FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Gophers needed overtime to outlast Colorado State on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso connected on a 18-yard field goal to beat the Rams 23-20 in front of a sellout crowd of 32,500 at Hughes Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan has played in 57 consecutive NFL regular-season games. Coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t seem too concerned about the streak possibly ending. Sullivan sat out practice Monday with back spasms and hasn’t practiced since Aug. 18. Still, Zimmer claimed he isn’t worried.
LAKE MILLE LACS — Since 1954, the Lyback family has been making a living off ice fishing for walleye on Lake Mille Lacs.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings need any additional convincing about keeping rookie quarterback Taylor Heinicke on the 53-man roster, perhaps they should listen to Teddy Bridgewater. It’s been well chronicled what sort of rookie season Bridgewater had in 2014. The quarterback was named Pepsi Rookie of the Year.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A senior official with University of Minnesota athletics is on paid leave after a series of complaints were lodged against him following Athletics Director Norwood Teague’s resignation last month.
ST. PAUL -- With his committee chairmanship expiring and more days spent golfing and fishing on his mind, Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline announced Thursday he would not run for an eighth term next year.
MINNEAPOLIS — You might consider Tom Brunansky an unpaid contributor to Twins radio broadcasts. Through the magic of a boom mike placed near the dugout, the voice of the Twins’ hitting coach can be heard providing frequent in-game commentary and exhortation.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will try to do something this season that only has been accomplished five times in NFL history. The only quarterbacks to have completed at least 70 percent of their passes in an NFL season are Drew Brees, Ken Anderson, Steve Young and Joe Montana. Brees, the New Orleans star who holds the record of 71.2 percent in 2011 and the second-best showing of 70.6 in 2009, has done it twice.
MINNEAPOLIS — Rodrick Williams looked to be the heir apparent at running back for the Gophers two years ago, but he recognizes now that he really wasn’t ready. Williams had the starting job for six games.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings players were off Sunday when Kevin McDermott’s phone rang. It was Cullen Loeffler calling to offer congratulations. That’s how McDermott found out he would be the team’s long snapper this season.