It has been 40 years since the Gophers won four straight Big Ten matchups but the streak is causing plenty of Minnesota fans to taste a championship run.
With Saturday's 24-10 victory against Penn State, the Gophers cinched a four-game Big Ten win streak -- the first time that's happened since 1973. They didn't beat an excellent Penn State club, but still played like a Big Ten team on both sides of the ball.
Minnesota jumped to a quick 10-0 lead and held that momentum until finally claiming another win to go 8-2 overall. They're currently 4-2 in the Big Ten after dropping their first two conference games to Iowa and Michigan on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, respectively.
Freshman tight end Maxx Williams caught a touchdown and certainly understands what a huge run this is for his Gophers, but still had to ask his predecessors for some historical perspective -- his grandfather confirmed Cal Stoll was head coach when the team finished 6-2 in the Big Ten, 7-4 overall.
What Williams and his teammates do know is that even with Jerry Kill on leave undergoing epilepsy treatment, acting head coach and defensive coordinator Tracey Claeys is roaming the sidelines getting the job done.
A few tailgaters standing proudly next to their customized Jerry Kill RV, the "Kill Wagon," are now looking beyond matching the 1973 win streak and hoping to be the best team in the Big Ten this season earning the Gophers a trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Gophers still need to face two Big Ten teams in the quest for a Big Ten Championship spot, first taking on the Wisconsin Badgers (17) at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 23 then to Michigan State (14) for their final regular season game on Nov. 30. The 2013 Big Ten Championship game is slated for Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.