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Continued: Gophers get a surprise from Kill, and a win at Northwestern

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 20, 2013 - 12:05 AM

“Then I looked behind me to make sure there was nobody else there, and I had the green light to go.”

Hawthorne atoned for his earlier miss with two fourth-quarter field goals. Northwestern made the Gophers sweat by converting three fourth downs on a 75-yard touchdown drive that trimmed the lead to 20-17 with 2:07 remaining.

Northwestern tried an onside kick, but it didn’t go the requisite 10 yards. The Gophers sealed the victory with two first downs, including a 7-yard scramble by Nelson on third-and-6 from the Wildcats 28-yard line.

“They told me to stay in bounds and keep the clock running,” Nelson said. “And I thought a chance to get the first down, so it was just a sprint to the pylon.”

And soon it was a sprint around the field for the Gophers, who slapped hands with the fans who showed up wearing maroon and gold.

Kill spoke to the team again after the game, then hopped back in the car for the ride home.

“He told all of us he was proud of us, and that’s the best compliment you can get,” Claeys said. “He’s got a lot of hours a lot of time invested in this, and the other thing that makes this so special, we needed to win a game for the people of Minnesota.

“They’ve been patient with us, and we understand everybody wants to win right now. I’m awfully proud that the kids battled and represented the university in the way it should be represented.”





 

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