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Revisiting Minnesota football history as the Holiday Bowl approaches

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NCAA Football: Nebraska at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State and Minnesota will play in the 2016 Holiday Bowl. Since you are reading this on a website devoted to Washington State athletics, there is a pretty good chance you know a thing or two about WSU’s football history. But, there is also a good chance you know a little less about Minnesota’s football history.

I was going to take a deep dive into the Gopher record books for trivia this week, but after taking a closer look myself, let’s see how well everyone knows the surface level history of Minnesota.

Q1: Name the top five passing yardage leaders in Gopher history.

Q2: Name the top five rushing yardage leaders in Gopher history.

Q3: Name the top five receiving yardage leaders in Gopher history.

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Football:

Grades for the 2016 Pac-12 football season. | Sports on Earth
After years of dominance by USC, Stanford and Oregon, the Pac-12 experienced big chanes at the top in 2016: Colorado won its division after five straight last-place finishes, while Washington won the conference and got the league back into the playoff.

Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys says he risked job by backing players | The Spokesman-Review
Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys says he knew he was risking his job last week when he expressed support for players who boycotted practices and threatened to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates who were suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated. Claeys says his players weren’t condoning sexual assault or harassment, but believed their suspended teammates were denied due process.

Women’s basketball:

Washington State women lose a close one at Saint Louis | The Seattle Times
The Washington State women’s team made a dramatic late charge to lead by three points with 2:40 remaining, but host Saint Louis scored the last six points of the game for a 73-70 victory.

Men's basketball:

Callison block saves Washington State win over Santa Clara
WSU staged a furious comeback in the last six minutes, defeating Santa Clara 69-68 on Saturday when Charles Callison came up with the game-saving block.