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The football team will miss a second consecutive game dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has affected 21 players and 26 staff members.
The Minnesota athletics department announced Saturday an additional 15 positive cases – eight players and seven staff – during the current pause to all football activities. That brings the total cases to 40, including 20 players and 20 staff members.
Rashod Bateman, the reigning Big Ten receiver of the year, won't be back with the Gophers when their current pause for COVID-19 ends.
Grab-and-go individual meals will replace the usual team gathering Thursday as Gophers football weathers a COVID-19 outbreak that has already canceled one game and is seriously threatening another.
This will mark the first time since 1906 that the annual border rivalry won't take place.
The Gophers said they aim to return to practice Wednesday and still play Saturday at Wisconsin.
A combination of positive COVID-19 tests and injuries knocked out several players and coaches, but the Gophers still beat Purdue 34-31 at TCF Bank Stadium to improve to 2-3 in this shortened and delayed Big Ten season..
In Friday's 34-31 win for the Gophers, two controversial calls on Purdue's last-ditch drive sealed the Boilermakers' drop to 2-2.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said he counted an uncharacteristic eight drops in last week's 35-7 loss to Iowa. But that's not the only aspect of this offense that's been unrecognizable.
Purdue took its first loss of the season last week, a closely fought, one-touchdown game against undefeated Northwestern.