Offensive mvp

Philip Nelson, Gophers

The sophomore quarterback replaced Mitch Leidner and completed eight of 11 passes for 112 yards with a touchdown.

defensive MVP

James Manuel, Gophers

The senior linebacker returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown and had one of the team's three sacks.


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.