Gophers struggle against Cornhusker offense

The Minnesota Gophers hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers on a cloudless Fall day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Huskers defeated the Gophers 48-25.

At the half the score was 24-14 but the game at that point, other than a first possession scoring drive, belonged to the Cornhuskers.  Minnesota drove down the field and scored on their first possession, to which Nebraska countered with a touchdown.

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner, often criticized as a non-passing quarterback, has the best statistical game of his career completing 26 passes for 301 yards.  Minnesota’s defense, however, gave up three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns and looked unable to stop Tommy Armstrong Jr., De’Mornay Pierson-El, and the Nebraska offense.

The Minnesota Gophers could not put together much on offense and, despite scoring 24 points, were not in the game past the first half.  The Cornhuskers broke a streak of losing four games in the final seconds of the game with a dominant performance against Minnesota.

The Gophers now sit at 4-3 on the season, 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Minnesota will face the Michigan Wolverines at home on Halloween, a game that will see the much improved (from last year) Wolverines coming to Minnesota to face the struggling Gophers.

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