The Gophers barely beat Purdue, and COVID-19 – Twin Cities

2020-11-21 00:02:25 –

Well, if you’re going to play this exciting college football season, you’d better end up with a bowl game, and now the Gophers have a shot.

With a 34-31 victory over Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday night, U may have stabbed ears among scouts trying to fill the 39 (!) Bowl game this year.

If you have a bowl scout this year. Do you know? If so, they aren’t in the game of red sports jackets shaking hands and interviewing. In any case, looking at the list of 127 Bowl Division teams and circle possibilities, at least now we can say “maybe Minnesota”.

Gophers won’t win six games or end up with .500 records. This is a normal low-end requirement for the NCAA bowl team, but it’s not a problem this year, so Gophers will be in the bowl for a few of the remaining three games.

With a vote on October 14th to temporarily remove the bowl eligibility requirement, the NCAA will hold a non-winning team in Frisco, Texas on December 19th, as long as it meets the academic progress requirements. Tropicana Smoothie Cafe Frisco Made it possible to play in the bowl. ..

Not only that, you understand the idea. It may be the only perk to play in this pandemic season, and for the Gophers team who started on 1-3 and played Friday without 22 players and 3 coaches for injuries and COVID-19 tests. It wasn’t. bad. Friday was the beginning. There is a big difference between 1-4 and 2-3.

If Gopher needs luck — OK, lots of luck — yes.

Minnesota did a lot of good things on Friday, took an early lead and never dragged, but the Gophers blow it off in the same way they lost in 45-44 overtime on October 30 in Maryland. It was like. Almost at will after scoring most of the night, the Gophers attack was late and deadlocked.

Paddue kicker JD Derringer missed two short field goal attempts. One of them is a potential game tie kick from 33 yards in the fourth quarter.

It was called a block from the first 17 yards, but it was so low that if you find a hole, you may have hit the post holding the upright. The second, with about five minutes remaining, scored 34-34, but widened to the right, and Gophers coach PJ Freck made a strange decision to move down from his 33-yard line to fourth.

It didn’t work.

If Purdue won the game, the decision would have been remembered in Minnesota. Probably not permanent, but for some time. Instead, a phantom offensive pass-interfering call to Purdue Tight End’s Pain Durham will lead a notorious life in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Boilermakers director Jeff Broome then said, “I wish I could comment on my thoughts,” indicating that the staff would send the movie to Big Ten for explanation.

“I don’t have a replay and I can see it,” Broome added. “They called it (penalty) because they knew there was a touchdown.”

Of course, Gophers still have something to do, and it’s not easy. You must win at least two times to get the Bowl Bath. Next is Wisconsin No. 10 Wisconsin, followed by Northwestern No. 19. Perhaps even more daunting is the possibility that Gopher will be shut down by COVID.

The match on Friday has since approached not being played, Freck said. When asked how the Gophers were actually played when they lost 22 players, the coach said, “Because they aren’t all related to COVID.”

According to Big Ten’s rules, if 7.5% of a team’s “population” is tested positive, the entire two weeks will be shut down. Gophers is a roster of 116 players who started the season, which is about nine players.

It’s the timing and the situation that keeps the program playing. Even if nine or more absenteeisms are related to COVID, not all are active cases. For example, you may be quarantined due to contact tracing, or you may be out of a forced absence for 21 days. However, if your team has that number of players, they will appear at least near the edge.

Gophers were lucky in the field on Friday. They may go out and sneak past the new coronavirus.

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