Football team enters one poll

Fresh off the heels of steamrolling Ohio University, the Golden Gophers football team entered the Top 25 in one of the country's two major polls.

Glen Mason's squad checked in at No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, which surveys a panel of Division I football coaches.

The Gophers got a record-tying performance from sophomore tailback Marion Barber III, who became the fourth player in team history to rush for four touchdowns in one game. Barber piled up 104 yards on 18 carries to go with his four scores.

Among their Big Ten foes, Ohio State slipped a notch to No. 3 after needing three overtimes to beat North Carolina State 44-38; Michigan climbed two spots to No. 5 after thrashing Notre Dame 38-0 at Ann Arbor; Iowa jumped five places to No. 14 after its 40-21 win at Iowa State; and Wisconsin dropped out of the poll, falling from No. 15 after its shocking 23-5 loss to UNLV at Camp Randall Stadium.

In other polls, the Gophers are ranked No. 27 in the Associated Press poll of the nation's sportswriters, and they climbed from 24th to 20th in the SportsLine 117, compiled by the staff at CBS SportsLine.com.

Meanwhile, on the volleyball front, coach Mike Hebert's squad finished second in the UF Hilton Classic in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend. The Gophers beat Xavier 3-0 on Friday, then lost to the host Florida Gators 3-0 in the championship match Saturday night.

The Gophers will face No. 6 Northern Iowa on Wednesday night at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn., then host the Diet Coke Classic over the weekend, with Charlotte, Colorado State and UW-Milwaukee coming to Minneapolis.

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