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Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4)


Sat. 11/12 Sat. 11/19 Sat. 11/26
@ Neb
L 17-24
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vs. NW
W 29-12
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@ Wisc
L 17-31
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Minnesota AD: Claeys has 'full support' as football coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys will return next year, with an 8-4 season earning him the "full support" of the school's new athletic director.

The Golden Gophers went 5-4 in the Big Ten in Claeys' first full season running the program. He took over midway through last year after Jerry Kill was forced to retire due to health concerns.

Claeys is 10-8 in one and half seasons with Minnesota. He was given a three-year deal last year by interim athletic director Beth Goetz during a tenuous time in the athletic department. The school was looking for a permanent athletic director to replace the disgraced Norwood Teague, so Goetz authored a contract that would give Claeys a little bit of stability to trumpet while recruiting but was also designed to give the new athletic director as much flexibility as possible in evaluating the football program.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: M. Leidner2040
Passing TDs: M. Leidner7
Rushing Yards: R. Smith1084
Rushing TDs: R. Smith15
Receiving Yards: D. Wolitarsky787
Receiving TDs: D. Wolitarsky5
Interceptions: K. Hardin2
Schedule 2016
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/1 vs. Oregon State W 30 - 23
9/10 vs. Indiana State W 58 - 28
9/24 vs. Colorado State W 31 - 24
10/1 at Penn State L 26 - 29
10/8 vs. Iowa L 7 - 14
10/15 at Maryland W 31 - 10
10/22 vs. Rutgers W 34 - 32
10/29 at Illinois W 40 - 17
11/5 vs. Purdue W 44 - 31
11/12 at 19 Nebraska L 17 - 24
11/19 vs. Northwestern W 29 - 12
11/26 at 6 Wisconsin L 17 - 31
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
7 Penn State 8-1 10-2
2 Ohio State 8-1 11-1
5 Michigan 7-2 10-2
Indiana 4-5 6-6
Maryland 3-6 6-6
Michigan State 1-8 3-9
Rutgers 0-9 2-10
West
  Conference Overall
6 Wisconsin 7-2 10-2
Iowa 6-3 8-4
Nebraska 6-3 9-3
Minnesota 5-4 8-4
Northwestern 5-4 6-6
Illinois 2-7 3-9
Purdue 1-8 3-9
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4365 (90)
Passing Yards: 2128 (97)
Rushing Yards: 2237 (50)
Points per game: 30.3 (53)
Yards per game: 363.8 (97)
Touchdowns: 41 (58)
Field Goals: 21 (7)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4231 (22)
Passing Yards: 2738 (64)
Rushing Yards: 1493 (20)
Points per game: 22.9 (30)
Yards per game: 352.6 (21)
Touchdowns: 33 (32)
Field Goals: 13 (56)
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