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Northwestern-Minnesota game canceled

Field Level Media
01 Dec 2020, 04:19 GMT+10

The Northwestern-Minnesota football scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Golden Gophers' program.

Per Big Ten policy this season, the game will not be rescheduled and will be ruled a no-contest.

Minnesota (2-3 overall, 2-3 Big Ten), which also canceled last Saturday's game at Wisconsin, reported 47 people (21 athletes, 26 staff members) have tested positive for the coronavirus since Nov. 19.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff continues to be our main priority," Golden Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said. "The last couple of days have shown a decrease in positive cases, but not to the point where we are able to return to competition. We are disappointed not to be able to compete against Northwestern on Saturday, but we need to continue to focus on following all CDC and MDH guidelines and slow the spread of the virus. We will now shift our priority to doing everything possible to compete at Nebraska on December 12, and our decisions will continue to be guided by our medical experts."

Saturday's cancellation marks the first such result this season for Northwestern (5-1, 5-1), which sustained its first loss of the season with a 29-20 setback to Michigan State last Saturday.

The Wildcats will conclude their regular season against Illinois on Dec. 12.

--Field Level Media

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