Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Northwestern Wildcats, 35-24

Before the Gophers take the field at TCF Bank Stadium, they pass a sign that says "Pound the Rock.

Time is Now!" Until Saturday, that mantra seemed like a punchline to a Jeffrey Ross joke. But, we finally saw some semblance of a running game, as head coach Tim Brewster was able to exorcise the demon of the Northwestern Wildcats.

Two years ago in Evanston, Brewster watched his team blow a 35-14 lead. In the second overtime, he went for two points after a touchdown run by...

The game was on the line and our defense showed up big. [But] when the game was on the line our defense showed up big.

You saw it," Bennett said. "Just to know you can have success on both sides of the ball.

When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.

TV, radio: Big Ten Network, 830-AM

Records: Both teams are 2-1.

The skinny: The Gophers won on a walk-off overtime field goal in Syracuse in the season opener. Saturday, the Wildcats lost at Syracuse on an Orange field goal in the final minute. That should make for a pretty good game. This also is the Gophers' chance to obliterate the memory of last year's game, which the Gophers entered 7-1 but lost, thank...