Gophers 20, Northwestern 17
The recap: The score was 7-7 late in the third quarter, until Gophers linebacker James Manuel returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown and Chris Hawthorne added two field goals.
What was learned: The quarterback position is far from settled. Mitch Leidner struggled to move the offense; Philip Nelson had much more success.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
• Gophers safety Antonio Johnson made his first career start and led the team with 11 tackles.
• Tight end Maxx Williams finished without a catch. He dropped Leidner’s first pass, then was overthrown by both Leidner and Nelson.
• For the fourth time in five games, defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli delivered a tackle for a loss.
UP NEXT: No. 25 Nebraska
11 a.m. Saturday, TCF Bank Stadium
TV: ESPN • Radio: 100.3-FM
Records: Gophers 5-2, 1-2 Big Ten; Nebraska 5-1, 2-0
The skinny: The Huskers had a bye last weekend, so they’ll be well-rested, and senior QB Taylor Martinez is expected back from his turf toe injury. Nebraska was reeling after a 41-21 loss to UCLA on Sept. 14, but since has lopsided wins over South Dakota State, Illinois and Purdue, cooling coach Bo Pelini’s hot seat. RB Ameer Abdullah ranks second in the Big Ten with 136 rushing yards per game.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Philadelphia||27||2nd Qtr 9:41|
|Minnesota||19||2nd Qtr 10:16|
|Orlando||31||2nd Qtr 10:28|
|Army||49||2nd Half 8:15|
|Wright State||54||2nd Half 8:20|
|Syracuse||66||2nd Half 5:30|
|Cleveland State||49||2nd Half 3:16|
|Delaware State||43||2nd Half 6:32|
|High Point||54||2nd Half 4:20|
|Coppin State||23||1st Half 7:00|
|Nicholls||31||2nd Half 16:02|
|Hampton||27||2nd Half 19:44|
|Gardner-Webb||23||1st Half 3:58|
|MD-Eastern Shore||4||1st Half 14:30|
|Stephen F Austin||21||1st Half 7:38|
|Central Arkansas||24||1st Half 6:35|
|Norfolk State||25||1st Half 4:52|
|TX A&M-CC||14||1st Half 4:30|
|Sam Houston St||29||1st Half 8:27|
|McNeese State||37||1st Half 3:50|
|Milwaukee||12||1st Half 3:22|
|Alcorn State||7:30 PM|
|Southern U||7:30 PM|
|Prairie View||8:00 PM|
|Texas Southern||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Central Conn St||51||FINAL|
|Miss Valley St||52|
|(12) Texas A&M||44||2nd Half 9:01|
|(1) South Carolina||60|
|Robert Morris||65||2nd Half 2:27|
|Mount St Marys||44|
|East Tenn St||68||2nd Half 3:49|
|Wofford||54||2nd Half 3:20|
|Morehead St||61||2nd Half 2:55|
|Illinois||53||2nd Half 4:09|
|(18) Miss State||8:00 PM|
|(15) Nebraska||8:00 PM|
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