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Gophers rely on golden backfield duo

Originally Published: October 1, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota coach Glen Mason came to a stop sign on 15th Ave. SE outside the Bierman Athletic Building on Tuesday night and saw his season flash before his eyes. There went Marion Barber III, the 11th leading rusher in Division I-A, jammed onto the back of a moped driven by Laurence Maroney, the 10th leading rusher in I-A. Maroney was laughing uproariously and looking nothing like an advertisement for vehicle safety.

"I thought, 'There goes my backfield,'" Mason says. "Right ...

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