Student Section Feature

Every time I cover a Gopher football game, I hear the student section roar with every big play. And every time I hear that roar, I make a mental note to turn away from the action on the field and photograph the crowd. Then something big happens and that mental note goes out the window with the play at hand.

Yesterday I started looking around for fan features. JACKPOT! Shirtless college students that had painted their bodies to spell M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A.

AP Photo/Hannah Foslien

AP Photo/Hannah Foslien

Not a bad feature, but I knew there was something more.

Then in the fourth quarter, Minnesota was setting up to kick a 52 yard field goal by Ryan Santoso. They make it – they win. They miss it – Purdue wins. I was already well behind the play, with not enough time to make the 100 yard dash with all my gear. Then I turned around and waited. I was either about to get an image of utter disappointment or complete elation.

AP Photo/Hannah Foslien

AP Photo/Hannah Foslien

Guess Santoso made that field goal.