Skip to main content

Gophers can't hold on falling to No. 21 Nebraska 24-17

Gophers offense accumulated just 264 yards.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Despite having a lead at halftime, the Gophers were not able to upset the No. 21 University of Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday falling 24-17.

Minnesota mustered just 264 yards of offense in the loss. Saturday's defeat also puts Minnesota's chances of winning the Big Ten West division in serious doubt.

The Gophers opened the game with a 14 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a Rodney Smith touchdown. It was the 9th rushing touchdown in his last 80 carries.

We really ought to just copy and paste this tweet:@Numerouno1_ with the @GopherFootball TD. https://t.co/2Rq2S9CCt5

— Minnesota on BTN (@MinnesotaOnBTN) November 13, 2016

However the Huskers retook the lead with a field goal and touchdown and led 10-3.

Minnesota kept feeding Smith and his 30-yard run late in the second quarter, eventually set up a Mitch Leidner touchdown and the Gophers were back in front 14-10.

As the first half expired, kicker Emmitt Carpenter hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Gophers a 17-10 lead at halftime.

Nebraska opened the second half by marching down the field with ease as the drive ended with a 31-yard screen pass and the game was tied at 17.

Later in the 4th quarter the Cornhuskers took the lead for good when quarterback Tommy Armstrong rushed in a 13-yard touchdown, giving Nebraska the 24-17 lead.

Leidner and the Gophers offense had one last chance late in the final minutes, but the QB threw an interception which cemented the win for Nebraska.

With the loss the Gophers are 7-3 on the season and will host Northwestern next weekend at TCF Bank Stadium.

Next Up

Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen.

Walz, Jensen clash over 'extreme' abortion views

The two clashed over the topic on Tuesday, following the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 12.24.27 PM

Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia

Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 1.25.30 PM

Police trying to ID 'Playboy bandit' and 'no-pants raider' suspect

Police are calling the unidentified man "the Playboy bandit" and the "no-pants raider."

storm, severe, shelf cloud

Twin Cities under severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday afternoon

Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 9.27.30 AM

Famous Dave's family brings new BBQ biz to the south metro

The newest Twin Cities location is the first to offer wine slushies on the menu.

storm, shelf cloud, severe weather

Large hail possible with strong storms in eastern MN, WI

Watch the forecast update with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

Tony Evers, Wisconsin governor

WI governor vows to protect anyone charged with abortion crimes

“You think it’s bad now? The four Republicans that are going after me, one of them we’re going to beat, they are going to make it worse," Evers said.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, June 28

The state will stop providing daily updates and move to weekly editions beginning Thursday, June 30.

FWV_YSOWAAI_CS-

Sports anchor Hobie Artigue announces FOX9 departure

Artigue has spent the past seven years covering Minnesota sports.

hennepin county medical center

Boy, 7, dies after being pulled from pool in south Minneapolis

The boy was pulled from a pool at a home in south Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 8.32.18 AM

Nashville man leaving wedding shot in the face in Minneapolis

He was leaving a wedding when gunfire erupted near the Stone Arch Bridge Saturday night.

image

Abogados Café in St. Paul is the first law-themed coffee shop in America

The new business is Minnesota's first Latina-owned coffee shop.

Related

Gophers can't hold on falling to No. 21 Nebraska 24-17

Gophers offense accumulated just 264 yards.

Gopher men collapse again for fifth straight loss

The Gophers blew a 7-point halftime lead.

Gopher men collapse again for fifth straight loss

The Gophers blew a 7-point halftime lead.

Gophers AD: Tracy Claeys 'is our football coach'

Get ready for more of Tracy Claeys leading the Gophers.

Gophers AD: Tracy Claeys 'is our football coach'

Get ready for more of Tracy Claeys leading the Gophers.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

24 and Single: The Gophers' epic loss to the Michigan Wolverines in 2003

Sports producer Declan Goff reveals his latest 24 and Single column.

Mitch Leidner will miss his second straight game

Can Rhoda lead the Gophers to another win on Saturday?