LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 2 touchdowns following Nebraska turnovers, and a Minnesota group lacking almost three dozen gamers to COVID-19 protocols or accidents left Memorial Stadium with a shocking 24-17 win on Saturday after being idle three weeks.
Ibrahim scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to offer Minnesota a 10-point lead early within the fourth quarter after Adrian Martinez fumbled on the Nebraska 39.
Connor Culp’s 30-yard area aim minimize it to 24-17 with 4:42 left. The Gophers then known as on Ibrahim to complete off the sport, having him carry six straight instances for 59 yards earlier than they went into victory formation on the Nebraska 6.
The Gophers (3-3, 3-3 Huge Ten) had their final two video games canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the group, and most of their lacking 33 gamers had been within the convention’s 21-day return to play protocol.
It additionally was Minnesota’s first recreation with out star extensive receiver Rashod Bateman, who opted out Nov. 25.
Nebraska (2-5, 2-5), which beat Purdue on the street final week, hasn’t received back-to-back Huge Ten video games since 2018.
Ibrahim completed with 108 yards on 20 carries and Tanner Morgan was 17 of 30 for 181 yards.
The Gophers, who got here to Lincoln as 10-point underdogs, took a 17-14 lead into the ultimate quarter. That they had gone forward late within the first half after a focusing on penalty on cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt saved alive a 75-yard scoring drive that began with Cam Wiley sprinting 61 yards down the sideline.
Taylor-Britt went helmet-to-helmet with Morgan whereas stopping him brief on a third-down run. That arrange Minnesota inside the ten, and Morgan threw to tight finish Brevyn Spann-Ford at the back of the tip zone for a 4-yard landing.
The Gophers opened the scoring after Tyler Nubin intercepted a tipped cross on the Huskers’ 35 in the midst of the primary quarter. On fourth-and-1, Seth Inexperienced changed Morgan and lined up in wildcat formation. He stepped to the facet as a direct snap went to Ibrahim, who broke by means of the center for a 26-yard landing.
Luke McCaffrey threw the interception two performs after changing starter Adrian Martinez, who appeared to get his left (non-throwing) hand dinged. Martinez returned for the following sequence.
Nebraska managed only one.9 yards per play on its first three possessions in opposition to the statistically worst protection within the Huge Ten.
The Huskers broke by means of early within the second quarter, with Wan’Dale Robinson getting unfastened 47 yards earlier than Martinez handed 8 yards to Austin Allen for his or her first landing.
Minnesota didn’t convert a fourt-and-8 on its subsequent sequence, and Martinez led the Huskers on a 13-play, 73-yard drive he completed with a run from the 7 for a 14-10 lead.
Minnesota: This ranks as one of many guttiest wins in latest reminiscence for a group ravaged by the virus. Ibrahim has been the bell cow for the Gophers, however they found younger working again expertise in Wiley and a receiver in Chris Autman-Bell to fill the void created by Bateman.
Nebraska: No matter can go improper for the Huskers does. The 2 turnovers had been pricey, and the protection misplaced Taylor-Britt to a focusing on name for the second time this season and playmaking linebacker Luke Reimer to damage within the first quarter.
Each groups are to play Dec. 19 in opposition to opponents to be introduced by the Huge Ten on Sunday.