Skip to main content

Gophers prevail in high-scoring, back-and-forth against Indiana, 42-39

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Philip Nelson had a breakout game as the Gophers' quarterback, throwing for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns as Minnesota outlasted the defiant Indian Hoosiers Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana, 42-39.

David Cobb also emerged as a real running threat, carrying the ball 29 times for 188 yards.

In a game that went down to the last minute, with the Gophers recovering a backward lateral to end any Indiana hopes of a game-winning drive, the victory was another unexpected one in a year fraught with off-field issues.

Minnesota got on the board early and first, with a Nelson 10-yarder to to Derrick Engel for a six and the extra point. Engel ended up with four catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Indiana responded by adding a touchdown and a field goal to end the first term, going up 10-7.

Head coach Jerry Kill was coaching from the pressbox as he continues to recover from epileptic seizures; acting head coach Tracy Claeys led the team from the sidelines. Kill could be seen high-fiving and hugging as he took the headset off in the game's waning seconds.

Platoon QB Mitch Leidner scored the second touchdown for the U on a five-yarder in the 2nd quarter. From then on, it was Nelson's show, and he delivered, throwing two touches in the 2nd quarter, and another in the fourth. The gamebreaker was a 50-yarder from Nelson to Maxx Williams.

Minnesota goes to 7-2 on the season, and a surprising 3-2 in the Big Ten, while Indiana goes 3-5, 1-3 in Big Ten conference play.

Next Up


Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings

Both of the Vikings' GM finalists land in the same division looking to return to relevancy.

David Ortiz

Twins congratulate David Ortiz on HOF induction, it ends badly

Twins fans haven't forgotten the biggest mistake in franchise history.

Snowmobile tracks Any Arthur Flickr

Who left the burnt snowmobile on a frozen Minnesota lake?

There wasn't much left beyond the frame and a few other large, metal parts.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Charges: Drunk council member fled police on wrong side of Hwy. 100

The complaint alleges he caused a wrong-way crash, then drove around an officer that tried to stop him.


What does the future hold for the Vikings at linebacker?

Anthony Barr is hitting free agency, and Eric Kendricks is approaching age 30

vehicle car

String of vehicle thefts in St. Paul, most left running unattended

The department is urging people not to leave their car running unattended.

kid hospital doctor

Child COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic-high in northern MN

As omicron surges, more kids are ending up in the hospital.

ice fishing close unsplash

'It's disgusting': Anglers dumping sewage on to popular ice fishing lake

A local CO told Bring Me The News it's people in newer, RV-style wheel houses.

Alejandro Rios and Michael Steward

Reward offered for information on 2021 double fatal shooting in St. Paul

It's been a year since Alejandro Rios and Michael Stewart were found dead on the sidewalk.