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Jerry Kill's surprise visit sparks Gophers' upset

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09:39 AM ET 10.20 | Tracy Claeys was asked last week if he knew how Jerry Kill would watch Saturday's game at Northwestern. The Gophers coach wasn't expected to be on hand; he is on medical leave to deal with his epilepsy. Claeys, the defensive coordinator and acting head coach, said he didn't know what Kill would be doing on game day. Kill surprised everyone by showing up to not only watch the game from the press box but give his players a halftime speech. That sparked the Gophers to their first Big Ten win, 20-17 over the Wildcats at Ryan Field. Claeys found out an hour before the game that Kill was on his way. Kill's longtime assistant said having the head coach on hand created a comfort level for the Gophers.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

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October 20, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Good coach

October 20, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Congrats to the go, go Gophers. Looks like the Wildcats are sliding back to their mildcat days after the OSU game.

October 20, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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Congrats to the go, go Gophers. Looks like the Wildcats are sliding back to their mildcat days after the OSU game.

No Venric Mark and Cain Colter. With those two guys in street clothes they are Mildcats. With those two on the field, this game would not have been close.

October 20, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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No Venric Mark and Cain Colter. With those two guys in street clothes they are Mildcats. With those two on the field, this game would not have been close.

Mmmm, no. Mark and Colter were both on the field for the OSU loss and both suited and played at Wisconsin. Mark was not good in either game - actually hasn' t been himself since the Cal game; Colter played his heart out. In fact, the whole team is ailing from the OSU loss and Mr. "Trust Yourself" can't resuscitate the spirit because it was built on a highly inflated, obviously weak foundation of positive thinking. Indeed, Northwestern had no quality wins before the OSU game and they played themselves silly and way beyond their abilities for that game. Every year NU hits the Big Ten buzzsaw and comes up well short of, yep, inflated expectations. It's talent and, to my mind, coaching. (Third in a row and at home to MN.) Where's your messiah now, Wildcats?

October 20, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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Mmmm, no. Mark and Colter were both on the field for the OSU loss and both suited and played at Wisconsin. Mark was not good in either game - actually hasn' t been himself since the Cal game; Colter played his heart out. In fact, the whole team is ailing from the OSU loss and Mr. "Trust Yourself" can't resuscitate the spirit because it was built on a highly inflated, obviously weak foundation of positive thinking. Indeed, Northwestern had no quality wins before the OSU game and they played themselves silly and way beyond their abilities for that game. Every year NU hits the Big Ten buzzsaw and comes up well short of, yep, inflated expectations. It's talent and, to my mind, coaching. (Third in a row and at home to MN.) Where's your messiah now, Wildcats?

They were not going to beat tOSU or Wisky even if Otto Graham suited up. So those comparisons are not good. IMHO with a healthy Mark and Colter they win by 10 to 20 pts over Minny.

October 20, 2013  03:17 PM ET
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They were not going to beat tOSU or Wisky even if Otto Graham suited up. So those comparisons are not good. IMHO with a healthy Mark and Colter they win by 10 to 20 pts over Minny.

Trevor Siemian was no slouch at QB in previous games: he threw three intercepts over six games and his QB rating was way over 120 Yesterday he threw two intercepts, got strip-sacked, completed just 54% of his passes, and his rating was the lowest it's been except for the WI game. He and the whole offense played p is s poorly yesterday. Then again, as far as I can tell, it's the same defense. According to the Chicago Tribune, "And when the Wildcats were desperate for a stop, trailing 20-17 with two minutes to play, they got impaled. The final blow came when cornerback Nick VanHoose reacted too slowly to stop quarterback Philip Nelson on a 7-yard naked bootleg. "Really disappointing," Fitzgerald said. "We told them: 'The quarterback naked is coming.' Disappointing. Disappointing." Same newspaper: "The Gophers were the tougher, smarter and more resilient team." So who you c rapp in?

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October 21, 2013  11:11 AM ET
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Head football coaches are paid to coach not fricking visit.

Nope, they're paid to win. And his team won.

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