December 28th marks the date of the second annual Quick Lane Bowl featuring Central Michigan and Minnesota hosted at Ford Field. Here are a quick list of the stat leaders for each team and a preview of the game.
QB Cooper Rush: 309/460, 3703 yards, 25 TD, 10 INT
RB Martez Walker: 106 carries, 73 yards, 3.5 ypc, 2 TD
WR Jesse Kroll: 59 rec, 856 yards, 4 TD
QB Mitch Leidner: 218/377, 2478 yards, 13 TD, 10 INT
RB Shannon Brooks: 104 carriers, 644 yards, 6.2 YPC, 7 TD
WR KJ Maye: 65 rec, 706 yards, 4 TD
After starting the season 4-2 with high hopes of finishing strong, the Minnesota Golden Gophers ended up losing five of their last six games. Considering their strong season last year and a bowl game that saw them losing competitively to number sixteen ranked Missouri Tigers, this year was disappointing to say the least.
Also, one of Minnesota’s key pieces on offense, quarterback Mitch Leidner, who struggled to find any productivity this season, is a major reason why the Golden Gophers failed to reach .500 on the year.
On the other side of the ball for Minnesota is probably one of the most underrated cornerbacks in college football, Eric Murray. Murray will undoubtedly make his mark at the next level in the NFL, nevertheless, will be heavily tested against Central Michigan’s pass happy offense.
The Chippewas are led by junior quarterback Cooper Rush, who relies on his pocket passing ability to guide the offense. And with Minnesota failing to get points on the board throughout the season, if Rush can find his favorite target wide receiver KJ Maye, it could be a long day for Murray and the rest of the Golden Gophers defense.