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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gophers upend Northwestern 20-17

EVANSTON, Ill. ( - David Cobb rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries to help lead the University of Minnesota football team to a 20-17 win over the Northwestern Wildcats in a Big Ten Conference showdown at Dyche Stadium.

Philip Nelson completed 8-of-11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Derrick Engel tallied two receptions for 42 yards and was on the receiving end of Nelson's touchdown pass. For Northwestern (4-3, 0-3), which has lost three straight since entering league play, Trevor Siemian was 25-of-46 for 234 yards and a touchdown, but he was hindered by a pair of interceptions, with one going the other way for a Minnesota touchdown. Tony Jones led all receivers with eight catches and 84 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Stephen Buckley rushed nine times for 58 yards and a score.

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, who began an indefinite leave of absence on Oct. 10 to deal with health issues, returned from an epilepsy clinic in Michigan earlier this week and drove all the way to Evanston Saturday morning and watched the game from a private box. He will continue treatment at his Minneapolis home, and there's still no timetable for his return to the sideline. He spoke to the team at halftime with the scored tied at 7-7. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was the acting head coach on the sidelines for the Gophers. Minnesota returns home next weekend to play Nebraska.


Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes both scored in the shootout as the Florida Panthers downed the Minnesota Wild, 2-1 at the BB&T Center in Miami. Aleksander Barkov tallied the lone goal in regulation for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Tim Thomas made 30 stops in the triumph. Jonas Brodin netted the only goal for Minnesota, which has lost three consecutive contests. Josh Harding registered 21 saves in defeat. The Wild are 3-3-3 on the season.


The No. 3 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey could be ranked No. 1 this week. The Golden Gophers put their claim in for the top spot in college hockey as they walloped Bemidji State Saturday evening 5-1 in Bemidji. The Gophers scored five unanswered goals after trailing 1-0 in the first period. Sam Warning had two goals to lead the undefeated Gophers and goalie Adam Wilcox made 24 saves.


Win No. 55 in a row was tallied by the University of Minnesota women's hockey team as they beat Minnesota-Duluth 6-3 in Duluth Saturday. The Golden Gophers scored on three power play goals. Sarah Davis and Dani Cameranesi both scored twice with Cameranesi getting an assist. Maryanne Menefee had an goal and an assist for the Gophers as well and Rachel Bonna and Hannah Brandt each had two assists. U goalie Amanda Leveille made 27 saves.