Row The Boat

Row The Boat

Cody Alvarez

Coming into the 2019 season the Minnesota Golden Gophers were not expected to do much more than any other yearut QB Tanner Morgan and company have been turning heads with every game they’ve played this year. 

The Gophers got their season off the best start in the school’s history with an impressive 8-0 start. They rolled through teams- Illinois, Purdue, and Maryland, . This set the stage for the Gophers heading into week nine of the season to match up against, at the time, the #3 ranked Penn State. The winner would sit atop of the big ten conference. Minnesota like from the start of the season battled and fought their way to a convincing 31-26 win. 

After the biggest win in over 80 years for Minnesota, this is what Head Coach PJ Fleck had to say, “This team’s been through so much — on the field, off the field — through the last three years,” he said. “This team has heart. It has courage. It has character. It’s got an unbelievable culture. They found a way. The whole season’s been highs, lows, but we found a way to win and that was the biggest thing. We’ve been telling people, it’s like — we just find a way to win. They love each other. It’s a special group of young men.”  After that emotional win, the Gophers were ranked the highest we’ve been ranked in almost 30 years at #7 in the nation. e big win seemed to have a lasting effect in the upcoming week because the heavily favored Gophers unexpectedly fell against the unranked Iowa squad 23-19. The Gophers bounced back against Northwestern last week and are looking ahead to another big matchup with state neighbor Wisconsin. For the first time ever in the school’s history ESPN’s very own College Gameday has chosen Minnesota as their location for air. The Gophers 10-1 record has left ESPN no choice, but to embrace the serious threat of the Gopher football team. The Gophers look to not let people down this weekend with the very important matchup against #10 Wisconsin. The winner takes the Big 10. 

The Gophers have been turning heads all year with their incredible play. Although head coach P.J Fleck expected nothing less from this group on a national level the Gophers are the surprise of the year. The Gophers look to end their season strong despite the tough loss against Wisconsin. The Gophers still made a bowl game for the first time since 1962 when they beat UCLA 21-6.  The Gophers look to turn heads one last time and beat #12 ranked Auburn in the Outback Bowl.  

Editor’s Note: The Gophers defeated 31-24 in a historic win and season.