Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, leading the host Gophers to a 34-23 upset Saturday of 25th-ranked Nebraska, the first win by the Gophers since 1960 against the Cornhuskers. Nelson threw for 152 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 55 yards. His touchdown from the 1 with 48 seconds left sealed the victory for the Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who became bowl-game eligible and stopped a 16-game losing streak to the Huskers.
Taylor Martinez returned from a turf-toe injury that kept him of the last three games for the Huskers (5-2, 2-1), but he had only 16 yards rushing on eight attempts and 139 yards on 16-for-30 passing, plus one touchdown and one interception.
The Gophers rushed for 271 yards and gained 430 yards overall against the Blackshirts.