Minnesota uses giant ‘Gopher’ to distract kickers

On the opening day of college football, Minnesota hosted No. 2 TCU. In case you were unaware, Minnesota’s mascot is the gopher. And in case you missed the game, Minnesota is still displaying a giant gopher lookalike — the “Dramatic Squirrel” — on the jumbotron to distract kickers.

The Gophers first employed this technique two years ago and last night, despite ultimately falling to the Horned Frogs 23-17, the gopher was able to distract the kicker at least once, holding TCU at 3-4 on field goals.

Kicking field goals in Minnesota ain’t easy… http://t.co/epLxPzh0nX pic.twitter.com/yjHMQGdDK8

— Fancred (@Fancred) September 4, 2015

It’s early in the season, so perhaps the giant gopher is just getting warmed up and will be able to put up better numbers next week. Stay tuned.

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