Gopher fans reflect on highs and lows of the day after loss to Wisconsin

Updated: November 30, 2019 10:28 PM

Hundreds of Minnesota Gopher football fans were up before sunrise on Saturday anxiously awaiting the annual rivalry game with Wisconsin.

The morning started with the team in the national spotlight, as ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the U of M campus. But in the last 10 minutes of the game, fans left TCF Bank Stadium in droves to avoid almost certain heartache.

Alumni Kelli Marcin put it this way: "It's always rough to be a Minnesota sports fan."

Marcin, who said she flew in from Illinois for the game, was excited to watch the team that had a 10-1 season under its belt heading into Saturday's matchup.

"I really thought they were going to win since they've been doing so well," she said.

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Fans endured constant rain and snow during Saturday's game. As Michael Melberg ran to escape the weather, he said he tried to look at the game with some perspective.

"Think of the whole year, look at the joy it's brought from all the wins we have had," he said. "This is just one game."

Melberg did admit the game was difficult to watch.

"It started off really good, but it went bad really quick," he said.

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