Football live blog: Minnesota vs. Air Force halftime thoughts

by Austin Cumblad

 The first ever half of football at TCF Bank Stadium is in the books, and the atmosphere has been everything I expected it to be.  This sticky September evening is abuzz with the crackle of fireworks, the jangling of keys, and the chants of over 50,000 Gophers fans.  Those fans were probably hoping for a halftime scoreline other than 3-3, but they’re not going anywhere.  Now a couple notes on the first half:

-Air Force’s 145 rushing yards must be put in perspective.  The Falcons have run 38 plays on offense – 36 have been on the ground.  They’ve had the most success taking the ball outside but Minnesota has managed to keep them out of the end zone.
-Quarterback Adam Weber still isn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him.  He’s just 5-of-11 for 56 yards.
-Freshman MarQueis Gray has taken three snaps at quarterback.  On his first play from the shotgun, Weber was lined up out wide before going in motion to receive a handoff and complete a 15-yard pass to receiver Eric Decker.  Midway through the second quarter, however, he fumbled the ball after an 11-yard run and has yet to return.  Brewster planned to slip him into the offense gradually, but after the fumble the progression may slow even more.
-Games like this must drive cornerbacks nuts.  They’re programmed for pass coverage, but against Air Force’s triple option offense, passes are rarer than a snowball in July.