By Andy Andersen
First, the Gophers lost their Coach, Jerry Kill, to illness. Fortunately he was back on the sidelines Saturday, hale and hearty to all appearances.
Then they lost their talented starting QB, the adept Marqueis Gray, to an injured toe, and he could not play Saturday. They had to utilize Freshman Max Shortell at that critical position. He endured a very tough afternoon learning about B1G (Big Ten) football, but he showed some skill. He was 11 of 22 for 104 yards with a long throw of 33.
After that, they had to face an energized and physical group of Wolverines who wanted to get off to a good start on their Big Ten schedule in the new Legends Division. They did so offensively and defensively.