The Gopher football team under new head coach Jerry Kill lost a tight game 19-17 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles Saturday.  Minnesota trailed 19-3 at halftime but outscored the Trojans 14-0 in the 2nd half.  Minnesota had the ball with 2 minutes remaning deep in their own territory when backup quarterback Max Shortell threw an interception.  Shortell replaced an injured Marquis Gray.  Shortell was 9-13 passing for 98 yards and 1 touchdown on the day.

Gray was 7-12 passing for 94 yards with no touchdowns.  Duane Bennett ran for 53 yards and a touchdown and Gray ran for 48 yards.  Brandon Green caught the lone Gopher touchdown pass.  Minnesota falls to 0-1 and will host New Mexico State at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 1:30.