MADISON, Wis. — David Cobb and his coaches and teammates will look back on Saturday’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin as the day he broke Laurence Maroney’s single-season rushing record coming off a hamstring injury, but also as the day the Gophers football team missed on an opportunity to possibly end a drought of nearly 50 years without a Big Ten championship.
Ben Tate has impressed Mike Zimmer once. Now, he’ll try to do it again. Late in the 2011 season, when Tate was playing for Houston, the Texans went to Cincinnati for a key late-season game. Zimmer was then the Bengals’ defensive coordinator.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jerry Kill sat behind his desk Sunday morning, a day after his team’s come-from-behind victory at Nebraska, scratching his head when asked about the secret sauce in his four-year turnaround of the University of Minnesota football program.
ST. PAUL — After a Thanksgiving holiday at his son’s home in San Francisco this weekend, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will return to his Capitol area office Monday to start working “full bore,” he said, on crafting what is likely to be a $40 billion-plus budget to submit to the Legislature in January.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jerry Kill doesn’t get intimidated often. In fact, good luck getting the tough-as-nails University of Minnesota football coach to admit he ever has been intimidated.
MINNEAPOLIS — Neil Allen has come close to landing a major league pitching coach job in recent years, going to the wire with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Still, the former big-league closer with the New York Mets in the early 1980s was pleasantly surprised to hear from the Twins about the same opening.
ST. PAUL — Sgt. Jason Lee of Blaine hasn’t told his three youngest children he’s going to West Africa this spring to join the fight against the Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives.
CHICAGO — How bad was the Vikings’ offense Sunday? A defensive back was their leading rusher. The Vikings got a 48-yard run in the first quarter by safety Andrew Sendejo on a fake punt, which led to their only touchdown. They only reached 200 yards of total offense in a 21-13 loss to Chicago at Soldier Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — Buoyed by Saturday’s strong performance in defeat to Ohio State, the Gophers remained unwilling to float along with the concept of a moral victory — or even concede that the Buckeyes were the better team. Minnesota remained hungry to prove it belongs in the upper echelon of the Big Ten Conference after hanging with the No. 8 Buckeyes in a 31-24 loss in the coldest game ever at TCF Bank Stadium (15 degrees at kickoff).
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The head of MNsure said he’s “cautiously optimistic” things will go well today when open enrollment for the second year of the troubled health exchange kicks off.