To find Minnesota's last signature win over a program that could even remotely be considered as a "football powerhouse" you'd have to go all the way back to their 2004 victory over Penn State (16-7).
But this past Saturday, with Jerry Kill up in the press box still and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys on the sideline as the acting head coach, the Golden Gophers racked up 271 yards on the ground en route to a 34-23 win over Nebraska. It was their first win in the series since 1960.
Jerry Kill described the scene leading up to the game, and then the emotion of watching the fans storm the field after the win.
"I was at every practice last week, and what I basically did was meet with the coaching staff on Sunday to talk about our roles, and we all understand that because we've been together a long time"
"But what was good about that (game) was, for the state of Minnesota and our fans, was I sat up there with (linebackers coach) Billy Miller, who had coached against Nebraska for several years, and never beaten them. So everyone in the press box sat up there and said 'Hey Billy, how about you sit down and watch this thing'. So we just stood up there and watched all the fans." Kill explained.
"I watched my wife about get run over. I think one of the administrators kind of saved her, but I watched all the people and security try to hold people back (when they stormed the field), and that just wasn't going to work."
"So I just watched them all take the field, and I just sat up there and watched."
That marked a great win for the Minnesota program battling through some very adverse circumstances, and it's good to see coach Kill doing better and better each week.