MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gophers grids stun Nebraska 34-23
MINNEAPOLIS - (SportsNetwork.com) - Philip Nelson went 7-for-15 for 152 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 55 yards and two touchdowns to power the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a 34-23 victory over the 25th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.
David Cobb ran 31 times for 138 yards for Minnesota and Mitch Leidner added a rushing touchdown. Derrick Engel had two receptions and a touchdown for the Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Ameer Abdullah carried the load for the Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1) with 19 carries for 165 yards, while Taylor Martinez completed 16-of-30 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Sam Cotton and Imani Cross notched the only touchdowns for Nebraska. Nebraska led 10-0 but the Golden Gophers scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-13 halftime lead (the last time the Gophers even led in the series was 1969) and bumped that lead up to 27-13 before the 'Huskers responded with a touchdown and field goal to close within four in the fourth quarter at 27-23. But the U put the game away with Nelson's one-yard TD in the final minutes. The win was Minnesota's first over Nebraska since 1960. Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill was watching the game from the booth while still taking a leave of absence in effort to better control his epilepsy.
Jason Pominville tallied two goals as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, at United Center. Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine each lit the lamp as well as the Wild matched their season-high of five goals. Mikael Granlund and Ryan Suter both contributed two assists to help the Wild extend their winning streak to three games. Niklas Backstrom stopped 33-of-36 shots and earned his first win of the season in an excellent performance between the pipes. Bryan Bickell, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger scored for Chicago in defeat. Corey Crawford allowed five goals on 25 shots as the Blackhawks dropped their second straight game.
Hannah Brandt's game winning goal at 12:46 mark of the third period preserved the University of Minnesota women's hockey team's winning streak Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 victory over Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minn. Brandt also had another goal and tallied an assist. The Beavers took a 2-1 lead in the first period and tied the score in the third on Hannah Moher's goal. Kelly Terry and Rachel Bonna also scored for the Gophers and Bonna had an assist. Gopher goalie Amanda Leveille stopped 18 shots. The streak is now at 57 games.