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By: Kate Butler
The Golden Gophers came into today’s game against
The second quarter was fairly quiet, until the end when UWM took the lead 7-10. Almost immediately after falling behind on the scoreboard, MN took another unfortunate hit. QB MarQueis Gray left the field after an injury to his left leg; details of a possible high-ankle sprain are yet to be released. Max Shortell was on fire as he stepped in for Gray, throwing teammate AJ Barker his second touchdown of the game just minutes after being put in. The two continued to play the game the best way they knew how, scoring yet another touchdown heading in to halftime, putting the Gophers up 21-10. “I felt comfortable he could keep giving me the ball, and he did!” Barker said of Shortell following the game.
The second half proved to be a fight to the finish for both teams, with a back-to-back touchdowns. The first of which came from UWM’s Antoin Scriven, followed by Shortell firing a TD pass to Drew Goodger. UWM tried to rally with another touch down, but the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful and the win became out of reach. A few more penalties and incomplete passes from both teams, as well as some monster plays from Donnell Kirkwood, wrapped this game as a Gopher win. With a final score of 28-23, Jerry Kill stated, “We played well enough to win. Do we need to get better? Absolutely.”
The Gophers will take the field next Saturday for their first time under the lights this season against