Soccer | 8/30/2021 5:05:00 AM
Date: Sept. 2, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Website: Minneapolis, Minn.
Stadium: Huntington Financial institution Stadium
Collection General: Ohio State Leads 45-7
Streak: Ohio State Gained 11
Collection in MN: Ohio State Leads 22-4
Streak: Ohio State Gained 13
Final Assembly: Ohio State received 30-14 in Columbus (10/13/18)
Final U win: 29-17 in Columbus (10/14/00)
Final U win in MN: 35-31 (11/7/81)
Tv: FOX Gus Johnson (PXP) Joel Klatt (Analyst) Jenny Taft (Reporter)
Radio: KFAN Mike Grimm (Play by Play) Darrell Thompson (Analyst) Justin Gaard (Reporter) Corbu Stathes (Host) Dan Rowbotham (Engineer)
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Minnesota is 96-35-6 all-time in season openers, together with wins in 4 of their final 5 openers (3-1 beneath head coach P.J. Fleck). The Golden Gophers are 100-30-7 all-time in house openers with an an identical stretch of 4 wins of their previous 5 house openers (additionally 3-1 beneath Fleck). Minnesota is 8-4 in house openers since Huntington Financial institution Stadium opened in 2009.
2. Mohamed Ibrahim is the Huge Ten’s reigning Ameche-Dayne Working Again of the Yr. He has 13 profession 100-yard dashing video games, which features a present streak of eight in a row (2020 Outback Bowl and all seven video games in 2020). Ibrahim’s eight-game streak is the longest in program historical past, breaking a tie of seven with former Gopher nice Laurence Maroney. An All-Huge Ten First Staff honoree and AP Third-Staff All-American final 12 months, Ibrahim ran 201 occasions (twenty fifth most at school single-season historical past) for 1,076 yards (twenty third most at school single season-history) and 15 touchdowns (most ever for a junior at Minnesota and ranks fourth in school-single season historical past). He led the Huge Ten within the following classes: dashing makes an attempt (201), dashing yards (1,076), dashing yards per recreation (153.7), dashing touchdowns (15), scoring (90), factors per recreation (12.9) and all-purpose yards per recreation (168.4). Ibrahim additionally set a faculty document with a dashing common of 153.7 yards per recreation and twice tied a faculty document with 4 dashing touchdowns in a single recreation (at Maryland and at Illinois).
3. Minnesota enters the 2021 season with one of many deepest offensive traces in the complete nation as 13 members of the unit have appeared in no less than one recreation and 10 have began no less than one contest. Actually, the Golden Gophers’ offensive line has extra mixed begins on the FBS stage than any crew within the nation with 180. The following closest squad is Miami (FL) with 159, whereas Michigan State (151) is third. Solely three different squads have greater than 140 mixed begins. As well as, the ten people on the road with begins on the FBS stage are essentially the most of any program within the nation. Redshirt senior Conner Olson leads the crew by beginning all 45 video games he is performed in, placing him six video games shy of matching the varsity document of 51 video games performed held by lengthy snapper Payton Jordahl (2015-18) and 5 shy of former quarterback Adam Weber (2007-10). Fellow redshirt seniors Blaise Andries and Sam Schlueter have every began 33 contests. These three have additionally began no less than two video games at a number of positions. As well as, Utah State switch Karter Shaw (19), Daniel Faalele (19), Curtis Dunlap Jr. (13) and John Micheal Schmitz (10) have all began double-digit video games of their careers. Not solely does the offensive line have super expertise, nevertheless it additionally has spectacular versatility. The unit has no less than 25 mixed begins at each place, with a excessive of 58 at proper guard, and every place options begins from no less than two completely different gamers, together with 4 every at proper guard and proper sort out.
4. Whereas the Gophers’ protection has quite a bit returning in 2021, three grad transfers wish to present an instantaneous affect this season. Linebacker Jack Gibbens spent the previous 4 seasons on the FCS stage with Abilene Christian the place he totaled 258 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 5 interceptions. He was the crew’s main tackler this previous season and was second in each 2019 and 2018. Gibbens’ accolades at ACU included being a 2020 Campbell Trophy Finalist and 2019 First Staff CoSIDA Tutorial All-American. After two seasons at Iowa Western, defensive lineman Val Martin involves Minnesota following three years at North Carolina State the place he made 29 tackles in 22 video games. In 2020, Martin performed in eight video games and recorded 12 tackles with one compelled fumble. Fellow defensive lineman Niles Pinckney brings a championship pedigree to the Golden Gophers after being part of two nationwide titles in 5 years at Clemson. Pinckney was credited with 98 tackles (13.5 for loss), three sacks, a compelled fumble and three fumble recoveries in 1,125 defensive snaps over 55 profession video games (15 begins) from 2017-20 for the Tigers
5. The 2021 marketing campaign is the fifth for head coach P.J. Fleck at Minnesota. He enters the 12 months with a document of 26-19. In Minnesota soccer historical past, solely Henry L. Williams (42, 1900-03) had extra wins in his first 4 seasons than Fleck’s 26. As well as, Fleck’s 15 wins in Huge Ten play are tied with Cal Stoll (1972-75) for essentially the most in a coach’s first 4 years with the Gophers. General, Fleck is already ninth in program historical past for wins, whereas his .578 win share is third greatest among the many 11 Minnesota coaches with no less than 45 video games beneath their helm behind solely Williams (.786, 1900-21) and Bernie Bierman (.716, 1932-41, ’45-50)
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