Minnesota Golden Gophers: The Big Ten’s Darkhorse in 2009

Posted by Brandon Erickson on August-27-2009 Add Comments

After a year to forget for head coach Tim Brewster, the Golden Gophers came out in 2007 and flopped on their faces to 1-11 record in the wake of Brewsters' claimed return to the Rose Bowl and days of Minnesota being a national contender.

In 2008 however, the Gophers came out surprising with a 7-1 record to open the season. The run seemed improbable as Gopher fans began talking about a possible New Years Day Bowl or even the possibility of a BCS Bowl.

Those dreams were dashed quickly however as the Gophers would lose their next four games to finish the season 7-5 and settled for an Insight Bowl bid against the University of Kansas. Ultimately, the Gophers would lose to Kansas   to finish the season on a five-g...

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