Minnesota loses season finale to Wisconsin

The Minnesota Gophers get shut out by Big Ten opponent for second consecutive game.  The Gophers wrap up the 2017 season being outscored 70-0 in their final two games and will look to shore up holes in their defense and improve their offensive attack.

Gophers’ head coach, P.J. Fleck has preached all year that this program will need time to improve and if they stick to the process, improvements will be made.  The process included benching athletes for off-field infractions and changing quarterbacks mid-season.  As he says, the process will take time.

The Gophers offense was anemic, gaining just 133 yards of total offense compared to Wisconsin’s 456.  The defense struggled equally, giving up almost ten yards per pass completion (the Badgers completed 17 of 21 pass attempts) and averaged 7.6 yards per play, gaining 456 yards on 60 plays.

Wisconsin Quarterback, Alex Hornibrook lived up to the expectations requesit of a fifth ranked team, throwing three touchdowns leading the Badgers to their 14th consecutive victory over the Minnesota Gophers.  Hornibrook completed 15 of his 19 pass attempts for 151 yards, an impressive number for the traditionally run-first offense known for their offensive line prowess.

At the post-game press conference, his energetic and positive mannerisms showed hints of disappointment for seniors being sent off in such a loss despite cliché-laden hints of optimism.

The Badgers will meet Ohio State in their next game, the Big Ten title game.  The Gophers will start their off season regimen, hoping to emerge next season with all oars in sync, rowing to a better season.

Story by Matt Blewett
Photos by Rick Corwine

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