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As a Northern Illinois senior, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck helped play a big role in upset of Maryland

As a Northern Illinois senior, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck helped play a big role in upset of Maryland

The football game between Maryland and Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis will certainly bring back memories for first-year Gophers coach P.J. Fleck.

As a senior at Northern Illinois in 2003, Fleck played a major role in his team’s 20-13 season-opening overtime victory against the 15th-ranked Terps in DeKalb.

"We expected to win this game, we came in thinking we were going to win, and we did," Fleck, who caught 13 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, said afterward.

Said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen at the time: "I knew this would be a close game. I knew that all summer. So I'm not surprised with how the game went....

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