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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams catches a touchdown pass against Syracuse on Dec. 27, 2013, at the Texas Bowl in Houston.

College football: Gophers open season tonight

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By Marcus R. Fuller

St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The temperatures were freezing, but Mitch Leidner was boiling.

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Watching helplessly from the sideline as Minnesota lost a tight game against archrival Wisconsin, the Gophers’ backup quarterback was beside himself.

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