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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

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers in Dumfries are investigating the sexual assault of a 40 year old woman in Dumfries at the weekend after she got into what she thought was a taxi in Munches Street in the town.The woman entered the car, which she describes as being grey or silver in colour at around 2300 hours on Saturday 25 June 2016 in the car park in Munches Street in the town, intending to travel to her home in the Rotchell area of Dumfries.  During the journey the driver made improper suggestions to the victim and thereafter sexually assaulted her.  The woman was not injured as a result however was left in a shocked and distraught state.  The matter was later reported to police.The woman entered the car, which she describes as being grey or silver in colour at around 2300 hours on Saturday 25 June 2016 in the car park in Munches Street in the town, intending to travel to her home in the Rotchell area of Dumfries.  During the journey the driver made improper suggestions to the victim and thereafter sexually assaulted her.  The woman was not injured as a result however was left in a shocked and distraught state.  The matter was later reported to police.The driver of the car and the man police want to interview is described as being white, in his 30s/40s, medium build, shaved head and clean shaven and was wearing light coloured jeans.  He may have spoken with an Eastern European accent.Detective Sergeant Scott Torrance at Dumfries said “ Munches Street on a Saturday night is a busy place and we are appealing to anyone who may have been in that area to call us on 101 if they can help us identify this man or his car.  The car is thought to be silver or grey in colour.  We also want to hear from anyone who may have had any similar experience, either on Saturday night or on a previous occasion, where they may have got into a car which turned out not to be a registered taxi. Anyone who can help us in this investigation can call us at Dumfries on 101, or if they want to remain anonymous, then through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.“Sadly this incident serves to highlight the importance of planning a night out in relation to how you are going to get home, and who with.  In particular it is important not to travel home alone after a night out where possible, and to take care that only vehicles that are actually registered as a taxi are used to travel home in.”last_img read more

first_imgThere are many cases of players moving to big clubs too soon in their careers, and Anthony Le Tallec is one of them. Breaking through at an early age in France, the young forward was snapped up by Liverpool in 2002 for £2.25m, but only made 32 appearances during his six years at the club.The manager who signed him, Gérard Houllier, feels Le Tallec should have ‘spent an extra season’ at Le Havre, because the striker was a ‘diamond in the rough’ and needed more polishing before making the big step.The player himself admits he is at fault for how things turned out at Anfield for him, that he was too ‘impatient’ in his early years, as is the case with many youngsters even to this day.He said: “The first season, I was systematically in the first-team group when it was filled with international players. It was magical for me”.However, despite making 23 appearances, Le Tallec didn’t feel as if he was breaking through, and took a radical step.Embed from Getty ImagesHe explained to France Football: “I took the decision to ask Rafa Benitez to go out on loan at Saint-Etienne. He didn’t understand since he was playing me in preseason. He said I was crazy, got annoyed and said: ‘If you want to leave, then leave’. He made me pay for it later”.Despite this, Le Tallec returned six months later, is still full of praise for the Spaniard, who allowed him to live his ‘most beautiful memory’: the Champions League victory in 2005.He stayed at Liverpool until 2007, when he was sold to Le Mans in France.What followed was a series of transfers around Europe, going to Auxerre, Valenciennes, Atromitos Athen, Astra Giurgiu and US Orléans.On September 2nd, he signed with FC Annecy in National 2.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more