Venric Mark, Northwestern
Mark made the Gophers defense look silly in the first half, running up 151 yards, and he finished with 182. The junior is averaging 113 yards a game this season and has gained at least 120 in three games.
Nick VanHoose, Northwestern
With a potential tie on the line, the freshman broke up Max Shortell's third-and-goal pass to A.J. Barker, the last real scoring chance for the Gophers. VanHoose broke up three passes in the game and had three tackles (two solo).
BY THE NUMBERS
162 Yards rushing for Northwestern in the first half. The Wildcats had just 46 in the second half.
7 Fumbles for the Gophers, two of which were lost.
2 Consecutive losses for the Gophers after starting the season 4-0.