minnesota held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing in a game (Gophers also limited Buffalo, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee to under 100).
You can read Minnesota's complete game notes here.
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