Earlier this offseason, the Big Ten announced it would play an eight-game schedule, with a few of those games coming on Friday night.
Wisconsin took advantage of the new schedule last weekend with a dominant performance against Illinois. The Badgers took down the Fighting Illini by a final score of 45-7.
This weekend, it was the Maryland Terrapins hosting the Minnesota Gophers. Both teams suffered tough losses in their season-openers, so Friday night’s game was a chance for redemption.
It was the second-straight Big Ten Friday night game that saw the winning team score 45 points. Last night, the Terrapins outlasted the Gophers in a crazy game that saw both teams going on scoring runs.
In the end, Maryland walked out with the 45-44 win in overtime thanks to a missed extra point. Following the win, Maryland’s football program sent a postgame message that quickly went viral.
“Boat rowed,” the tweet read.
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) October 31, 2020
Maryland, of course, is referring to the saying that Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has used during his head coaching tenure. “Row The Boat,” reads Fleck’s mantra that he took with him from Western Michigan to Minnesota.
It’s been a rough start to the 2020 season for Fleck and the Gophers, who surprised in 2019. Minnesota sits at 0-2 on the season after last night’s loss and a season-opening loss to Michigan.
Meanwhile, Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terrapins improve to 1-1 with the impressive win over Minnesota.