Gophers go undefeated in non-conference play with 34-3 win

Fleck said he is hopeful Weyler can return for the Gophers’ next game, the Big Ten opener against Maryland on September 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

One game after completing 7 of 8 passes for 158 yards against Oregon State, Conor Rhoda hit on 11 of 18 passes for 122 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. “We’ve done well, but I still think there is another level that we are looking to reach towards”.

The Golden Gophers did make some news earlier in the week that wasn’t so nice, as head coach P.J. Fleck announced that Demry Croft would be unavailable for personal reasons.

The Gophers shut out an opponent in the second half for the third time in as many games. “Our defense created a lot of energy”. His first score put the Gophers up 13-3 with six minutes to go in the second quarter.

In total, the Gophers combined for 221 rushing yards, with Smith and McCrary totaling 107 yards each.

The Gophers defense played well on Saturday – Minnesota did not surrender a second-half point in its three non-conference games – but judging its performance was far more hard given whom Middle Tennessee was missing.

It was a big setback for Middle Tennessee.

Stockstill, who had passed for 435 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions through two games, was replaced by inferior sophomore John Urzua.

Middle Tennessee State (1-2) was without starting quarterback Brent Stockstill, who didn’t play due to a sternum and collarbone injury from the win over Syracuse last week.

Blue Raiders star receiver Richie James played sparingly. Wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who had touchdown receptions of 61 and 67 yards, respectively, to open the first two games, was held to two catches for 14 yards Saturday. “When he went down that took out a whole part of our game plan for our defense, and the quarterback is very accurate. I didn’t find out he was hurt until we got on the field”. “I get to see him in the growth of the last eight months of a young man that has grown tremendously”. “I think they did that so we prepared the same”. That game is set to kick at 3:30 Eastern and will be broadcast on the Big Ten network.

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