Aggies At Gophers: Coach Kill Collapses On The Field

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Gophers Coach Jerry Kill Collapses On The Field

With around 30 seconds left in the game and the Gophers driving, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill has collapsed on the sideline, and there is concern among the players and fans for his safety.

He was not hit, and apparently just fell to the ground and started convulsing.

A stretcher has been brought over and he is being attended to by trainers and paramedics.  They are currently administering an IV to him, and he has an oxygen mask over his nose and mouth.  It is being reported by the television announcers that he has been put onto a stretcher and will be transported to the hospital via ambulance.

TCF Bank Stadium is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, and players are weeping and holding hands, as are many fans.

This is a very serious situation, and we will update you as soon as we find out more.

Please keep Coach Kill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Gophers Rallying, but Aggies Make Goal Line Stand

The Minnesota Gophers are furiously rallying, thanks to Da’Jon McKnight, MarQueis Gray, and the defense.

As the 4th quarter began, the Gophers took the ball and marched 68 yards in 3:44, and most of that yardage was gained by McKnight, who now has 8 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.

McKnight had catches for 35 and 4 yards on the drive, and it was finished off by McKnight’s 4 yard TD catch, capping a 10 play, 68 yard drive.

Then the Gophers forced a turnover, with Brock Vereen intercepting Andrew Manley at the New Mexico State 33, giving the Gophers offense a golden opportunity to tie the game.

But they couldn’t convert.

MarQueis Gray ran 5 of 6 times, getting the Gophers to the new Mexico State one on fourth down. From there, LaMonte Edwards was stopped short of the goal line, and the scoring threat was snuffed out.

New Mexico State now has the ball, and they are near midfield with under four minutes to go.


NM State Goes 94 Yards To Take Commanding Lead

The Gophers seemed to have momentum as the first half ended and moved into the third quarter. They had scored right before the end of the half, and Max Shortell gave the Gophers a brief spark on the opening drive.

Yeah, that’s pretty much over.

After that first drive, which ended in a missed field goal, the Gophers went three and out on their next two possessions, and while the defense played well for awhile, at the end of the quarter New Mexico State went on a long, 94 yard drive and scored another touchdown.

The Gophers were very magnanimous to the Aggies on that drive, as Troy Stoudermire was flagged for a 15 yard penalty for a late hit out of bounds, and not to be outdone, Kim Royston was flagged for pass interference which set NM State up on the 2 yard line.

Two plays later, RB Robert Clay went around right end and snuck in just inside the pylon.

There is only 15:00 left for the Gophers to avoid a huge, Brewsterian upset.


Troy Stoudermire Sets B1G Record, Shortell Starts Second Half

Two notes of interest as the Gophers came out for the second half looking like a different team.

Minnesota received the opening kickoff of the second half, and it was returned 22 yards by Troy Stodermire, Jr. That set a B1G record for most kick return yards all time.

With MarQueis Gray fighting cramps again, Max Shortell started the second half and immediately took a read option keeper 22 yards to midfield, and one play later hit wide receiver Da’Jon McKnight for 22 yards down to the New Mexico State 25.

But from there the drive stalled, unfortunately. Duane Bennett was only to get 4 yards on a run, and Shortell missed on two passes. The second one was a skinny post pattern to McKnight, who was WIDE open on the NM State 10, and he could’ve walked in for the score. The throw from Shortell was a little high, but it was a catchable ball that went through McKnight’s hands.

On 4th down, K Chris Hawthorne pushed a 38 yard FG attempt just wide left. The Gophers defense has held NM State to three and out, and will have good field position at their own 44 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter.


Gophers End Rough First Half On Positive Note

With one half in the books, the Gophers trail the New Mexico State Aggies 21-14, but it could’ve been much, much worse.

After going down 21-7, the Gophers pinned New Mexico State deep in their own territory, and Troy Stoudirmire, Jr., grabbed a terribly underthrown pass by Aggie QB Andrew Manley, returning it to the NM State 41. It was Manley’s only mistake of the first half, as he has been a very sharp 14-17 for 226 yards, three TD’s, and the aforementioned interception.

On the very next play, Gophers QB MarQueis Gray turned it right back over to New Mexico State, and on the ensuing NM State drive, they were unable to convert on a 49 yard field goal, as kicker Tyler Stamper pushed it just wide right.

The Gophers took over at their own 31 with just :51 remaining in the half, and the offense shook off their doldrums and marched down the field and scored. Gray passed and ran with ease on the drive, which culminated in a 10 yard touchdown reception to TE Collin McGarry with just 8 seconds remaining in the half.


Gophers Look Listless As NM State Goes Up 21-7

After stuffing Minnesota on 4th and 1 from their own 40 for no gain, New Mexico State took advantage of the field position and momentum to add another touchdown and open up a two touchdown lead for the Aggies.

NM State went the 60 yards in nine plays, lead by QB Andrew Manley. On the drive, Manley was 5/5 for 56 yards, including a 4 yard touchdown to David Quiroga.

On the drive, New Mexico State once again moved the ball with ease, as receivers were wide open down the middle, and on the day Manley is 12/12 for 197 yards and three…count ’em three, touchdowns on the day.

The Gophers took the ensuing kickoff and promptly went three and out, and NM State has the ball once again. But the Gophers have the Aggies backed up on third and long, and have a chance to get the ball back with good field position.


NM State Takes 14-7 Lead

New Mexico State has taken advantage of a MarQueis Gray interception, wasting little time converting that turnover into points.

The Aggies only needed three plays to go 80 yards for a touchdown, as QB Andrew Manly completed passes of 17, 22, and 41 yards, the last one going to Taveon Rogers.

The Gophers defense looked completely befuddled and overmatched on that touchdown drive, and Minnesota is still striving for consistency.

The Gophers took the ensuing kickoff and crossed into New Mexico State territory, but Minnesota was stopped on 4th and 1 at the NM State 40, turning the ball back over to the Aggies.

With 12:11 remaining in the first half, NM State continues to lead 14-7, and they have the ball.


Interception Thwarts Promising Gopher Drive; Game Still Tied At 7

The Gophers appeared to be on their way to their second consecutive touchdown against the New Mexico State Aggies, but a bad sequence by quarterback Marqueis Gray saw the Gophers go away with no points.

Facing a second and goal at the New Mexico State 4-yard line, Gray dropped back to pass, and appeared to trip over his own feet, resulting in an 8-yard loss for the Gophers. On the next play, Gray was attempting to throw a pass into the end zone that ended up getting tipped and intercepted by New Mexico State linebacker "You're My" Boyblue Aoelua.

The Gophers got to the Aggies' 4-yard line thanks to an absolutely ridiculous catch by receiver Da'Jon McKnight, who reached out for a Gray pass with one hand and tipped it to himself over two Aggie defenders. Hopefully we can track down some video of that pass for you here shortly.

However, the result of all of it is that the Gophers and Aggies are still tied at seven, and New Mexico State has the ball with 12 minutes left in the first half.


Gophers Storm Back To Tie Aggies At Seven

After getting a stop of the New Mexico State Aggies, the Minnesota Golden Gophers put together a very impressive drive, and are now tied with the Aggies at seven in the home opener of the 2011 season.

The Gophers took over at their own 12-yard line after stopping the Aggies, and MarQueis Gray put on a show. Gray was very impressive on the drive, completing four of six pass attempts on the drive, finding three different receivers in the process. Gray completed a pass to Collin McGarry for seven yards on a third down to keep the drive alive, and found Da'Jon McKnight twice for 30 yards, and Brandon Green for a 17-yard completion.

After a personal foul penalty on New Mexico State moved Minnesota down to the Aggies' 4-yard line, the Gophers gave the ball to freshman Lamonte Edwards, and the product of Woodbury, Minnesota powered into the end zone for his first ever collegiate touchdown. Chris Hawthorne hit the extra point, and the Gophers had tied the game at 7.

We are awaiting the start of the second quarter in Minneapolis, with the Gophers currently holding the football at the New Mexico State 37. With one quarter of play in the books, the Gophers and Aggies are tied at 7.


Aggies Capitalize On Good Field Position To Take Early Lead On Gophers

The New Mexico State Aggies got very good field position on their first possession against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and they took full advantage of it by converting it into a touchdown.

Not wanting anything to do with speedy Aggies return man Taveon Rogers, the Gophers went with a squib kick to start the game, which one of the up men for the Aggies fell on at the New Mexico State 40-yard line. From there, the Aggies went to work, moving the ball downfield with little resistance by the Minnesota defense.

New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley eventually found Rogers from 26 yards out for a touchdown, and the extra point gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.

The Gophers have gone three-and-out on their first possession, and it sounds as though the natives might already be getting restless at TCF Bank Stadium. Hopefully the Gophers can turn things around in short order.

With 11:07 left in the first quarter of play, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 7-0.


Aggies At Gophers: Game Time, Channels, and Radio Coverage

We're getting closer to kickoff time for this week's home opener for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, as they host the New Mexico State University Aggies.

The game will be carried on the Big Ten Network, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 PM Central time. If you are unsure which channel you can find the Big Ten Network on, here is the list by provider.

DirecTV: Channel 611 (standard definition) or Channel 611-1 (high definition).
Dish Network: Channel 5440 (SD) or 5441 (HD)/Channel 5442 (SD) or 5443 (HD). This will depend on whether or not the game between South Dakota State and Illinois runs long. If it finishes in time, the Gophers game will be on 5440/5441. If it runs long, the Gophers game will be on 5442/5443.
Verizon FiOS: Channel 330.
AT&T U-Verse: Channel 694 (SD) or Channel 1694 (HD).

If you would rather listen to the game on the radio, the Gopher Radio Network is here to help you out. Mike Grimm will be on the play-by-play, with Gopher legend Darrell Thompson giving the color commentary and Justin Gaard roaming the sidelines. In Minneapolis, the Gopher Radio Network can be heard on either KFAN-FM 100.3 or KTLK-AM 1130. If you're a bit farther outside the Twin Cities area, find your Gopher Radio Network affiliate so that you don't miss any of the action.

If you have Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, you can tune it to Channel 117 to get all of the action as well. Lastly, you can listen to an online stream of the broadcast, courtesy of the good folks from

There are plenty of ways for you to be able to listen to the broadcast this afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. . .find the one that works best for you and support Goldy for today's home opener!


Could The Gophers' Running Game Be The Key To Victory Saturday?

As the Minnesota Golden Gophers prepare to take on the New Mexico State University Aggies, a good deal of the talk around the Twin Cities has centered around the Gophers' quarterback situation. MarQueis Gray left the game after three quarters against the USC Trojans with some leg issues, and true freshman Max Shortell came in and nearly led Minnesota to what would have been a huge upset.

However, it might not be the passing game that is the key for Minnesota against the Aggies on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. In New Mexico State's season opener, the Aggies got absolutely shredded by the rushing attack of. . .Ohio University? Yes, although Ohio's leading rusher had just 81 yards, the Bobcats ran for 241 yards as a team against the Aggies, averaging a robust 5.1 yards/carry in the process. Ohio wasn't great through the air, but when you're running for almost 250 yards, you don't necessarily have to be.

For Minnesota, coach Jerry Kill wants to run the ball more frequently, but the Gophers didn't really do a whole lot of it against Southern Cal, and when they did try it wasn't terribly successful. Senior tailback Duane Bennett carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards, but half of his yardage came on Minnesota's first offensive play, a 25-yard run. Gray actually had one more carry than Bennett did, but only ran for 47 yards on his 16 carries.

The Gophers are heavily favored in their home opener against the Aggies, and rightfully so. But if Jerry Kill wants the Gophers to be a better running team, it would appear that this game against New Mexico State would be a good place to try to iron out the kinks.


Gophers' Coach Jerry Kill Tapes Everything

Everybody knows that coaches go over game film religiously during their preparation process for games every week. You'd expect guys like Jerry Kill, the new head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, to look at tape of his team to see how they look on the field and how well they're executing on both offense and defense.

Kill, however, takes it to a whole new level. He spent at least part of this week watching tape of his team's "sideline demeanor" against the University of Southern California in the team's season opener last Saturday. He wasn't exactly pleased with everything he saw. . .not even from himself.

"You can also see how coaches react, see how I react," Kill said. "I look at myself, too. I did an okay job for a while and there was a few times I didn't do so good either, didn't hold my composure.  So we all need to be evaluated sometimes, held accountable."

Kill said that his team did a little extra running as a result of what he saw on the film of the sidelines. No word as to whether or not Kill did any extra conditioning work of his own.

The Gophers' new head coach certainly does have a bit of a different way of doing things, but it's still a pretty nice change after the past few seasons of Gopher football.


Golden Gophers Open Up Home Slate Against New Mexico State

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