As a 45-year old fan of University of Minnesota Gophers football, I have seen the Gophs defeat the University of Michigan on merely three occasions in my lifetime (1977, 1986 and 2005). As such, the Little Brown Jug, which is the traveling trophy in this rivalry, has spent an inordinate amount of time at the Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
But for only the 25th time in 101 games vs Michigan, the Gophers squad was able to march around the football field Saturday hoisting said trophy!!
A 30-14 win over Michigan in the place they call "The Big House" was an incredibly sweet moment on multiple levels. Not only does the Little Brown Jug make a rare trip to the Minnesota campus but it also provided a satisfying moment for Gophers' head coach Jerry Kill. Next week will mark the 1-year anniversary of when Kill suffered a seizure just prior to Minnesota's game with Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kill was unable to coach in the game and his team was routed 42-13. The immediate aftermath saw many fans/media members questioning whether Kill should even be coaching.
Granted, this is a lousy Michigan team the Gophers thumped this weekend. But that fact did little to dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of players, coaches and fans.