MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Kill stays home after seizure, Gophers lose at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (SportsNetwork.com) - Fitzgerald Toussaint carried 17 times for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 19 Michigan to a 42-13 win over Minnesota and claim its sixth straight Little Brown Jug.
The Wolverines have now beaten the Gophers, who were without head coach Jerry Kill after he suffered a seizure early Saturday morning, in 22 of the last 23 meetings in this historic rivalry. They improved to 73-24-3 all-time over the Gophers. Kill, who has epilepsy, started feeling ill Friday night and had his fifth seizure since being hired as head coach of Minnesota (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) in 2011. Kill was not hospitalized but stayed home to recover and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys served as acting head coach for Saturday's tilt.
Devin Gardner was efficient in leading the Michigan (5-0, 1-0) attack, completing 13-of-17 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Gardner also rushed for a score and did not commit a turnover for the first time this season. Tight end Devin Funchess had a career day for the Wolverines, hauling in seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Gallon had just two catches for 39 yards but extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 31, fourth-best in program history. Mitch Leidner went 14-of-21 with a touchdown and an interception in his second collegiate start for the visitors. The redshirt freshman also ran 18 times for 66 yards in defeat.
Michigan scored first after Jibreel Black forced a Leidner fumble on the Gophers' opening possession. The Wolverines took over at the Minnesota 35 and scored in six plays without throwing a pass. Toussaint carried four times for 21 yards on the drive and scored from eight yards out. Minnesota responded with an impressive touchdown drive, its longest of the season, which burned most of the first quarter clock. Leidner orchestrated the 16-play, 75-yard trek that spanned nearly 10 minutes. The Gophers were a perfect 5-for-5 on third down as Leidner lofted a pass for Maxx Williams in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown connection. Michigan added to its 14-7 halftime lead on the opening drive of the second half. Gardner marched his offense down the pitch in nine plays, mixing in positive gains on the ground and through the air. A 21-yard hookup with Funchess on 3rd-and-11 put the Wolverines on the opposing 2, and Derrick Green trucked a defender as he fell into the end zone for a 21-7 advantage. Chris Hawthorne's 44-yard field goal made it a two possession game, but Toussaint scored again with 11 seconds left in the third period to put the Wolverines up, 28-10. Toussaint took a handoff from Gardner at the Minnesota 12, juked to his right and avoided a pair of arm tackles before sprinting towards the pylon. The Gophers' kicker added a 27-yarder early in the fourth, but Michigan scored the final 14 points to secure the win.
Mathieu Perreault's first goal of the season was the overtime winner, coming with less than five seconds left, giving Anaheim a 4-3 victory over Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. Francois Beauchemin threaded the needle to the speedy winger, acquired from Washington prior to the start of the season, and Perreault beat Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom through the pads on the backhand to end the contest. The Ducks were coming off a season-opening 6-1 defeat to the Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday. Saku Koivu, Nick Bonino and Jakob Silfverberg lit the lamp, Beauchemin supplied two assists and Jonas Hiller stopped 30 shots for the visitors. Zach Parise lit the lamp twice and Jason Pominville once for the Wild, while Backstrom was on the hook for all four scores on 30 shots in defeat. Anaheim pumped home a pair of goals in the game's first six minutes, with Koivu opening the scoring at 1:40 and Bonino doubling the edge on the advantage with 5:43 played. Parise put the hosts on the board with 8:08 left in the opening period, taking a blind, backhanded feed from Koivu and scoring from in front. Silfverberg restored the Ducks' two-goal margin just 1:19 into the second thanks to a one timer from the inner edge of the right circle, before Pominville recorded his first of the season at 8:28 with a blast from the right circle. Parise struck again to knot the game, 3-3, just 75 seconds after the start of the third, by sneaking a shot through Hiller's pads from atop the crease.
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team notched victory 51 in a row Saturday 8-3 at Colgate. Like the night before, the Raiders actually led in the first period 2-1 but the Golden Gophers scored three unanswered goals in the first period to take a 4-2 lead then added two more in the second to go up 6-2. Rachel Ramsey and Rachel Bonna both had two goals for the Gophers while Sarah Davis, Maryanne Menefee and Millica McMillien all tallied a goal and an assist. Bonna also had an assist and Hannah Brandt had three assists. Amanda Leveille had 24 saves in goal for the U.