Thursday November 20th, 2014

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Minnesota takes on Nebraska Saturday at Memorial Stadium as both teams look to get back on track following last week's disappointing outcomes. Nebraska (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) was blown out by Wisconsin and Minnesota (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lost a close game to Ohio State. Both teams need help securing a division title. Minnesota hasn't won in Lincoln since 1960, losing seven straight at Nebraska.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to watch

Details for Saturday's game are below:

Kickoff: Noon ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio:  For a list of Minnesota affiliates, click here. For a list of Nebraska affiliates, click here.

Season recaps


11/15: Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24

Nebraska's defense was shredded by Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon, who ran for an FBS record 408 yards on just 25 carries and did not even play in the fourth quarter. Nebraska jumped out to a 17-3 lead thanks to two Gordon fumbles, but the Cornhuskers couldn't sustain any offense or slow down Gordon the rest of the game.

11/1: Nebraska 35, Purdue 14

Ameer Abdullah injured his left knee on Nebraska’s second possession of the game, and Imani Cross filled in by rushing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska was sloppy for most of the game, turning the ball over three times and only generating 297 yards of total offense. The win moved the Huskers into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.

10/25: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

All-America candidate Ameer Abdullah set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, running for more than 200 yards for the fourth time this season. Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell had six catches for 63 yards and became the school’s career leader in reception. Rutgers played wihout suspended wideouts Janarion Grant and Andre Patton. The defeat was the eighth straight for the Scarlet Knights against teams in the Top 25.

10/18: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

Northwestern only generated 290 yards of offense and went 5-of-16 on third down as Nebraska took control by scoring 24 second half points. Ameer Abdullah ran 23 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns for the Huskers who ran for 237 yards.

10/4: Michigan State 27, Nebraska 22

The Cornhuskers rallied from a 27-3 deficit in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short when Tommy Armstrong Jr.’s pass was intercepted at the Spartans’ 17 yard line with 30 seconds left. Nebraska has lost its last nine road games against top-10 opponents. Ameer Abdullah’s 24 carries set a new career record, increasing his total to 687, breaking the old mark of 668 set by Mike Rozier (1981-83).

9/27: Nebraska 45, Illinois 14

The Cornhuskers have scored at least 30 points in all five games this season, just the second time in the last 19 seasons they have turned that trick. Nebraska’s 624 yards of total offense marked the first time it has topped the 600-yard mark in a Big Ten game. Ameer Abdullah had a career-high three rushing touchdowns, finishing with 208 yards on 22 carries.

9/20: Nebraska 41, Miami 31

Nebraska improved to 40-5 in night games at Memorial Stadium. Ameer Abdullah shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, as well as adding a 3-yard touchdown catch. Abdullah moved to third on Nebraska’s all-time rushing list in the game with 3,602 yards, trailing only Mike Rozier (4,780) and Ahman Green (3,880).

9/13: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

The Huskers passed their first road test of the season behind 260 yards and three touchdown passes from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. Ameer Abdullah finished with 110 yards on 19 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter. De’Mornay Pierson-El had an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest punt return since Eric Haag’s school-record 95-yarder against Texas in 2010.

9/6: Nebraska 31, McNeese State 24

Ameer Abdullah saved Nebraska against their FCS visitors by turning a short pass into a game-winning 58-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left. The Huskers improved to 11-0 all-time against FCS opponents. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 131 yards, a career high, on 11 carries. It was the first 100-yard ground game for a Nebraska quarterback since Taylor Martinez in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game.

8/30: Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7

Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries. Nebraska’s 784 yards of total offense were its most since gaining 787 against Utah State in 1991. The Huskers’ 498 rushing yards were their most in a game since putting up 451 against Kansas State in 2010.


11/15: Ohio State 31, Minnesota 24

J.T. Barrett threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a school-record 189 yards and another score as the Buckeyes inched closer to securing a spot in the College Football Playoff and beat Minnesota for the 37th time in their last 39 meetings. Minnesota's David Cobb had 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but the Gophers couldn't overcome two Mitch Leidner interceptions. 

11/8: Minnesota 51, Iowa 14 

Minnesota took back the Floyd of Rosedale trophy with a dominating performance, holding the Hawkeyes to 84 yards rushing, 205 total yards and forcing three turnovers. Mitch Leidner completed only 10 passes all game, but four of those went for touchdowns. Maxx Williams caught three touchdowns among his five catches on the day.

10/25: Illinois 28, Minnesota 24

Mitch Leidner completed 12 of 30 passes for 240 yards, with one interception and one touchdown. He also fumbled late in the fourth quarter with the Gophers in Illinois territory. Minnesota had won its last four meetings with the Illini.

10/18: Minnesota 39, Purdue 38

The Minnesota defense came up with a key fourth-down stop which set the offense up with a short field late in the fourth quarter. Ryan Santoso's 52-yard field goal with 4:59 left to play gave the Gophers a one-point lead. Cedric Thompson intercepted Purdue's Austin Appleby on the ensuing Boilermakers drive and the Gophers were able to run out the rest of the clock.

10/11: Minnesota 24, Northwestern 17

Jalen Myrick's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 7:19 left to play turned out to be the winning score. Northwestern outgained the Gophers 393-274 and ran 30 more offensive plays. Mitch Leidner completed 10 of 15 passes for 153 yards with one interception. He also ran for 31 yards and two touchdowns. 

9/27: Minnesota 30, Michigan 14

Running back David Cobb was phenomenal out of the backfield, rushing for 183 yards on 32 carries. The Minnesota defense forced two Michigan turnovers in the game, including an interception of Shane Morris before he left the game with a concussion. The Golden Gophers held the Wolverines to 171 total yards.

9/20: Minnesota 24, San Jose State 7

Quarterback Chris Streveler went just 1-for-7 for seven yards and an interception in relief of starter Mitch Leidner but ran the ball 18 times for 161 yards and a touchdown. David Cobb carried the ball 34 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota's defense forced five turnovers.

9/13: TCU 30, Minnesota 7

Mitch Leidner threw for 151 yards and three interceptions. The Golden Gophers had just 268 yards of total offense. Minnesota was held scoreless until the fourth quarter.

9/6: Minnesota 35, Middle Tennessee 24

David Cobb ran for a career-high 220 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He became Minnesota's first 200-yard rusher since Amir Pinnix in 2005. Mitch Leidner was injured early in the fourth quarter and replaced by Chris Streveler. 

8/28: Minnesota 42, Eastern Illinois 20

Freshman running back Berkley Edwards ran for two touchdowns in his first career game. Mitch Leidner threw one touchdown pass and ran for two touchdowns. Defensive lineman Alex Keith had a sack and recovered two fumbles.

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