MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Seahawks pull away in second half, rout Minnesota
SEATTLE -- The Seahawks ran their home winning streak to 13 games at CenturyLink Field with a 41-20 pasting of the Vikings. Marshawn Lynch ran for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught a third TD. Russell Wilson threw only 18 passes but totaled 230 yards with two touchdowns. The game marked the return of offensive threat Percy Harvin, who played in his first game of the season but was limited. The Seahawks defense recorded two sacks and three interceptions, one for a touchdown from Walter Thurmond the Third. Jarius Wright caught a pair of touchdown passes from Christian Ponder in the loss Star running back Adrian Peterson was held to 65 yards on 21 carries. Seattle improved to 10-and-1 while Minnesota fell to 2-and-8. The Vikes visit division rival Green Bay on Sunday.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 279 yards and a touchdown as the Giants topped the Packers 27-13 at MetLife Stadium Victor Cruz had eight catches for 110 yards and Rueben Randle had the lone TD grab for the Giants, who have won four straight since starting the season 0-and-6. Brandon Jacobs scored on the ground and Jason Pierre-Paul had a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown in the victory. Scott Tolzien was 24-of-34 for 339 yards and three interceptions in his first career start for Green Bay. Eddie Lacy was held to 27 yards on 14 carries and had the only TD for the Packers, who slipped to 5-5 with their third consecutive loss. Green Bay entertains Minnesota next week.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have jumped into the latest BCS Standings. Despite having the weekend off, the Gophers are 25th in the latest BCS rankings. Minnesota sits at 8-and-2 on the season and 4-and-2 in the Big Ten. The Gophers host 19th-ranked Wisconsin in their home finale this Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. Kickoff for that game has been set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. A limited number of tickets are still available for the contest.
Three teams from Minnesota will take part in the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Top-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato received the No. 2 seed in the region, behind unbeaten Northwest Missouri State, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation Both of those teams received opening round byes. Fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth hosts No. 16 Emporia State on Saturday in an opening round game No. 13 St. Cloud State battles fifth-ranked Henderson State on Saturday in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Minnesota State-Mankato will host the winner of the St. Cloud State vs. Henderson State game on November 30th. The Minnesota-Duluth vs. Emporia State winner will play at Northwest Missouri State on November 30th. Six of the nation's top 16 teams are in the Super Regional Three with the Minnesota teams, making it clearly the strongest region of the 24-team field.
Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu scored both goals for the Wild, including the game winning tally late in the third period to lift Minnesota to a 2-1 over the Winnipeg Jets at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Josh Harding turn aside 21 shots for Minnesota, which improved to 13-4-and-4. The Wild begin a four-game road trip tomorrow in Montreal.
The 62-game winning streak for the No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team finally came to an end yesterday. Fourth-ranked North Dakota scored three first period goals en route to a 3-2 win over the Golden Gophers. The defeat was the first for Minnesota since February 17, 2012, when North Dakota beat the Gophers 2-1 in overtime. The 62 straight victories was an NCAA women's hockey record. Minnesota is now 13-and-1 on the season and visits Yale this coming weekend.
Gopher guard Andre Hollins posted 26 points and seven rebounds to lead Minnesota's basketball team in a 74-59 win over Richmond. Austin Hollins added 11 points and 11 boards for the Golden Gophers, who are off to a 3-and-0 start. The Gophers host Coastal Carolina tomorrow night at Williams Arena at 7 p.m.
The Minneota Timberwolves hit the road to battle the Washington Wizards tomorrow night in the nation's capital city. Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last five games following Saturday's 106-88 home win over Boston. The T'wolves sit at 7-and-4 on the season. The Wizards are 2-and-7. Tip time tomorrow is 6 p.m.