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first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Carol Burnett Is Anything but “Shy” in Broadway Cares Holiday OrnamentCarol Burnett, one of America’s most beloved comedians of stage and screen, is the subject of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ 2017 Broadway Legends holiday ornament. Among Burnett’s favorite roles is her Broadway-debut turn as Princess Winnifred in the 1959 original production of Once Upon a Mattress, in which she belted out Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer’s memorable tune “Shy.” Artist Glen Hanson captured Burnett in the iconic role while Christopher Radko created a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament. Proceeds from sales of the ornaments will benefit Broadway Cares, so be sure to pick one up for each of your loved ones this holiday season.Amélie, Actually, Phylicia Rashad & More Nominated for L.A. Ovation AwardsA bevy of New York theater talent were honored on November 2 with Ovation Awards nominations for their work in Los Angeles theater. Notable nominees included the pre-Broadway run of Amélie, nominated for two awards; the pre-New York run of Anna Ziegler’s play Actually, receiving seven nominations; and Once on This Island director Michael Arden, nommed for his take on Merrily We Roll Along, with Donna Vivino and Whitney Bashor honored for their performances in that production. Other honorees included Broadway vet Paul McGill, nominated for his choreography of The Legend of Georgia McBride and current Lonely Planet star Matt McGrath, nominated for his performance in The Legend of Georgia McBride; Phylicia Rashad and Jason Dirden nommed for their performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and Bright Star Tony nominee Carmen Cusack nominated for her turn in For Her Record. For a full list of nominees, click here. Winners of the 28th annual Ovation Awards will be announced on January 29, 2018.Andrew Garfield & More Join The Children’s Monologues at Carnegie HallUpcoming Angels in America star Andrew Garfield, current The Portuguese Kid leading man Jason Alexander, Common and McKinley Belcher III are among the newest additions to the cast of the U.S. premiere of The Children’s Monologues, a one-night benefit performance set for November 13 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall. The Children’s Monologues, directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, are based on the stories of children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa. The new cast members join a previously announced company that includes six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald alongside Tony winners Daveed Diggs, Cynthia Erivo and Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Trevor Noah, Susan Sarandon, James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Javier Muñoz and Sienna Miller. Creative arts charity Dramatic Need will benefit from the evening’s proceeds.Kevin Kline to Host Drama League GalaThree-time Tony winner Kevin Kline has been announced as host of the Drama League’s annual gala. The previously announced event honoring Meteor Shower playwright Steve Martin will take place on November 6 at 6:30pm at the Plaza Hotel. The evening will also feature performances by Tony nominees Jennifer Simard, Lauren Worsham and Alex Brightman, along with Justin Guarini and Lea DeLaria.Jerry Zaks to Be Honored by National Yiddish Theatre FolksbieneFour-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, currently represented on Broadway by A Bronx Tale, Meteor Shower and Hello, Dolly!, will receive a salute by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the company’s winter benefit concert. Zaks will be honored for his indelible contributions to both American musical theater and Jewish life through his work in entertainment. Set for December 17 at 8:00pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the evening will also celebrate the troupe’s 103rd consecutive season. Presenters and participants in the concert will include Victor Garber, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Katrina Lenk, Richard H. Blake, Liz Larsen, Judy Blazer and Ron Rifkin.Mean Girls Stars Offer Kerry Butler a Halloween Hat-TipIn an adorable Halloween tribute, the stars of the Broadway-bound Mean Girls donned the perfect costumes this year, dressing up as the past roles played by co-star Kerry Butler. Tony nominee Butler, who in Mean Girls plays Ms. Norbury (the role played on-screen by the musical’s book writer, Tina Fey), was clearly charmed by the costume ensemble. Check out Taylor Louderman as Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors, Kate Rockwell as Brenda in Catch Me If You Can, Ashley Park as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Erika Hennigsen as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. Mean Girls is currently playing its out-of-town run at D.C.’s National Theatre before heading to Broadway, so gear up to see these talented stars come March. View Comments (Photo: Boneau/Bryan-Brown)last_img read more

first_img Related Shows View Comments Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Summer is here—and we don’t just mean the season. The new mega-hit Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, based on the life of the Queen of Disco herself, is stirring audiences eight times a week at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical’s Tony-nominated stars, LaChanze and Ariana DeBose, paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 21 with co-star Storm Lever and the full company to sing the beloved Donna Summer number “MacArthur Park.” Watch below and make plans soon to experience Summer for yourself. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2018last_img read more

Related Shows Chris Sullivan Chris Sullivan, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Veneziale & Utkarsh Ambudkar in the off-Broadway staging of “Freestyle Love Supreme”(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Star Files View Comments Utkarsh Ambudkar Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2020 Andrew Bancroft Aneesa Folds Freestyle Love Supreme, the high-energy show that blends hip-hop, improvisational theater, music and vocal stylings, arrives at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on September 13. Thomas Kail directs the production, which is scheduled to officially open on October 2.Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme features six talented performers providing nonstop action throughout a fast-paced evening, spinning cues from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and fully realized musical numbers. The vocals of the performers—from singing to rapping to beat-boxing with harmonies and freestyle flow—are backed by keyboards and human percussion.Freestyle Love Supreme stars Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly Donut,” Arthur Lewis AKA “Arthur the Geniuses,” Bill Sherman AKA “King Sherman,” Chris Sullivan AKA “Shockwave,” Anthony Veneziale AKA “Two-Touch” and Utkarsh Ambudkar AKA “UTK.”Special surprise guests are planned for select performances during the run, which could include, in addition to Miranda, FLS members Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and James Monroe Iglehart, along with Wayne Brady, Ashley Pérez Flanagan and many more.In name and beyond, Freestyle Love Supreme pays homage to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” with a nod to musical roots in jazz, soul, blues and hip-hop. Freestyle Love Supreme was originally developed and produced in 2004 by Ars Nova in association with producer Jill Furman.The 85-minute show features set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Lisa Zinni, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. The show is scheduled to play a limited Broadway run through January 5, 2020. Arthur Lewis Kaila Mullady Anthony Veneziale Freestyle Love Supreme View All (7) read more

first_imgStateAmountStateAmountAlabama$54,411,568Nevada$5,253,929Alaska$2,215,118New Hampshire$4,805,462Arizona$7,516,272New Jersey$61,937,486Arkansas$17,504,267New Mexico$5,567,987California$72,252,584New York$321,476,119Colorado$10,307,643North Carolina$48,137,960Connecticut$20,964,829North Dakota$2,073,197Delaware$3,986,200Ohio$77,937,803Florida$49,658,600Oklahoma$14,538,344Georgia$64,067,418Oregon$8,533,410Hawaii$9,454,397Pennsylvania$120,206,473Idaho$887,959Rhode Island$12,081,706Illinois$128,103,330South Carolina$20,297,831Indiana$21,570,606South Dakota$1,653,882Iowa$4,672,512Tennessee$50,216,600Kansas$9,880,896Texas$72,552,552Kentucky$31,838,124Utah$2,394,123Louisiana$43,544,357Vermont$1,948,080Maine$5,056,956Virginia$28,687,138Maryland$26,848,339Washington$26,602,619Massachusetts$52,240,068West Virginia$7,978,504Michigan$31,099,543Wisconsin$15,089,333Minnesota$28,166,333Wyoming$821,802Mississippi$20,313,957District of Columbia$14,193,015Missouri$27,595,445Guam$1,174,617Montana$2,574,655Puerto Rico$105,751,592Nebraska$8,023,289US Virgin Islands$5,389,187 TOTAL:$1,792,056,016 Source: HUD 2.10.12———————————————————————– US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in Vermont $1.9 million in funding that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  See below for a complete list of housing authorities in Vermont that will receive this funding. Today’s grants are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems. ‘This funding will help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, but it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we’re seeing across the country,’ said Donovan. ‘Today, we are closer to helping housing authorities and our private sector partners undertake their capital needs over the long haul. With the passage of HUD’s 2012 budget, Congress gave HUD the go-ahead for a new, comprehensive and critical demonstration tool that we believe will help preserve and enhance America’s affordable housing, including public housing.’ In November 2011, Congress gave HUD the approval to test a comprehensive tool to preserve public housing and other HUD-assistant housing. Congress authorized HUD to begin a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive strategy to keep these public and other HUD affordable homes on firm financial footing. Public housing authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families. But given our budget realities, HUD proposed this innovative way to confront the decline of the nation’s public and affordable housing stock.  In FY 2012, RAD will enable public housing authorities and owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to their inventory and modernize or replace obsolete units to stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The demonstrationwill bring more than 60,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract ‘ and allow public housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing to reduce the large backlog of capital repair needs and in the process, support significant job creation in communities across the country. Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, ‘We see Congress’ decision to allow this demonstration to begin as a victory, not only for HUD, but for countless communities that desperately want to improve their public housing and other affordable housing, as well as a victory for families who need quality housing they can afford and who want more options on where they might choose to live.’ Last year, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that updated the national estimate of capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S.  The study found the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed large scale repairs.  Unlike routine maintenance,capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.  This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient. Over the last 75 years, the federal government has invested billions in the development and maintenance of public and multifamily housing ‘ including providing critical support through HUD’s Capital Fund, the grants announced today. Still, the nation continues to lose thousands of public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair.  To protect the considerable federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration proposed RAD.  The details of the demonstration’s timeline and application are being prepared and HUD expects to issue a notice for public comment in the coming months.  VERMONT FUNDINGHousing Authority                                                                                                      Funding AmountBurlington Housing Authority$388,119.00Brattleboro Housing Authority$319,873.00Rutland Housing Authority$194,551.00Springfield Housing Authority$152,146.00Barre Housing Authority$348,839.00Winooski Housing Authority$247,551.00Montpelier Housing Authority$58,107.00Bennington Housing Authority$238,894.00                                                                        VT Total:                                                     $1,948,080 The FY2012 Public Housing Capital Funding by state:last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Last season nearly sixteen thousand skiers and riders “checked in” with Ski Vermont to win prizes and bragging rights. After two successful years partnering with Trace Snow and Verizon Wireless, Ski Vermont is excited to partner with SnoCru to expand the Check In to Win(link is external) program to cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts.“This season we wanted to be able to offer the same incentives to all snow sports enthusiasts, regardless of how they choose to recreate on snow,” said Ski Vermont’s Director of Marketing, Kyle Opuszynski. “We will award the first alpine skier, snowboarder and nordic skier that visits all of Vermont’s applicable resorts with brand new equipment.”The goal of the Ski Vermont Check In to Win program is to get skiers, riders and snowshoe enthusiasts to explore more of Vermont’s trails and resorts. Alpine skiers and snowboarders participate by downloading the Trace(link is external) application on their phone to track their days, runs and vertical feet. Nordic skiers and snowshoers will download the SnoCru(link is external) application to document distance and map their tracks.All participants are entered to win prizes each time they explore new resorts and can earn Vermont medals while competing against other skiers and riders in Vermont. Prizes come from Ski Vermont partners like Darn Tough, Rossignol, Burton, anon, Long Trail Brewing, Skida, Vermont Spirits, and more. The first skier, snowboarder and Nordic skier to visit all the applicable resorts will win Rossignol skis and bindings, a Burton snowboard and a Rossignol cross country set up respectively.Jayne Johnson from Milford, New Hampshire was the first winner to take home a pair of Rossignol skis and bindings as her reward for being the first to ski all 19 public Vermont resorts during the 2014-15 season. Read more about her adventures at skivermont.com.(link is external) New this year, winners will receive Trace tracking devices that mount directly to skis and snowboards, providing more accurate data than ever.The annual Vertical Challenge will resume in 2015-16 as well. The 2014-15 season winner, Rob Weiss from Albany, New York, logged almost two million vertical feet snowboarding at Killington Resort over an impressive 85 days on the hill.“Year after year, we continue to see Vermont’s biggest fans proving their dedication to our mountains and we applaud them for their efforts. We also envy their time on snow,” says Opuszynski.Watch Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win video(link is external) and stay up-to-date on opening dates(link is external) and conditions(link is external) at skivermont.com(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) voted to approve the experimental all-payer waiver agreement. Gov. Shumlin will sign the All-Payer Model (APM) into law on Thursday, once again overhauling the state’s healthcare system. Expressing a lack of confidence in the Shumlin Administration, House Republican Leader Don Turner asked GMCB Chair Al Gobeille to provide a letter before the vote, assuring that the APM complies with all the benchmarks (including the requirements for any Medicare waiver agreement made between Vermont and the federal government), as specified under Act 113 of Vermont law.Rep. Turner said, “I am disappointed that Mr. Gobeille chose not to honor the reasonable request to provide a written assurance. Given the gross mismanagement of healthcare reform projects over the past six years by the Shumlin Administration, and the numerous unanswered questions regarding the risks and outcomes of the All-Payer Model, I would have liked to see the head of the independent GMCB offer a measure of certainty to Vermonters, at the very least.”“I find the haste with which the Shumlin Administration has sought to enact APM, coupled with the glaring lack of civic participation and media coverage leading to the GMCB vote today, deeply regrettable,” Rep. Turner added.“Robust democracy requires that those in power not shirk the heavy lifting of persuasion and public dialogue. While elected officials are accountable to the voters, the same is not true for state appointed bureaucrats. To ensure that all future decision-making follows a more transparent and inclusive process, I call that we seriously consider the possibility of eliminating the Green Mountain Care Board, and reinstating the State Legislature’s authority in dealing with the healthcare needs of Vermonters,” Rep. Turner concluded.last_img read more

first_imgBioTek Instruments,Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments, based in Winooski, continues to strengthen its commitment to sustainability by joining the over 1,200 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the US who have voiced their intent to continue to ensure the US remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. By declaring that ‘we are still in,’ BioTek and the other signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the current federal government.The science is clear. The planet’s environment is changing, and this is largely due to human activity. It is also clear that the impact on earth’s inhabitants, including people, will be negative. The only question is the magnitude of the impact, and exact timing.BioTek’s Vice President, Adam Alpert noted, “BioTek is committed to decreasing its carbon foot print by focusing both on energy efficiency and renewable sources for power. Its new solar facilities in Whiting and Milton, Vermont, for example, offset 100% of the company’s electrical energy cost. This is one of many existing company-wide programs promoting energy conservation, recycling, and environmental protection. We are demonstrating leadership through action, and at a critical time. Locally and in partnership with the many governments, companies, and institutions dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, we are taking steps that will help achieve the bigger goal — a cleaner and safer environment around the world.”Vermont’s largest, locally based Tech firm ($118 million in revenue. Vermont Business Magazine January 2017) BioTek Instruments, Inc, headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative life science instrumentation. Our comprehensive product line includes cell imaging systems, microplate readers, washers, dispensers, automated incubators, stackers and pipetting systems. These products enable life science research by providing high performance, cost-effective analysis and quantification of biomolecules, biomolecular interactions and cellular structure and function across diverse applications. BioTek espouses a “Think Possible” approach that sets the tone for fresh ideas, unsurpassed customer service and original innovations. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: June 14, 2017, WINOOSKI VT, USA — BioTek Instrumentslast_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the House Chamber of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas D. Anderson and Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the state police, will honor members of the agency and others for acts of heroism and community service. They also will recognize 22 sworn and two civilian members of the state police who are receiving promotions.“This event provides an opportunity to commemorate and thank the members of our organization, which is built on public service and where everyone is committed to doing their best for their communities every single day,” Birmingham said.After the ceremony, formal photographs with the Vermont State Police Honor Guard and distinguished guests will take place. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse.Members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the state police public information officer, Adam Silverman, at adam.silverman@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail). Those covering the ceremony should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.The following individuals will receive awards and promotions:AwardsCommissioner’s AwardTo be announced at the ceremony.Director’s AwardCapt. Jean-Paul SinclairLifesaving Award ·         Trooper Brandon Gallant: For actions taken March 19, 2018, when he assisted the Department for Children and Families in a home check and helped save a mother who was suffering from a drug overdose.·         Trooper Christopher Loyzelle: For actions taken Jan. 12, 2018, when he responded to a call for assistance regarding a man suffering from a drug overdose.·         Sgt. Paul Ravelin: For actions taken Oct. 20, 2017, when he saved then-Richmond Police Chief Al Buck, who suffered a cardiac event while engaged in a pursuit.Sergeant William Chenard Search and Rescue Award·         New England K9 Search and Rescue: For the organization’s support and assistance to the Vermont State Police in locating lost individuals throughout the state of Vermont.PromotionsMajor·         John MerriganCaptain·         Roger Farmer·         Jeremy Hill·         Kevin LaneLieutenantSteven CooteCasey DaniellJason LetourneauShawn LoanCory LozierRobert LucasDavid WhiteSergeant·         Ashley Barnes·         Drew Cota·         Matthew Hill·         Kevin Hughes·         Jason Johnson·         Eden Neary·         Dustin Robinson·         Derek Rolandini·         Matthew Sweitzer·         Travis ValcourtCorporal·         John BruzziPSAP Emergency Communication SupervisorRyan Rooker·         Nicholas Sheehanlast_img read more

first_imgCoronavirus caused all of Sam’s planned events to be cancelled this year, however he is currently training for the following triathlon races in 2021 (Marbella 70.3, Hamburg 140.6 and Cork 140.6) with the objective of competing at Kona in October later that year.Sam’s main goal is to become the first athlete with autism to complete the IRONMAN World Championships and to be the first athlete with autism to become a professional triathlete.As part of Sam’s training, he’s focused on running a sub 3 hours and 20 minutes marathon and swimming 3.8km in 60 minutes, but Sam’s commitment to the sport does not end here. He would like to visit special needs schools to educate them about the benefits of sport for improving their students’ health and wellbeing and encouraging as many people as possible, like him, to participate in triathlons and other endurance sports.Sam Holness said, “I want to show that people with autism can participate in sport. In fact, autism is a strength, and athletes from any background can be great triathletes. All you need to do is get out there and get active. Don’t let your disability be a reason for not doing sport.”www.hokaoneone.com HOKA’s latest edition to its global ambassador line up is Sam Holness, a 27-year-old triathlete from London – identified by the Shaw Trust as one of UK’s the top 100 people with a disability.‘Nicknamed ‘Super-Sam’, he wants to change the world’s perception of people that are neurodiverse, showing that someone with autism can participate in sport and be a successful endurance athlete, no matter what their background.‘Sam sees his autism as both an advantage and a strength when training and competing. He’s incredibly focused and isn’t easily distracted, he also finds that the sport improves his confidence and self-esteem.’ RelatedCOROS Wearables steps up with Eliud Kipchoge and the NN Running TeamCOROS Wearables is introducing World Marathon Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge to its pro athlete ambassador roster. In addition to an individual sponsorship of Kipchoge, COROS will also become the official GPS Watch partner of the NN Running Team, which includes some of the top track and road runners in the…November 24, 2020In “All news”Strava’s Year in Sport data reveals boom in global exercise amid the pandemicStrava, the leading social platform for athletes and the ‘largest sports community in the world’ with over 73 million athletes, has today released its annual Year in Sport data report. This reveals a boom in global exercise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As athletes adapted to 2020’s widespread changes to competition…December 16, 2020In “All news”2021 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton RunningThe roster for the 2021 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running has been announced – featuring 46 age group ambassadors and three US elite athlete captains. Team members will raise awareness for the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation and encourage triathlon participation in their local communities,…December 21, 2020In “All news”last_img read more

first_imgGophers domesticate WildcatsA little more defense and a little more passing highlighted Minnesota’s win. Ben GoesslingSeptember 27, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintYou’re probably not going to see Minnesota’s football team locked in too many three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-FieldTurf tributes to Woody Hayes, but Saturday, the Gophers at least proved their defense is catching up with the rest of the conference.Stripped of a 50-yard touchdown catch by Paris Hamilton, a 50-yard scoring run by Laurence Maroney, and a pair of trick passes (one of which was in questionable taste), Minnesota’s 43-17 victory over Northwestern boiled down to Big Ten football at its most basic elements.Minnesota’s flashy running game was running at half-speed. Marion Barber III gained a pedestrian 87 yards on 22 carries.He surrendered large chunks of the workload to Maroney, whose 6.0 yards per carry was nearly two yards below his season average and heavily padded by his long score.But in holding the 13th-ranked offense in the country to 267 yards, the Gophers’ defense served notice it can be more than just a speed bump.“We did a pretty good job against a high-powered offense,” defensive end Darrell Reid said. “We’ve been working hard, and it wasn’t carrying over for whatever reason. But we’ve just got to keep working like we have been, and it will start carrying over like it did today.”Minnesota kept it simple for the most part on offense, relying on a steady diet of high-percentage passes to complement its running game.The Gophers rushed for 254 yards, well below their average of 378 yards per game. But quarterback Bryan Cupito was 12-for-21 for 155 yards and two scores, directing Minnesota to a season-high 10 first downs through the air.Minnesota threw on seven of its first 15 offensive plays, including four of six on its second touchdown drive, achieving a rare balance that made up for a sluggish start on the ground.“It took a little bit longer to get the running game going,” center Greg Eslinger said, “but we knew once we started running the ball, it was our game.”The Wildcats went 44 yards in eight plays for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter but could only manage one offensive touchdown. Jeff Backes ran a kickoff back 97 yards for Northwestern’s other score, but the Gophers controlled the Wildcats’ spread offense and held quarterback Brett Basanez to 121 yards on 13-of-26 passing.After falling behind 3-0, the Gophers went 80 yards in six plays, taking a 7-3 lead on Maroney’s 50-yard dash.Minnesota went ahead 14-3 on its next possession when fullback Justin Valentine scored the first of his three touchdowns.The Wildcats had several chances to stem the tide, but they hamstrung themselves with mistakes.Down 27-10 in the second quarter, Northwestern forced a Gophers punt for the first time in three drives and took over at its own four. But Basanez was intercepted by linebacker Terrence Campbell on the Wildcats’ first play, and the Gophers scored four plays later.Television replays showed the interception might have hit the ground, but the play was not reviewed, and in the long run, Northwestern coach Randy Walker said he didn’t care too much.“The interception was big, but we did enough damage to ourselves,” he said. “They were a better football team, and they deserved to win.”Minnesota added its last touchdown on a 21-yard halfback pass from Barber to Jared Ellerson on a fourth down with 2:59 left in the game. But Walker said he wasn’t upset the Gophers tacked on another score.After all, without at least one team breaking 40, it just wouldn’t have looked like Minnesota football.Even if the Gophers needed a cosmetic touchdown to make it look like their offense was firing on all cylinders, they left knowing that just maybe, they’ll be able to win a game without it.“We knew we had to step up,” cornerback Ukee Dozier said. “Every week, we’ve been getting started late. It’s Big Ten time now and we had to step up.”last_img read more