Saturday, September 3, 2011
Gophers not going away in L.A.
By Adam Rittenberg
Minnesota briefly interrupted the Matt Barkley-Robert Woods show and has put itself right back into the game.
The Gophers turned a USC special-teams gaffe into a touchdown as Duane Bennett scooted into the end zone from nine yards out, cutting the deficit to 19-10. Minnesota's defense still looks leaky against Barkley, who has been extremely sharp at the start of his third season, but the unit recorded a big fourth-down stop. The Gophers have been very good against the run today, but they need to start pressuring Barkley.
Minnesota's offense hasn't done much so far, and it's critical for quarterback MarQueis Gray to attack downfield more in the second half. Top wideout Da'Jon McKnight must get more involved after making only one catch so far.