Northwestern Wildcats (3-4) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Watch: Big Ten Network
Listen: WGN Radio
Northwestern is looking for a comeback to get back to a .500 win percentage on the season as they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Evanston. The Golden Gophers are on a hot streak, winning 5 of their last 6 games, so we'll be keeping an eye out to see if the Wildcats can shut them down today.
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Coin Toss: Northwestern wins coin toss and defers to second half; Minnesota will receive first.
1ST QTR: Despite a strong effort from the Northwestern Wildcats' defense to shut down the Gophers in the Red Zone, Minnesota takes a 3-0 lead after eating up almost 8 minutes on the clock with a 26-yard field goal from kicker Matthew Trickett.
1ST QTR: Minnesota recovers a fumble on Ryan Hilinski's first pass of the game to Malik Washington and takes it back to the end zone to quickly bring the Gophers up to a 10-0 lead just 11 seconds after their previous score.
1ST QTR: Northwestern goes down three-and-out after Hilinski is sacked by Minnesota's Boye Mafe, as the Wildcats have only gained one yard of total offense with 6:29 left in the first quarter.
1ST QTR: Minnesota extends their lead to 13-0 with a 30-yard field goal from Trickett.
END OF 1ST QTR: Minnesota 13, Northwestern 0.
2ND QTR: Andrew Marty is back in at quarterback for the Wildcats after missing several past games from an injury.
2ND QTR: Touchdown Wildcats! Marty connects with Evan Hull on a 6-yard completion to put Northwestern on the board. Minnesota 13, Northwestern 7 with 11:51 left to go in the first half.
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2ND QTR: After marching down the field due to large gains from Ky Thomas and Mike Brown-Stephens, the Golden Gophers extend their lead to 20-7 with a 3-yard TD run from Mar'Keise Irving.
2ND QTR: Ryan Hilinski is back in under center for the Wildcats. It seems like Northwestern is planning to use a platoon attack moving forward today.
2ND QTR: The first half closed out with an impressive interception from the Wildcats' Brandon Joseph as he dove into the end zone to hang on to a deflected pass from Minnesota's Morgan.
HALFTIME: Minnesota 20, Northwestern 7.
3RD QTR: The Wildcats go for it on 4th and 1, and the QB keeper from Andrew Marty pays off as he picks up the first down to keep Northwestern's second half opening drive alive.
3RD QTR: The Wildcats' drive stalls out after eating up 5 minutes on the clock. Score remains 20-7 Minnesota with 9 minutes left in the third.
3RD QTR: The Gophers go three-and-out for the first time today, leaving the Wildcats with 7:26 left in the third to try to regain some ground.
END OF 3RD QTR: Minnesota 20, Northwestern 7.
4TH QTR: Seconds into the fourth, Minnesota tacks on another score as QB Tanner Morgan keeps it and legs out an 18-yard TD run to extend the Gophers' lead to 27-7.
4TH QTR: The 'Cats go for it on 4th and 8, and Marty's pass intended for Charlie Mangieri is incomplete, giving the Gophers the ball at Northwestern's 43-yard line.
4TH QTR: Minnesota extends their lead to 34-7 after a 41-yard run to the end zone by Mar'Keise Irving with under 10 minutes left in the game.
4TH QTR: TOUCHDOWN WILDCATS! Andrew Marty with a 17-yard TD connection to senior Berkeley Holman cuts the Gophers' lead to 34-14 with 6:37 left. This was Holman's first career TD.
4TH QTR: Minnesota extends their lead even further as sophomore Derik LeCaptain runs it 24 yards to the end zone. With under two minutes left in the contest, the Gophers lead 41-14.
FINAL: Minnesota 41, Northwestern 14.