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Christensen: Defense dominates Gophers' football scrimmage

  • Blog Post by: Joe Christensen
  • April 5, 2014 - 4:10 PM

One week before their annual spring game, the Gophers held their most extensive scrimmage of spring practice Saturday.

The defense dominated early, keeping the offense without a point for the first seven drives. But the Gophers started running their hurry-up offense, and converted several big plays.

Here were some notable highlights:

- Cedric Thompson made a terrific interception to halt the first drive.

- Ryan Santoso made field goals of 26 and 46 yards. Andrew Harte hit a 43-yard field goal, and those two combined to make every extra point. Those two are both redshirt freshmen.

- Mitch Leidner hit KJ Maye with a 50-yard touchdown pass.

- Donnell Kirkwood had rushes for 7, 8, 37, 9, 19 and 10 yards.

- Chris Streveler completed a 32-yard pass to Eric Carter

- Rodrick Williams had touchdown runs of 7 and 15 yards.

- Berkley Edwards had 49-yard touchdown run.

- Logan Hutton made a big diving catch on a throw by Conor Rhoda.

- Leidner added a 29-yard touchdown run.

For more perspective, noting which defense was on the field for each drive, etc., here’s a summation from my play-by-play notes:

SESSION I

First-offense (Leidner at QB) vs. first defense

Cobb: 2 rushes, 16 yards.

Kirkwood: 1 rush, 7 yards

Last play: Leidner threw a pass for Plsek that got tipped, and Cedric Thompson intercepted it with an acrobatic play.

Click here for the rest of the play-by-play

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