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As a member of the media, we are supposed to get our view as a fan out of thoughts as we analyze and react to games.

Typically that is the case for me, however, walking out of TCF Bank Stadium after Minnesota defeated Nebraska, satisfaction was on my mind.

As a student at the University of Minnesota from 2003-2007, I went to a lot of Gopher games and rarely left with the feeling of satisfaction.

But on Saturday, Minnesota did something that we are not accustomed to seeing them do and that is not only beat a ranked team, but the Gophers dictated tempo and didn't collapse down the stretch.

Nebraska may not be the Nebraska of old, but the same can be said for Minnesota. Once a door mat for other Big 10 teams to stomp on, the Gopher underneath Jerry Kill are going in the right direction as a program.

Minnesota winning as they did v. the Huskers was huge for this season, but the impact on the program from wins like that can't be measured as their importance long term is extremely valuable.

Rarely do I care who wins the games I cover, but today is a good day to be a Gopher and I'm happy for the program.

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