The Vikings had the early lead, but Oakland took control of the game in the second quarter after Adrian Peterson left with an ankle injury. Minnesota (2-8) had a shot to win it late in the fourth quarter, but failed to complete the comeback.
Gophers rally, but fall to Northwestern 21-13 in bid for homecoming win
University of Minnesota back-up quarterback Max Shortell rallied the Gophers late in the fourth quarter but the team fell short in its loss to Northwestern 21-13 Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Shortell came in for MarQuies Gray, who got the start for the Gophers but reinjured his ankle in the third quarter.