Playing off the success the run game had in the first half allowed the Gophers to utilize play-action and trick the defensive backs on the first play of the half. Quarterback Tanner Morgan found wide receiver Rashod Bateman for a 45-yard strike to put Minnesota deep into Cornhusker territory. The drive would be capped off by Ibrahim’s second rushing touchdown of the day to put Minnesota up 21-0.If there was any hope for Nebraska to come back, Smith ended it when he scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put the Gophers up 28-0 with less than four minutes to go in the third quarter.The Gophers went back to the play action attack on the next series as Morgan faked the handoff, once again holding the defensive backs in place, leaving a wide open Tyler Johnson for a 45-yard catch to put Minnesota down at the Nebraska 1-yard line. Ibrahim punched in his third touchdown run of the day a play later.Smith finished as the team’s leading rusher, gaining 139 yards on the ground and one touchdown to go along with it, his third straight game over 100 yards rushing. Close behind him, Shannon Brooks came up one yard shy of his second straight game with 100 yards on the ground.“They put all their yards into a bucket,” Fleck said about the selflessness of the running back room. ”That running back room enjoys being around each other and that’s why they play so well collectively, they don’t care who goes in the game.”It’s been a long time since the Gophers had their top three running backs available to play together. This was the first time that Smith, Brooks and Ibrahim played together, which proved difficult for the Nebraska defense. “We have three running backs that are capable of being an All-Big Ten performers that anybody in our league would like to have,” said offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca on Wednesday.The team now stands at 6-0 with two favorable match-ups against Rutgers and Maryland the next two weeks. With bowl eligibility locked up, the Gophers are hoping there are bright things to come this season. “I believed that this team could be special and we are special,” Smith said. Gophers rushing attack secures win against NebraskaMinnesota had 220 yards rushing in the first half alone. Sydni RoseRunning back Shannon Brooks carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12. John MillerOctober 13, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers found the weak point of the Nebraska defense on Saturday night, and they never stopped attacking it as they took down the Cornhuskers 34-7. After averaging 6.4 yards per carry on 52 rushes for 332 yards against Illinois last week, it’s hard to imagine a better game than that on the ground for the Gopher offense. Cue Saturday’s performance.On a day where the game time temperature felt like 28 degrees with gusting winds and sleet, the Gophers needed their rushing attack to start off hot.“That’s the kind of weather we love here in Minnesota,” Fleck said. “We prepared for it all week. I’m really proud of our players and how hard they played in it.” With a healthy stable of running backs on hand with the return of sophomore Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota found success against the No.81 ranked rush defense. The Gophers finished with 322 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. “All three of us out there is tough for defenses and we know that,” running back Rodney Smith said about the top three running backs being healthy. “It’s always good when you have fresh bodies at the running back position. It’s tough when you have to tackle three different guys.”On the second play from scrimmage for the Gopher offense, Smith set the tone with a 35-yard rush to get Minnesota inside the Nebraska 30-yard line. Minnesota capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell.In the first half Minnesota had five rushes that went for 15 yards or more and nine rushes that went for over 10 yards. At the half, the Gophers had amassed 220 yards on the ground. It only took them 23 carries to get there.
Mike Woodbury has no regrets after a video of him berating a basketball player went viral, he said in an interview with Stadium.Woodbury, the CEO of Florida private school Nation Christian Academy, was caught in what appears to be a secretly recorded video. There’s no actual footage of the meeting, but the audio was picked up and you can clearly hear what he’s telling the player. WARNING: Explicit language in video belowIn the audio, Woodbury is heard speaking to senior Marvens Petion, who was intending to transfer. He has since transferred to West Oaks Academy, a nationally ranked school. The start of the transcript has Woodbury using multiple curse words at Petion, saying he’ll send him “back to Haiti.”Petion came to the United States from Haiti when he was 15 years old.Woodbury: What is this conversation about? Petion: I don’t know, you tell me.Woodbury: Me disrespecting you fake f—er? Just get out of my face. Just take your broke asses, I’ll say it again, your broke asses back to the garage. I don’t want to hear s— from you. Bottom line. The next thing I hear from you … just get the f— out. Just walk the f— out. I don’t give a s—. I control transcripts. I control where you go next. It could be back to Haiti, mother f—er. That’s how easy it is for me.”You don’t … I’m the one thing you don’t wanna cross, cause I’m the dirtiest, baddest mother f—er on this earth. Like cause, you don’t want to … First of all, you can’t get to my level. You can’t. You can’t. It’s like I said when I came out and you tried to f—ing … You tried to get out and say coach Liz, and say you’re gonna f—ing, ‘I’m gonna show you this,’ and what did I tell you? I’m going to send your little …The two go back and forth exchanging words, with Woodbury telling Petion to shut up while calling him a “stupid ass” and “f— face.” In an interview with Stadium on Wednesday, Woodbury confirmed it’s his voice captured in the audio, but said he doesn’t regret his actions. “No. F—, no,” Woodbury told Stadium after being asked if he had any regrets about the interaction. “Yes and no. I regret the fact I tried to be a father figure. It hurts my heart.”Woodbury explained the reasons why he was so upset, alleging that Petion brought alcohol into the player’s room, had incidents of theft and attempted to extort school leadership. The “final straw,” according to Woodbury, is when Petion started skipping school.Petion denied all of those allegations to Stadium, and said he only missed one day of school.Been getting tons of texts/calls from college coaches about this prep school CEO, Mike “Woody” Woodbury. Pretty much every one saying the same thing:“This guy is nuts.” https://t.co/RZXDse9qtO— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 31, 2018The video was uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 30, but Petion says the recording took place about two weeks ago. He transferred from the school two days after that meeting took place.In addition to the interview with Stadium, Woodbury released a statement on the incident.I wasn’t going to say anything in regards to the audio clip that is circulating, however, I feel a statement is necessary. pic.twitter.com/iyi6sc2Ccr— Nation Basketball (@TheNationBB) October 31, 2018The Twitter account has since gone private.Some important takeaways from Woodbury’s statement:He apologized for his languageHe does not coach the teamHe denies changing Petion’s GPAHe says four other students and one coach were also present in the meetingThe conversation lasted 35 minutes, but the video shows 3 minutesThe Haiti comment was “not a threat”While this is the first time Woodbury has been publicly shamed for his comments, former players of his say it’s not the first time he’s used vulgar language towards them. The Press Herald spoke to players who were coached by Woodbury and shared similar stories.”He several times referred to us as sperm banks. Yep, when we were 15,” Emily Rousseau who played under Woodbury on the Maine Elite team said. “If he wanted us to go into a game he would pull our ponytail and drag us to the scorer’s table. We had an African-American girl on our team and he said if she didn’t start playing better there would be a hate crime.” Played AAU basketball for this man in high school… Everyone always knew he was insane😂 This is how you run your “Christian Acadamy”? @TheNationBB https://t.co/Fz5EBragwz— Isaiah Harris (@Zay_800) October 31, 2018After hearing the recording of Woodbury, one of the students at Nation Christian announced his decision to leave the program, via Twitter.Time to bounce back 😴 pic.twitter.com/1I2aVcneY9— Taylor Schildroth (@taylorrS15) October 31, 2018In addition, Idrissa Bivens told Stadium he is also leaving the school in the wake of the video.Woodbury remains with the school.