Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

2 more weekly Big Ten awards for Gophers

Author:

The awards continue to pile up for the Big Ten West Division leading Minnesota Golden Gophers. On Monday, the Big Ten Conference named its weekly award winners and two Gophers were named.

Team captain and starting safety Cedric Thompson took home the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award. Thompson started and finished Saturday's wild win over the Purdue Boilermakers with interceptions.

Thompson's interception on the first play of the game was nearly returned for a touchdown, but he was tackled at the two-yard line after a 27-yard return. David Cobb punched in a touchdown on the next play.

His second interception, the game-clincher on Purdue's final drive of the game, wouldn't have happened if Thompson didn't play through a little bit of pain. He was the victim of a blindside block by Purdue's Danny Anthrop that sent him to the training table.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys told the Star Tribune that the two-interception game "couldn't happen to a better kid."

"It's pretty good because for him (Thompson) to come back in the game after he got hit on a peel-back block, laid there on the turf," Head Coach Jerry Kill said after the game, according to the Pioneer Press. "He got hit right on the shoulder. I didn't know. I waited for the trainer to tell him if he's out or in. He said, 'Hey, he's ready to go', and then he comes back and makes a pick."

The other Gopher to win an award is kicker Ryan Santoso. The freshman connected on a 52-yard field goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Next Up

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

ashley Carlson

Remains of missing WI mom found in Pine County, MN

Ashley Miller-Carlson was 33 years old.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.

Related