The Minnesota Gophers take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels on the opening day of the 2012 college football season. Both teams will be leaps and bounds ahead of their performance from last year as the Gophers won three games and the Rebels won two. With a halftime score of 7-3, both offenses look a bit sloppy on both sides of the ball.
The Rebels are sporting new uniforms in this game that look great and sleek, but at the same time are easy enough on the eyes to give them a classic look.
Minnesota came in as 12-point favorites, but UNLV jumped out to an early lead after a Minnesota turnover. For a team that is coming off of a two-win season, the Rebels look motivated against the Big Ten's bottom-dweller Minnesota.
James Gillum scored the first touchdown of the season for the Gophers on a 16-yard rush. This was set up by a 39-yard connection through the air from MarQueis Gray to A.J. Barker. This was the first drive that Minnesota looked like the clearly superior team.
Here are a few quick observations from the first-half of the Minnesota-UNLV football game.