Halftime: Led by two quarterbacks, Gophers up 17-13 over Cornhuskers


Oct 26, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

With alternating quarterbacks, the Gophers have scored two touchdowns and a field goal to lead the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-13 at halftime.

Mitch Leidner got the start and rushed for a one yard touchdown in the final seconds of the first quarter. But in the second quarter, it was Philip Nelson, who threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Engel on a fourth-and-10 with 6:21 to play. The combined quarterbacks have 60 yards passing.

Minnesota has put up 221 yards on offense, more than a fourth of which belong to tailback David Cobb who has 67 yards on 14 rushes in his second consecutive start.

Freshman Donovahn Jones, who’s listed as a quarterback but played as a wide receiver, has 44 yards rushing from three attempts off the speed sweep.

Defensively, Ra’shede Hageman has been giving the Nebraska offensive line trouble all afternoon. Martinez has been sacked three times by Hageman, but two of them were called back because Hageman drew a flag for a facemask. The only time Hageman’s sack counted, he drew an offensive hold on his blocking lineman.

This is the first Gopher lead over Nebraska since 1969, according to the AP.

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