On Tuesday, they produced a stout defensive performance against a Washington State passing offense ranked second in the nation and favored to win the Holiday Bowl by 10 points.
Things got smoothed out, and the Golden Gophers proceeded to post a big 17-12 upset of Washington State to finish 9-4. Their boycott lasted less than 36 hours, with university leadership never blinking. A report by the Associated Press revealed how the Minnesota players who were boycotting the suspensions of their teammates decided it was best to start distancing themselves from the controversy.
Mitch Leidner: Leidner will play well for the Golden Gophers.
"In my opinion, this whole bowl week we had the best practices we've had. If you have a good day at the quarterback position, things like this don't happen". "I'm just really proud of these guys, especially our defense, the way they played all night". "The benefit of it (is) we've had more time to prepare, and we'll have to get as many athletes on the field as we can".
TALL TASK: Among the 10 Minnesota players suspended were starting defensive backs KiAnte Hardin and Antoine Winfield Jr., and key backup Antonio Shenault. You've got to tackle well in space, and that credit goes to the kids. "They did a tremendous job". But I think that's how you play an offense like that.
Washington State coach Mike Leach hates this line of thought, saying it must come from people who "don't like football" and questioning how any postseason game could possibly be less meaningful than one played in the regular season.
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"Despite what you guys write, because you guys go willy-nilly on almost every subject", Leach told reporters, "we have to have the discipline to keep our head and minds and eyes out of there (the media reports). That's essentially how I would handle it so you can elaborate from there". However, asked about it after the game, Falk said: "I'm not focused on that at all". WSUs passing offense appeared frantic at times during the game, and quarterback Luke Falk made a number of poor throws while also taking three sacks. "Yeah, I mean, we left a lot on the table".
Minnesota had no impressive victories during the season, losing against every top opponent on the schedule.
"Everybody steps up a little bit", Claeys said. "He's extremely accurate, knows where he's going with the ball". They have a great quarterback. "I will sleep awfully good through the new year".
Nearly all 12 seniors are key contributors, and many played crucial roles in building WSU into the program that has made three bowl games over the last four years.
Left guard Cody O'Connell said a lion, while Marks chose a koala. We believe he put the welfare of his football program above the welfare of a female student, despite that his own football players admitted to disrespecting and mistreating her.
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