Minnesota Postgame Notes
Team / Series Notes
• Tonight’s game was the third all-time meeting in football between Minnesota and TCU, with the Horned Frogs now holding a 2-1 lead in the series after wins in back-to-back seasons.
• Each team has won a game played in Minneapolis. The Gophers defeated the Horned Frogs, 9-7, on Sept. 28, 1974 at Memorial Stadium.
• Head coach Jerry Kill’s record at Minnesota fell to 25-27, while his 22nd-year overall record now stands at 152-100.
• Minnesota held TCU to less than 30 points for the first time since Oct. 26, 2013, snapping an 18-game streak for the Horned Frogs. Last year, the Gophers held TCU to a season-low 30 points.
• Tonight’s sellout crowd of 54,147 was a new TCF Bank Stadium record attendance. It marked the fourth sellout crowd during head coach Jerry Kill’s tenure, and was the first capacity turnout since drawing 53,090 for Wisconsin on Nov. 23, 2013.
• Tonight’s game was Minnesota’s first against a team ranked No. 2 in the AP poll since Nov. 6, 1999, when the Gophers defeated Penn State, 24-23, on a last-second field goal. Minnesota is 2-4 all-time in games against teams ranked second.
• Dating back to last season, Minnesota has now played five straight games against teams ranked among the AP Top 25. It’s the first such streak for Minnesota since the origin of the AP poll during 1936.
• The season-opening loss for the Gophers was the first since a 19-17 loss at USC in Jerry Kill’s first game at Minnesota on Sept. 3, 2011.v
• Tonight marked the first time since Sept. 14, 1974, that Minnesota opened its season against an opponent ranked among the top five. That season, the Gophers dropped a 34-19 decision to No. 4 Ohio State at home.
• The Gophers held TCU to a FG on its opening drive of the game. Last year, TCU scored a TD on 8-of-13 opening drives.
• Minnesota was held without an offensive touchdown in the first half for the first time since a 28-24 loss at Illinois on Oct. 25, 2014.
• Junior QB Mitch Leidner completed 19-of-35 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. His 35 pass attempts surpassed his previous career-high of 32 in the Citrus Bowl loss to Missouri on Jan. 1, 2015.
• Freshman RB Rodney Smith made his first collegiate appearance and rushed 16 times for 88 yards and his first career touchdown in the third quarter.
• Senior Z K.J. Maye caught four passes for 73 yards, both career-highs, and scored on a 22-yard pass from Leidner late in the fourth quarter.
• Senior S Antonio Johnson came up with a key fumble recovery early in the second quarter, the first of his career. Johnson also recorded nine tackles (six solo).
• Senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun finished with nine tackles (seven solo).
• Senior CB Eric Murray intercepted his second career pass. His previous INT was against San Jose State on Sept. 20, 2014. Murray also recorded eight tackles and forced a fumble.
• Sophomore X Eric Carter finished with four catches for 25 yards, including a 16-yard reception, all of which were single-game bests.
• Sophomore LB Cody Poock had seven tackles (five solo) and one TFL in his first game for the Gophers.
• Senior S Damarius Travis tied his career-high for tackles with a team-best 10. Travis also registered 10 tackles at Wisconsin on Nov. 29, 2014.
• Senior P Peter Mortell boomed a 58-yard punt in the second quarter, and added a 52-yarder early in the final stanza. He now has 38 career punts of 50 yards or more. He punted seven times for an average of 45.4 yards.
• Sophomore K Ryan Santoso made his lone field goal attempt, a 42-yarder, for his fourth career FG of 40+ yards.
• Senior DE Theiren Cockran was credited with two TFLs among his three tackles.
• A total of 12 Minnesota players made their collegiate debuts for the Gophers during tonight’s game. They are: KiAnte Hardin, Ace Rogers, Cody Poock, Hunter Register, Jeff Jones, Julian Huff, Melvin Holland Jr., Rodney Smith, Payton Jordahl, Blake Cashman, Emmit Carpenter, and Rashad Still.
• Senior LT Josh Campion missed his first career game due to an injury, snapping a streak of 39 consecutive starts along the offensive line.
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