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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Penn State rallied to upset Wisconsin and win the conference title and its ninth consecutive game. This winning streak began Oct. 1 against the Gophers in a game that was one minute away from becoming Penn State's third loss in five games.