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Syracuse Vs. Minnesota 2012: Golden Gophers Defense Comes Up Big In Win

The Minnesota Golden Gophers improved to 4-0 with a 17-10 win over Syracuse on Saturday, fueled by a stout defense that kept pressure on the Orange all game. Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher touched on the defensive performance:

By the end of the night the Gopher defense forced a total of four turnovers, sacked Ryan Nassib 3 times, notched 5 tackles for loss and held Syracuse to 3 points for over 47 minutes of the game. Both sides had more than their share of penalties (8 for us, 10 for them) and the Gophers missed two field goals. But when it mattered most the Gophers came through.

Syracuse came into the game averaging 32.7 points per game in its previous three games. Minnesota travels to Iowa next week to take on the Hawkeyes, who just lost at home to MAC opponent Central Michigan on Saturday.

For all things Golden Gopher, check out The Daily Gopher. Syracuse news and analysis is available at Troy Nunes Is an Absolute Magician. Stay here at SB Nation Minnesota for more coverage of Minnesota football, and SB Nation's college football hub has all the news and analysis you need from around the NCAA.

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