Northwestern Wildcats defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 29-28

The Gophers' homestand from hell concluded Saturday with a new twist on their old, old, old, old theme: A crushing fourth-quarter disappointment in their Big Ten football opener, rather than the usual double-digit-deficit shuffle into oblivion.

That's ... progress?

Probably so, but a 29-28 loss to begging-to-be-beaten Northwestern feels like a Band-Aid on a broken leg to a Gophers team that made "Finish" its rallying cry this season, then frittered away home games on...