Duane Bennett Addresses Media Following Loss

MINNEAPOLIS — After a tough loss to New Mexico State and the sideline collapse of coach Jerry Kill, Duane Bennett answered questions about his reaction to Kill's seizure late in the fourth quarter.

The Gophers' loss to New Mexico State was secondary to the players' concerns for the health of head coach Jerry Kill.

"We were scared," said senior running back Duane Bennett of Kill's seizure late in the fourth quarter. "At the same time we know that it has happened before. As players we have to continue to stay focused on the field. We know Coach Kill would want us to go out there and execute regardless of if he was there on the sideline."

Bennett's leadership was displayed in his reaction after the game.

"The biggest thing is to make sure that everyone is together on the same page," he said. "Everyone needs to be on one single accord. We don't want anyone to go out there and do something temporary that would affect the team. We'll keep everyone together and say a couple words because we don't want to dwell on it."

Because this was something the Gopher coaches had dealt with before, the players were reassured that Kill would be fine and make a full recovery.

"For the players, it was something that we've never experienced before," said Bennett. "We got a lot of reiteration from the coaches that he's going to be okay. They've been through it before. It's nothing new for them. It's a new experience for us but at the same time we have to faith with him as well as what the coaches are telling us that he's going to be alright."

After Kill was carted off with 20 second left in the game, the Gophers failed their fourth and 10 conversion attempt, falling to the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 28 to 21. The visiting Aggies were excited with their win but also concerned with the health of the opposing coach.

"I'm sure they were whole-heartedly wishing the best for our coach but as we saw, they were excited about the win and we can't blame them," Bennett said. "It'd have been no different if we came out and got the W. We shook their hands and tipped our hat off the them because they came out and did the necessary things to get the W."

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