PJ Fleck explains decision to kick field goal to end 1st half
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.
PJ Fleck on the blocked field goal to end the first half:
“If I would’ve known we were going to miss the field goal or get it blocked, I wouldn’t have kicked it. I thought if we make it, we’re up 20-10 and we get the ball (to start the third).” #Gophers @FOX9 pic.twitter.com/SisUGSTX3A
— Jeff Wald (@JeffWaldFox9) October 24, 2021
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.