Shawn Smith, the UM-Crookston sports information director, explained to Yahoo! Sports that the numbers hadn't been painted on the field when the students started doing their work. So they started at the 40 instead of the 45.
"The bottom line was it was a mistake, it happened and hey, we won," Smith told Yahoo!
More important to Crookston was that their football team ended a 39-game losing streak with the logo askew, beating Southwest Minnesota State 33-28.
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It was bad enough that Minnesota United played as poorly as it did in Wednesday night's 4-0 loss. But the game will be remembered for a remarkable goal that should become the working definition of #fail for a while.