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Continued: Big plays lead Gophers to big win over UNLV in opener

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 30, 2013 - 7:09 AM

“Everybody was telling me to keep my head in the game,” Shabazz said. “I was just waiting for the ball to bounce, and it just happened. It was like a dream, actually. It was Ra’Shede who knocked it out there. I told him thank you for that.”

Nelson finished the game with 83 yards rushing and completed 10 of 22 passes for 99 yards. With a comfortable lead, the Gophers were able to give backup quarterback Mitch Leidner his first college snaps late in the fourth quarter.

Leidner rushed for a 4-yard touchdown on Minnesota’s final drive, as the Gophers finished with their highest point total in a game at TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009. They had scored 44 points on two previous occasions.

“There was a lot of good things that happened out there,” Kill said. “The most important one is we won the game.”







 

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