Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers interim head coach Tracy Claeys during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 20-17. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Photos: Gophers defeat Northwestern at Ryan Field

Coming off a bye week, the University of Minnesota Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at Ryan Field by a score of 20-17. The win propels Minnesota to its fifth win of the season — one shy of bowl eligibility — while Northwestern stays win-less in the Big Ten.

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker James Manuel (9) runs back an interception for a touchdown against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second half at Ryan Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 20-17. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker James Manuel (9) is congratulated by his teammates after running back an interception for a touchdown against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second half at Ryan Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 20-17. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) can

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Derrick Engel (18) is tackled by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Matthew Harris (27)) during the second half at Ryan Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 20-17. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats wide receiver Christian Jones (14) is tackled by Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen (21) and linebacker Aaron Hill (57) during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Stephen Buckley (8) scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back David Cobb (27) is tackled by Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Damien Proby (46) during the second half at Ryan Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 20-17. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

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