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Know the Foe: Minnesota

    Camp Randall Stadium
   
   
   
   
    
 Series History
 Games  119
 Record  UM leads, 59-52-8
 At Madison  UW leads, 29-21-6
 At Minneapolis
 UM leads, 38-23-2
 First Meeting
 Nov. 15, 1890
 Last Meeting
 Oct. 3, 2009
 Bielema vs. UM
 4-0
 Brewster vs. UW
 0-3

 Last 5 Meetings
 2009 (Minneapolis)
 UW 31, UM 28
 2008 (Madison)  UW 35, UM 32
 2007 (Minneapolis)  UW 41, UM 34
 2006 (Madison)  UW 48, UM 12
 2005 (Minneapolis)  UW 38, UM 34

 Minnesota at a Glance
 Location  Minneapolis, Minn.
 Enrollment  50,883
 Nickname  Gophers
 Conference  Big Ten
 First Year of  Football  1882
 All-Time Record  641-467-44 (.576)

 Team at a Glance
 2009 Record (Conf.)  6-7 (3-5, 6th Big Ten)
 2009 Postseason  Insight Bowl
 Starters Ret./Lost  14/11
 Letterwinners Ret./Lost  38/22

 Coaching Staff
 Head Coach
 Tim Brewster
 Alma Mater  Illinois, 1984
 Record at MINN
 15-28 (4th season)
 Career Record (Yrs.)
 15-28 (4th season)
 Offensive Coordinators Thomas Hammock  |    Jeff Horton
 Defensive Coordinators Kevin Cosgrove  |  Ronnie Lee

 Head Coach Tim Brewster

Tim Brewster

Tim Brewster is in his fourth season as head coach of the Golden Gophers, holding a career mark of 15-28. He is only the third coach in program history to take the Gophers to back-to-back bowl games, doing so in 2008 and 2009. The team's best season under Brewster came in 2008 as the team jumped out to a 7-1 record and a No. 17 ranking. This year, the Gophers opened the year with a win at Middle Tennessee State, but have since dropped four in a row.

 

The No. 20 Wisconsin football team (4-1, 0-1) welcomes its first Big Ten opponent to Camp Randall this season as Minnesota (1-4, 0-1) visits to battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. This will be the 120th meeting between Minnesota and Wisconsin with Minnesota leading the series 59-52-8. UW, which leads the series 29-21-6 in Madison, has won 13 of the last 15 meetings between the teams, including the last six in a row. That ties the Badgers' longest winning streak in the series (they won six straight between 1978-83 and again from 1995-2000). This is the most-played rivalry in the FBS. The series has been played continuously since 1890 (except for 1906).

 Scouting the Offense

Base Offense: Multiple
Starters Returning/Lost:
9/2

• The Gophers run a multiple-offense set that is trying to make things more balanced after recent seasons were more pass-heavy. After showcasing a  dominant run game in the mid-2000s, the Gophers averaged just 99.5 rushing yards per game in 2009, finishing 111th in the country. Currently, the Gophers rank 57th in the nation at 166 rushing yards per game.

• Leading the rushing attack is junior Duane Bennett. A knee injury cost him the 2008 season, but he bounced back to lead the team in rushing a year ago. He has already passed him team-leading 376 yards from a year ago, putting up 400 yards in five games in 2010. Bennett opened the season with a bang, rushing for 187 yards on 30 carries in the team's win over Middle Tennessee State. He followed that up with 104 yards on 18 carries against South Dakota. His production has fallen off a bit in the last three contests, but DeLeon Eskridge stepped up his game last week, rushing for 119 yards against Northwestern.

• Under center, Minnesota boasts one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the country in Adam Weber. A four-year starter, Weber already owns school records for career pass completions, attempts and yards. He needs just 563 yards to become the fifth player in Big Ten history with at least 10,000 career passing yards. This season, Weber ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 239.8 passing yards per game and fifth with 249.8 yards per game of total offense. He has thrown for 1,199 yards in 2010 with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

• Weber has identified three top targets this season. Leading the pack is sophomore and backup quarterback, MarQueis Gray. He leads the team with 24 receptions for 336 yards and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. Da'Jon McKnight is tied with Gray in touchdown receptions and ranks second with 20 receptions for 265 yards. Tight end Eric Lair has 17 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He earned National Tight End of the Week honors by the College Football Performance Awards after catching three passes for 73 yards with two touchdowns against Northwestern. After those three, no other player on the roster has more than eight catches.

 Gophers to Watch
Adam Weber  #8 | Adam Weber
 Quarterback
 Senior | 6-3 | 221
Duane Bennett  #22 | Duane Bennett
 Running Back
 Junior | 5-9 | 210
2009: 2582 Yds, 52.0%, 13 TD, 15 Int
2010: 1199 Yds, 62.3%, 9 TD, 4 Int
2009: 98 Att., 376 Yds, 6 TD
2010: 91 Att., 400 Yds, 2 TD

 

 Scouting the Defense

Base Defense: 4-3
Starters Returning/Lost:
2/9

• The Gophers have had to replace nine starters from a defense that ranked 63rd in total defense a year ago. All four defensive linemen, all three linbackers and both cornerbacks. Safety Kim Royston has not played yet in 2010 due to a broken leg, leaving fellow safety Kyle Theret as the only returning starter. As a result, things have taken a step backward in 2010 as the team currently ranks 92nd in total defense, giving up 406.8 yards per game.

• Minnesota has done well to get into the backfield, registering 30 TFL as a team. However, the team has found problems getting to the quarterback. The Gophers have just three sacks through five games ranking 119th in the coutnry. Edwards, D.L. Wilhite and Kendall Gregory-McGhee each have one sack on the season.

• Middle linebacker Gary Tinsley leads the team with 32 tackles and has reached double-digit stops twice this year, posting 10 tackles against Northwestern after posting 10 earlier in the year against USC. Tinsley ranks second on the team with 5.0 tackles for loss.

 Gophers to Watch
Keanon Cooper  #4 | Keanon Cooper
 Linebacker
 Sophomore | 6-0 | 225
Gary Tinsley  #51 | Gary Tinsley
 Linebacker
 Junior | 6-1 | 225
2009: 43 Tkl, 2.5 TFL, 1.0 SCK
2010: 26 Tkl, 2.5 TFL, 1 PD
2009: 21 Tkl, 2.5 TFL, 1 QBH
2010: 32 Tkl, 5.0 TFL, 1 FF
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