Philip Nelson, Gophers
The sophomore quarterback replaced Mitch Leidner and completed eight of 11 passes for 112 yards with a touchdown.
James Manuel, Gophers
The senior linebacker returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown and had one of the team's three sacks.
By the NUMBERS
5 Times in five drives the Gophers had to punt with Mitch Leidner at quarterback.
2 Times in eight drives the Gophers had to punt with Nelson at quarterback.
0 Turnovers for the Gophers, compared to three for Northwestern.
176-94 Gophers' edge in net rushing yardage.
234-123 Northwestern's edge in passing yardage.
35:15 Possession time for the Gophers, an edge of more than 10 minutes.
54.3 Completion percentage for Northwestern, which came in averaging 65.9.
103 Rushing yards for Gophers junior David Cobb.