Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Syracuse Orange, 23-20

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Leave it to linebacker Lee Campbell to cut to the chase.

How did the Gophers defense feel about itself at halftime Saturday, after having allowed 20 points and nearly 200 yards to the Orange?

Annoyed, that's how.

"We got our team in a hole," said Campbell, who led the Gophers with 13 tackles Saturday. He also had a half-sack and 1 1/2 tackles for loss, and he broke up a pass.

But, at halftime, things changed. Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove m...

The best part of being back is being able to reconnect with some people that you haven't been in touch with since you left," he said. "There's a lot of people coming back to the program.

A refresher: The Gophers, favored by eight-and-a-half points against Northern Illinois to open the 2008 season at home, won a nail-biter. They were down 27-24 with 5:22 remaining and were able to go 74-yards on 10-plays and score a touchdown. The score came with just 22 seconds to go, not nearly enough time for the Huskies to do anything and the Gophers won 31-27. Head coach Tim Brewster's bunch went on to win six of their next seven games. The collapse came late.


There are a lot of things we need to work on coming out of this game," Brewster said. "We're humble in victory. ... But, I thought we did a nice job of adjusting. We came out of it with a win. And we look forward to opening up our new stadium next week. It will be special.