Minnesota vs. Northwestern: By The Numbers


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The Northwestern Wildcats stayed undefeated on Saturday, with 27-0 drubbing of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the opener of the Big Ten schedule for both teams.

Here are some notable numbers from the game.

74– Minnesota’s rushing yardage on Saturday, on 33 attempts

184– Northwestern’s rushing yardage on Saturday, on 51 attempts

2.2– Minnesota averaged just 2.2 yards per carry against Northwestern

312- Northwestern’s total offensive yardage

173– Minnesota’s offensive yardage on Saturday

11– Minnesota had 11 first downs on Saturday

16– Northwestern had 16 first downs on Saturday

2 Minnesota turnovers

0– Northwestern turnovers

5.9- Gophers’ quarterback Mitch Leidner posted a 5.9 QBR in Saturday’s game

120- Rushing yards for Northwestern running back Justin Jackson, on 20 carries

10- Gophers’ freshman running back Shannon Brooks had 10 carries on Saturday, which matched his total from last week against Ohio.

152– Total yards for Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson (128 passing, 24 rushing). He also had two rushing touchdowns in the game.

72- Passing yards for Leidner, one week after setting a career-high with 264 yards against Ohio.

27– Passing yards for Gophers’ freshman quarterback Demry Croft, after he replaced Leidner in the fourth quarter.

8.3– Croft posted an 8.3 QBR on Saturday

42.7– Gophers’ punter Peter Mortell average 42.7 yards per punt on Saturday, on seven punts. That included three that were downed inside the 20-yard line, and a long of 65 yards.

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