The first half of Minnesota’s win over Maryland didn’t end well for the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota coach PJ Fleck decided to kick a field goal with 4 seconds left before halftime. The kick was blocked, meaning the Golden Gophers took a 17-10 lead into the break.

Fleck discussed the rationale for his decision in his postgame press conference, and he said having possession to start the second half was a big factor.

It didn’t prove to be too costly. Maryland only scored 6 points in the second half and Minnesota ended up winning 36-14. The Minnesota run game was strong, led by 139 yards and a touchdown from Ky Thomas. Mar’Keise Irving also had a big day, tallying 105 yards and a touchdown — the first of his carer — on 15 attempts.

Minnesota improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in B1G play with the victory. The Golden Gophers take on Northwestern next week.