The Minnesota Golden Gophers will chase their first victory of the season at home on Saturday against the Miami ( Ohio) Redhawks.
Last week, the Gophers were upset 28-21 at TCF Bank Stadium by New Mexico State. The game was overshadowed by the seizure suffered by head coach Jerry Kill with 20 seconds left in the game.
Kill, who has a history of seizures, is expected to return to the Gophers sideline on Saturday. His assistants and coordinators have been running early-week practices in preparation for Saturday's game. If Kill is not ready to return, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will take his place.
The Redhawks were off last week. In their opener, they lost 17-6 at Missouri. Miami fumbled three times and ran for just 76 yards against Mizzou. Quarterback Zac Dysert completed 26 of 39 passes for 194 yards, and was picked off once.
Overshadowed by Kill's collapse last week is the Gophers' overall poor start to the season. Minnesota's pass defense has been atrocious this season, allowing 592 yards and six touchdowns.
The Gophers gave up 226 yards and three touchdowns to New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley in the first half alone.
Minnesota has also struggled to run the ball. Tailback Duane Bennett ran for just 25 yards on nine carries last week, and backup Lamonte Edwards carried seven times for 11 yards. The Gophers failed to score on fourth-and-goal from the New Mexico State one-yard line during the fourth quarter last week.
In their opener, the Gophers fell 19-17 at Southern California.