Porous defense in the first half and missed scoring opportunities after intermission added up to another one-score setback for Nebraska.
The Gophers dominated the first 30 minutes, taking a 21-9 lead into the locker room thanks largely to nearly perfect passing from Tanner Morgan.
Nebraska’s defense rebounded with a pair of third-quarter interceptions, but the offense couldn’t take advantage of the second one, turning the ball over on downs at the goal line and then missing a short field goal. A promising possession in the fourth quarter ended with another turnover on downs.
Minnesota pulled away late on a safety and a 56-yard touchdown run, and Nebraska answered with a quick 75-yard touchdown drive to pull within 7 with 1:12 remaining. The subsequent onside kick was unsuccessful, and the Gophers ran out the clock to seal their third consecutive win over the Huskers.