Nebraska loses to Minnesota at home for first time over half century

The Minnesota Gophers defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 28-24 on November 22, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. The win marks the first time in over half a century that the Gophers have traveled to Lincoln and traveled home with a victory. On October 26, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Gophers defeated the Cornhuskers for the first time since 1960, a year later they end the unbeaten streak at both stadiums.

The win was not only historic, the first time this century, it also was the most dramatic comeback win the Gophers have had this year.

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Down by two touchdowns at the half the Gophers were struggling, punting three times and having one field goal blocked and returned 85 yards for a Cornhusker touchdown. At the half, the score was Minnesota 7, Nebraska 21.

David Cobb (RB – Minnesota) scored the first touchdown of the second half, capping a four play, 35 yard drive with a 17 yard scamper up the middle of the field to bring the score to 21-14 with 11:14 minutes left in the quarter.

The Cornhuskers would add a field goal, bringing the score to 24-14 with 7:18 in the 3rd. The Gophers started their eighth drive at their 27 yard line after Jalen Myrek returns the opening kickoff for 20 yards. The would control the ball for the next 5:25 minutes and march down the field 73 yards when Roderick Williams darted, with not a Husker in sight, around the right side for a 19 yard touchdown.

With 1:47 left in the third quarter the Gophers had closed Nebraska’s lead to 24-21 and, for the majority of the 91,168 fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium, a nervous wave of silence swept the stadium.

The teams would trade punts for the remainder of the quarter and for the first six and a half minutes of the fourth quarter. With 8:34 left in the game the Cornhuskers punted for a touchback, giving Minnesota the ball at their 20 yard line. The Gophers marched 80 yards down the field, eating 5:09 off the clock and scored when Mitch Leidner ran for a 3 yard touchdown.

The ensuing kickoff was crushed for a touchback before Tommy Armstrong Jr. led the Cornhuskers 73 yards down the field. With 1:19 Armstrong completed a 28 yard pass to De’Mornay Pierson-El. Pierson-El caught the pass on the Gophers’ 2 yard line when Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball away from Pierson-El and ran it back to the Gophers’ four yard line with 1:19 left in the game.

The sea of red started draining out the exits Memorial stadium in disgust as the Gophers ran out the clock.

With the win, the Gophers improve to 8-3 on the year, and 5-2 in the conference. They will visit Wisconsin and play for the chance to go to the Big Ten Championship game as the winner of the Gopher-Badger game will have the best record in the Big Ten West division.

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