Gophers beat Nebraska 28-24, Big Ten title game one win away


The Minnesota Gophers won a big game over Nebraska 28-24 in Lincoln Saturday afternoon. Nebraska was driving late in the fourth quarter in an attempt to take the lead when receiver DeMornay Pierson-El fumbled the ball and Minnesota recovered. The Gophers ran out the clock to win.

The victory keeps alive the Gophers' hopes of winning the Big Ten West Division title. They need to beat the Badgers next Saturday in Madison to clinch the title.

The Gophers were down by 21-7 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter to begin closing the gap. Running back David Cobb scored a touchdown on a 17-yard run, to cut the lead to 7.

But he left the game after apparently injuring his left hamstring and didn't play the rest of the way, the Star Tribune reports.

Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with 3:25 left in the game. He passed for 135 yards, rushed for 110 yards and scored two TDs on the day.

The Gophers (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) will play at Wisconsin next Saturday. A victory would make them the winners of the Big Ten West Division and send them to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

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