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Halftime: Minnesota funbles twice, TCU leads Gophers 10-3

TCU leads the Gophers 10-3 at halftime before a full house at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota is hanging in there, despite two big turnovers.

THE RECAP

Jaden Oberkrom hit a 53-yard field goal, giving TCU an early lead.

The Gophers fumbled on their next drive, when defensive end Terrell Lathan got around left tackle Ben Lauer to sack Mitch Leidner, popping the ball loose. TCU recovered at Minnesota’s 15-yard line, and moments later, Trevone Boykin hit Josh Doctson for a nine-yard touchdown.

Less than 10 minutes into the game, TCU had a 10-0 lead.

But the Gophers defense stiffened, and the offense started finding its footing. They ran the flea flicker, with Leidner hitting KJ Maye for a 36-yard gain. Four plays later, Rodrick Williams went airborne for a six-yard gain, but fumbled the ball at the 1, with the ball bouncing through the end zone for a touchback.

After making five turnovers in last year’s 30-7 loss, the Gophers had vowed to protect the ball better, but those two were big setbacks.

Ryan Santoso hit a 42-yard field goal putting the Gophers on the board, and Oberkrom missed a 29-yard attempt off the left upright with 28 seconds left in the half.

Pregame blog: Campion injured and won't play for Gophers

Gophers offensive lineman Josh Campion, who started every game the past three years, won't play in Thursday night's season opener against TCU because of an unspecified injury.

Campion came onto the field in a white jersey to cheer on his maroon-jerseyed teammates.

Left tackle Ben Lauer (knee surgery) appears healthy and is slated to start. The projected starting O-line:

LT Lauer, LG Jon Christenson, C Brian Bobek, RG Connor Mayes, RT Jonah Pirsig.

NEW START TIME: The Gophers have also announced that the kickoff will be moved to 8:15 p.m.

Keep checking back here for other updates. The Star Tribune Live Blog will also be flowing with updates from inside and outside the stadium.

Update: WR Isaiah Gentry (hamstring) is also out for tonight's game.

Chris Streveler would be the backup QB if something happened to Mitch Leidner, but Demry Croft and Jacques Perra both lined up with the 2's during warm-ups.

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    Minnesota

     

    - F

    6

    4

  • Atlanta

    Washington

     

    - F

    1

    15

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Detroit

    Kansas City

     

    - Bot 6th

    6

    8

  • San Francisco

    Colorado

     

    - Bot 6th

    3

    9

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    San Diego

     

    - Bot 2nd

    0

    4

  • Chicago

    New York

     

    - F

    82

    60

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    Seattle

     

    - 2nd, 0:00

    47

    34

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    Los Angeles

     

    - 1st, 2:39

    22

    16

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