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Bowl Preview: Minnesota

The Gophers won their first four games, but struggled once Big Ten play started. Minnesota was 2-6 in conference play, but wins over Purdue and Illinois were enough to get them into a bowl game. After finishing 3-9 in each of the last two seasons, qualifying for a bowl is an accomplishment.

"A win would mean a lot for this program," senior cornerback Troy Stoudermire said in the Pioneer Press. "We've been through some hard times. Coach Kill did a great job of bringing us back." Coach Jerry Kill vowed the Gophers would make progress when he took over the program following the 2010 season. The first sign of that progress came this season. Minnesota finished the regular season with...

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