April 15, 2017
The University of Minnesota football team held its annual spring game on Saturday at a sun-splashed TCF Bank Stadium.
The game was the first for the Gophers under head coach P.J. Fleck, who was hired to lead the Maroon and Gold on Jan. 6, 2017. The annual contest nearly concludes Minnesota's spring practices, as the Gophers will practice once more on Monday, April 17 before training camp starts in the fall.
The contest featured Minnesota's offense versus its defense. The offense was on the south sideline and wore Gold jerseys, while the defense patrolled the north sideline in Maroon jerseys. Minnesota's quarterbacks wore anthracite jerseys.
The event started with some tackling drills and then led way to four 15-minute quarters. A running clock was used and the game also featured a kicking competition and showcased two fans trying to catch a punt (BTN video here).
Official stats were not kept for the game and points were awarded at the discretion of coach Fleck. The Maroon team prevailed 42-40 and both team's were aided by Minnesota's talented kickers.
At the conclusion of the game, coach Fleck and players signed autographs on the field.
Minnesota opens its 2017 season on Aug. 31 against Buffalo at TCF Bank Stadium. Season tickets are available at MyGopherSports.com.
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