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Continued: Coaches tell Gophers they're better than they think

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 21, 2013 - 10:14 AM

“We’re getting finally to where we’ve got some depth,” Claeys said. “You better be careful. You take a day off, the guy behind you is going to take your job, and you won’t see the field again.”

Claeys also explained the team’s cautious play-calling before Chris Hawthorne missed a 44-yard field goal to end the first half.

“I told the offensive guys, ‘Hey, be careful with the football here,’ ” Claeys said, noting that the team fell behind late in the first half against Michigan in an eventual 42-13 loss.

“Going into halftime tied 7-7 on the road — there’s no shame in that,” Claeys said. “And we felt like momentum had turned our way in the second quarter, and I didn’t want to do anything to give that back to them.”

In that sense, it worked. After a strong second half, especially defensively, the Gophers were in the locker room, celebrating with Kill.

 

Joe Christensen • jchristensen@startribune.com

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