MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher, usually so huggable, turned out to be anything but soft when a youth football player got in his way during a halftime exhibition at the Minnesota Vikings' game this weekend.

Goldy plowed through the helmet-wearing young defender during the game that pitted mascots against youth players Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. No one was hurt.

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New Gophers coach P.J. Fleck sounded the Gjallarhorn before kickoff of the Vikings game against Tampa Bay, and several Gopher football players attended.

Goldy linked to a video of the play on his Twitter feed . The buck-toothed maroon-and-gold mascot urged Fleck to put him in Minnesota's lineup, saying "I think I still have some eligibility left!!!"