Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding Minnesota to a 34-23 upset of Nebraska Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, the first win by the Gophers against the Huskers since 1960.
Nelson made all of his seven completions count, totaling 152 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 55 yards. He spun across the goal line from the 1 with :48 left to seal the victory for the Golden 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 out of the last three games for NU (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.
David Cobb gained 138 yards on 31 rushes for the Gophers, who out-gained the Huskers 271-189 on the ground.