Top Football Plays
 
2013 marked another year of progress for head coach Jerry Kill, his coaching staff and the Gopher football program. Minnesota finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, its best league finish since 2005, its first in-season, four-game Big Ten winning streak in 40 years and its first win over Nebraska in 53 years. To celebrate, GopherSports.com is counting down the Top Ten Plays of 2013.

Check every day for a new entry in the countdown!
 

Top Ten Plays:

#1 #1 Fans Storm TCF Following Nebraska Upset
Golden Gopher fans celebrated Minnesota's first win over Nebraska in 50 years by storming the field at TCF Bank Stadium. The Golden Gophers defeated the Cornhuskers, 34-23.

#2 Williams Game-Winning TD at Indiana
Maxx Williams' 50-yard touchdown reception from Philip Nelson thwarted an Indiana rally and gave Minnesota a 42-39 road win in Bloomington. The Gophers won their third straight game and improved to 7-2 with the victory.

#3 Engel TD Catch on 4th Down vs. Nebraska
Derrick Engel's leaping second quarter touchdown catch on fourth and 10 gave the Gophers a 14-10 lead over Nebraska. The Gophers would go on to defeat the Huskers 34-23, marking their first win over UNL in 53 years.

#4 Ra'Shede Hageman FG Block Returned for TD
The Gophers' season-opening 51-23 win over UNLV featured many big plays, but none bigger than Ra'Shede Hageman's blocked FG in the third quarter, which was returned 51 yards for a touchdown by Martez Shabazz.

#5 Aaron Hill Fumble Recovery at Indiana
Holding a slim 42-39 lead with 25 seconds remaining, the Gophers Aaron Hill scooped up a fumble behind the line of scrimmage to seal the win, giving Minnesota a dramatic victory.

#6 James Manuel Pick Six at Northwestern
Linebacker James Manuel broke a 7-7 third quarter tie in the Gophers' Oct. 26 game at Northwestern by returning an interception 24 yards for a touchdown, paving the way for a 20-17 upset road victory for the Gophers and snapping a two-game B1G losing streak. The win was the first of four in a row for the Gophers.

#7 Maxx Williams TD vs. Penn State
Philip Nelson capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Maxx Williams with 17 seconds to play in the first half to put Minnesota up 24-10 against Penn State. The play propelled the Golden Gophers to their fourth straight Big Ten victory.

#8 Jones Back-to-Back Big Returns
Gopher return man Marcus Jones provided a special teams spark in consecutive games to start the 2013 season, returning a kick-off 99 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. UNLV and a punt 65 yards for another TD the very next week vs. New Mexico State. Jones earned Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 9 for his efforts.

#9 Leidner's 4-TD Game vs. San Jose State
In Minnesota's 43-24 win over San Jose State on Sept. 21, redshirt freshman quarterback Mitch Leidner tied a school record by rushing for four touchdowns, notching 151 yards rushing in the process. The win secured the Gophers' second straight 4-0 start.

#10 Hill's Pick Six vs. Wisconsin
Senior Linebacker Aaron Hill enjoyed several memorable moments during 2013, none of which were bigger than this interception returned for a touchdown on Nov. 23 vs. Wisconsin. The score gave the Gophers a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.