IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Brody Brecht's schedule is so full, sometimes he writes notes to himself to make sure he's where he needs to be and when.
The Iowa freshman is working double-duty this spring.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers hired Joe Harasymiak as defensive coordinator Friday.
The 35-year-old New Jersey native spent the last two seasons at at fellow Big Ten member Minnesota as its co-defensive coordinator.
PHOENIX (AP) — While watching “Breaking Bad” for the first time last year, a particular scene caught P.J. Fleck's attention.
The Minnesota coach had used television shows and movies — “Elf," “Full House” and “Family Matters” among them — as motivation in the past and this one seemed a perfect fit for his defense.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jake Herslow caught a 26-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass from Clayton Tune with 3:27 left, and No. 21 Houston beat Auburn 17-13 on Tuesday in the Birmingham Bowl.
The Cougars (12-2) marched 80 yards on eight plays to cap the third season in program history with at least 12 wins.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia (6-6) vs. Minnesota (8-4), Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Minnesota by 5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
PHOENIX (AP) — West Virginia was already facing a difficult task against a Minnesota defense that's one of the best in the country. The Golden Gophers shut down the pass, smother the run, rarely give an inch.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota re-hired Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Monday, after sagging production during the two seasons he was elsewhere.
Coach P.J. Fleck's reunion with Ciarrocca was initiated after Mike Sanford was dismissed following the expiration of his contract.
Minnesota (8-4, Big Ten) vs. West Virginia (6-6, Big 12), Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m. ET
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — John Metchie caught a scoring pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give No. 3 Alabama a 24-22 comeback victory over rival Auburn on Saturday, rescuing the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's fans gleefully converged on the field as Paul Bunyan's Axe was slowly paraded through the crowd, eager for a peek at this long-sought trophy that has gone so often to Wisconsin.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tanner Morgan got the game ball for Minnesota last week, a tribute to his 25th career victory that gave him the record for Gophers quarterbacks.
“I’ve been around a lot of good teammates and a lot of good coaches.
No. 18 Wisconsin (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP) at Minnesota (7-4, 5-3), Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (Fox).
Line: Wisconsin by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim will return for a sixth year in 2022, after suffering a season-ending lower leg injury in the first game this year.
Ibrahim revealed his decision Wednesday on Twitter, which the university confirmed with a subsequent announcement.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Tyler Nubin’s interception gave Minnesota a chance to swing Saturday’s game.
Tanner Morgan and Ky Thomas cashed in.
Thomas ran for two scores, Morgan threw for two more and Minnesota produced two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds of the first half before pulling away from Indiana 35-14.
Indiana coach Tom Allen was unhappy with last weekend's performance.
So he spent this week looking for solutions.
He called on players to prepare better, play with more effort and eliminate the mistakes that led to six turnovers and another embarrassing loss.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores, Baylor’s defense constantly pressured Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler and the No. 18 Bears beat No. 4 Oklahoma 27-14 on Saturday to end the Sooners’ nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla is described by coach Kirk Ferentz as “even-keeled.”
That was the approach Ferentz and his staff took with Padilla this week as he prepared to make his first career start Saturday against Minnesota.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hope Adebayo ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns and St. Thomas (Minnesota) edged Drake 21-14 on Saturday.
Nick Rice had 94 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Tommies.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Minnesota woman seeking more than $360,000 in child support from the estate of one-time NFL quarterback Tavaris Jackson, who died in a wreck in Alabama last year, should pursue her claim before a state appeals court, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Minnesota (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) at No. 19 Iowa (7-2, 4-2, No. 20 CFP), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (Big Ten Network).
Line: Iowa by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The four-way tie at the top of the Big Ten’s West Division will start to unravel Saturday when No. 19 Iowa hosts Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) and Gophers (6-3, 4-2) are joined at the top by Wisconsin and Purdue.
Things to watch during Week 11 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alex Padilla got his first opportunity to play meaningful snaps for Iowa and did enough to impress coach Kirk Ferentz.
Now he's days away from what probably will be his first start in place of the injured Spencer Petras.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards, and the Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory on Saturday.
No. 19 Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, No. 22 CFP) at Northwestern (3-5, 1-4), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (BTN).
Line: Iowa by 11 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The thousand-mile distance from Big Ten country to South Texas where Jack Gibbens grew up was never too far for a budding linebacker to dream of one day playing in the thick of throwback, pound-it-on-the-ground football.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (AP) — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol and will miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City.
Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Wednesday that Rodgers was in the protocol, but would not say if Rodgers had tested positive nor if the reigning NFL MVP has been vaccinated.
Things to watch during Week 10 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prominently included in the endless supply of mottos and slogans that Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck uses to guide his players and tout the program is the importance of sustainability.
With four weeks to go in conference play, the Big Ten's three highest-ranked teams remain in pursuit of a spot in the College Football Playoff.
A year after the NCAA gave athletes Election Day off, football teams all over the country were practicing on the first Tuesday in November.
Although the NCAA's Election Day rule remains in place, teams could pursue waivers if they wanted to practice — and many did, including some in places with significant decisions on the ballot.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has likely lost another running back to a season-ending injury with Bryce Williams the latest to be sidelined for the ground-oriented Gophers.
Coach P.J. Fleck announced the news on Monday, two months after Mohamed Ibrahim hurt his lower left leg and one month after Trey Potts suffered an undisclosed injury serious enough to keep him hospitalized for six days.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU and football coach Gary Patterson mutually agreed to immediately part ways Sunday before the completion of his 21st season.
The announcement came a day after the Horned Frogs (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) lost 31-12 at Kansas State, Patterson's alma mater.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Mar’Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hope Adebayo ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns and St. Thomas continued to prosper in its inaugural Division I season, defeating Marist 27-7 on Saturday.
In addition to Adebayo's two TDs, Cade Sexauer threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Max Zimmerman and ran for another score.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Two season-ending injuries at running back have not derailed Minnesota's season thanks to a talented freshmen duo and a powerful offensive line.
Minnesota (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will try to stay atop the Big Ten West standings with a win Saturday at Northwestern (3-4, 1-3).
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — For all the drama of Illinois' nine-overtime win at Penn State, the game was illustrative of the difficulties many Big Ten teams are encountering when their offenses get near the goal line.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Freshmen Ky Thomas and Mar'Keise Irving became the fourth and fifth different 100-yard rushers for Minnesota this season, as the Gophers gained 326 yards on the ground in a 34-16 trampling of Maryland on Saturday for their third straight victory.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most of Minnesota's regular offensive linemen might have expected to be done with college by now, with five of them in their fifth year or more.
The guys up front for the Gophers have found a groove at just the right time, as several of them enter the final stretch of their unglamorous, unforgettable experience as blockers in the Big Ten.
Things to watch during Week 8 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tanner Morgan threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Bryce Williams rushed for 127 yards and another score on Saturday as Minnesota defeated Nebraska 30-23.
The Gophers dominated the first half, taking a 21-9 lead behind near-perfect passing from Morgan.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hints of that long-awaited breakthrough for Nebraska under coach Scott Frost have been apparent lately, as the Huskers more than held their own through a tough stretch on the schedule.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Trey Potts will miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury serious enough to keep him hospitalized for six days after it occurred in the last game.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
The freshman was hurt in the 32-29 loss to Michigan on Saturday, his second start at left tackle.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Trey Potts was discharged Friday from an Indiana hospital where he spent six days after an unspecified medical condition developed during the team's game at Purdue.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Trey Potts remained in a hospital two days after an undisclosed ailment that arose late in the team's game at Purdue.
The university's athletic department said Potts' condition was “improving” and that he was “doing well,” in a statement distributed on Monday.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck challenged his team to respond Saturday.
Did it ever.
Trey Potts scored the go-ahead touchdown 70 seconds into the third quarter and the Golden Gophers defense pitched a second-half shutout to hold on for a 20-13 victory at Purdue.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Chase Brown rushed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Illinois beat Charlotte 24-14 on Saturday.
It stands as the fourth best single-game rushing performance in Illinois history.
Coach Jeff Brohm came to Purdue with a reputation as a creative genius.
His offenses were fast, fun and fearless. They scored points by the dozens, winning shootouts.
So when the Boilermakers' defensive struggles became the obstacle, Brohm jumped in.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson said assistant Jerry Kill sustained a concussion when he got knocked down during a postgame scuffle after a home loss to SMU over the weekend and accused his opponent of plotting a provacative flag planting at midfield.