Five takeaways as Minnesota Football crushes Colorado, 49-7

Gopher Football running back Mohamed Ibrahim now has 614 collegiate carries and has earned 3,497 rushing yards with 40 rushing touchdowns. The fact that he’s averaging 5.69 yards per carry on over 600 collegiate carries isn’t a fluke. Ibrahim is tremendous, and we saw that again today against a power-five opponent where the senior tailback ran for 202 yards on 23 carries with three scores.

Some more insane Ibrahim stats would be this is his 12th consecutive 100-yard rushing game, which is now the third-longest streak among Big Ten rushers since 2000. Only Ezekiel Elliott (15) and Shonn Greene (13) had longer streaks. Mohamed also rushed for his 40th rushing touchdown on Saturday, which ties him with Gopher great Darrell Thompson as the all-time leader in that category.

Want some more juice with that? It took Thompson 44 games to get to his 40th rushing score, while Ibrahim has done it in 13 fewer games, as he’s now rushed for 40 scores in just 31 games. I think that’s pretty good. Ibrahim also amassed his fourth 200-yard rushing game today, and all four were against power-five competition.

I mean, just look at the touchdown run above. He runs through an arm tackle, lowers his pad level at the eight yard-line to get below the safety, which allows him to keep his balance, and then keeps his legs churning (with some help) so the touchdown. He’s the king of yards after contact, specifically running through first contact. He’s Mr. Positive Yards.

I know that the level of competition isn’t murderer’s row, but Ibrahim, off an Achilles tear no less, has rushed for 464 yards and seven touchdowns on 6.92 yards per carry. That’s on around 22 carries a game. He’s well on his way to holding about every Minnesota career rushing record, but he’s obviously a part of something a lot larger this season. The Big Ten West looks as winnable as ever for Minnesota, and if the Gophers are going to achieve that goal, Ibrahim will be a big part of that.

If it does finally end up with the Gophers in Indianapolis, my guess is Ibrahim will have earned some legitimate Heisman Trophy consideration. There’s a long time between now and then, but appreciate Ibrahim while he’s still here. That number is going to end up in the rafters.

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