On third down, the Bulldogs quarterback threw a quick slant to the receiver, who split the defensive backs into the end zone for the apparent go-ahead touchdown with 41 seconds to play. But a holding penalty nullified the score and put the ball at the 26.
Another incompletion brought up fourth down. The quarterback broke the pocket and rolled right, seemingly with all the time he needed to find a receiver in the end zone, despite eight Mavericks defenders in that 4,800 square feet.
Unable to run, the quarterback lofted a pass toward the corner, and there were five or six sets of arms reaching toward the football.
Above them all, Minnesota State safety Jordan Hale batted the ball away, setting off the Mavericks’ celebration.
Then came the four-hour ride home, dodging traffic and slipping through the many construction zones, happy that most of the cars were in their garages, resting comfortably.
It was also time to think about the blessings.
Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at email@example.com or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.