2011 Golden Gophers Football: Gophers Get Crushed By Cornhuskers, 41-14

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Cornhuskers At Gophers: Minnesota Wins Second Half, Loses Game By 27

The Nebraska Cornhuskers came into TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon and did a pretty find job of ruining Homecoming for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, thumping Minnesota to the tune of 41-14.

The Cornhuskers scored the first 34 points of the game, taking a 34-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Gophers tried to play for a little bit of pride in the second half. The Gophers did score the first points of the second half, however, on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback MarQueis Gray. The touchdown was set up by a reverse flea-flicker pass from Gray to Da'Jon McKnight for a 53-yard gain.

After the Cornhuskers scored again, there was a bit of a lull in the scoring, but the Gophers moved downfield on their final drive of the game, going 89 yards in 16 plays. The drive concluded with a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Duane Bennett to close the gap to 41-14, which is how things ended.

The Gophers did outscore Nebraska in the second half, however. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.

As you would expect, the overwhelming majority of the numbers did not favor the Gophers. Nebraska more than doubled Minnesota in yardage, picking up 515 total yards of offense to Minnesota's 254. 346 of Nebraska's yards came on the ground on 56 carries, giving them an average of 6.2 yards per rush. Nebraska's time of possession advantage isn't as big as you would expect, as they held the ball for 31:52, compared to 28:08 for the Gophers. Both teams were penalized five times, and the Gophers had the lone turnover of the game on a fumble by Gray that Nebraska scooped up and turned into a touchdown.

The Gophers have now been outscored 144-31 in Big Ten play this season. They will host the Iowa Hawkeyes next week at TCF Bank Stadium in hopes of retaining the Floyd of Rosedale, which they won in last year's season finale. The Cornhuskers will host Michigan State, who is currently ranked 16th in the nation and has a game against the Wisconsin Badgers in East Lansing this evening.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Nebraska Restores Order, Scores Again

The Nebraska Cornhuskers apparently got tired of going out on the field and not scoring, so they figured they'd score again on their most recent drive against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Starting out at their own 9-yard line after a penalty on the kickoff return, the Cornhuskers went back to their bread and butter. . .pounding the ball with the running game, as Rex Burkhead, Aaron Green, and Taylor Martinez all took turns carrying the rock for Nebraska. The Gophers had Nebraska in a couple of third down situations, but Martinez kept converting, finding Ben Cotton for 18 yards, and Khiry Cooper for 11 more to move the Huskers deeper into Gopher territory.

The drive concluded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Aaron Green, and just like that Nebraska was up by 34 again, 41-7.

We're nearly through three quarters of play on Homecoming afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are getting crushed by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 41-7.



No, that is not a misprint. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have, indeed, scored a touchdown in their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the first time since 1984.

Yes, 1984.

After forcing Nebraska to punt for the first time today, the Gophers reached deep into their bag of tricks. MarQueis Gray took the snap from center and handed it to Duane Bennett. Bennett started out moving to the right, but then pitched the ball to one of the wide receivers coming back the other way. Gray then received another pitch, and lofted one downfield for a streaking Da'Jon McKnight, who hauled the pass in at the Nebraska 4-yard line.

A couple of plays later, on 3rd-and-goal from the 1, Gray fumbled a shotgun snap, but had the presence of mind to recover and plow into the end zone for a score. The Gophers' scoreless streak against the Cornhuskers ends after 173 minutes and seven seconds.

The Gophers are going to need a lot more tricks than that if they want to get back into this one, however, as they trail Nebraska 34-7 with a little more than four minutes left in the third quarter.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Recent History Has Been Ugly For Minnesota

Yes, the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers has been an ugly one. However, based on recent history, we should have expected as much.

Thanks in part to ESPN 1500's Patrick Reusse, we know just how ugly it's been.

In the last two and a half games between the Cornhuskers and the Gophers, Nebraska has scored 138 points.

In that same span, the Gophers have scored exactly. . .zero.

If you want to expand history a bit more, in the last four and a half games between the two teams, the Gophers have scored 20 points. Unfortunately, during that time, the Cornhuskers have scored 260 points, to include the infamous 84-13 whipping that Nebraska laid on the Gophers at the Metrodome back in 1983.

1983 - Nebraska 84, Minnesota 14
1984 - Nebraska 38, Minnesota 7
1989 - Nebraska 48, Minnesota 0
1990 - Nebraska 56, Minnesota 0
2011 - Nebraska 34, Minnesota 0 (thus far)

In fact, the Gophers have not beaten the Cornhuskers since a 26-14 triumph back on September 24, 1960.

And, hey, now that Nebraska is in the Big Ten Twelve Ten, the Gophers will be seeing them a lot more frequently!

Feel free to cry. . .or to laugh to keep from crying. You know, whichever.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Nebraska Extends Lead To 34-0

Things are still ugly at TCF Bank Stadium for the home team, and they just keep getting uglier.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers just went on an extended drive to pick up another touchdown, and they lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 34-0 going into halftime.

The drive was set up by another Minnesota miscue, as the Gophers actually got pretty deep into Nebraska territory at the Cornhusker 19-yard line. On 4th-and-1, quarterback MarQueis Gray called for one of his receivers to come in motion, and the center took this as the signal to snap the ball. Gray wasn't expecting the snap, and was quickly buried by the Nebraska defense for an 8-yard loss, giving the Cornhuskers the ball at their own 27.

The Cornhuskers then matriculated the ball down the field, mainly on the ground, although Taylor Martinez did get a couple of completions in there. The Gophers stopped the Cornhuskers on a third down deep in their territory, but Rex Burkhead took the fourth down handoff and rumbled into the end zone from four yards out to give Nebraska another touchdown and extend their lead to 34 points.

We're at halftime at TCF Bank Stadium, and the home team is getting crushed at homecoming to the tune of 34-0.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Minnesota Now Finds Themselves Down 27-0

If Benny Hill were still alive and his show was still on the air, the Minnesota Golden Gophers would be his kind of team.

After holding Nebraska to a field goal on the previous possession, the Gophers got the ball back and started with a fake handoff by MarQueis Gray on what turned into a quarterback keeper. Unfortunately, Gray declined to take the ball with him after faking the handoff, and after the ball bounce around for a while, it was picked up by Nebraska's Austin Cassidy, who took the ball into the end zone from 11 yards out for a score for the Cornhuskers.

With nine minutes remaining in the first half of this one, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are down 27-0 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers have only four first downs so far on the afternoon, and are 3-for-7on third down conversion attempts. They are driving now, however, as Gray just took one 29 yards to get the Gophers into Nebraska territory.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Long Touchdown Run Gives Nebraska 17-0 Lead

See, the Nebraska Cornhuskers don't need help from bad rules to score against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They can do it all by themselves.

The first play for the Gophers of the second quarter was a Dan Orseske punt that put the Cornhuskers back at their own 18-yard line. It took Nebraska all of one play to score, as quarterback Taylor Martinez pitched the ball back to Rex Burkhead, who started running right. Burkhead then pitched the ball to Kenny Bell coming back to the left, and bell did the rest. He tightroped the sidelines against a couple of Gophers' tacklers, and took it the distance for an 82-yard touchdown run to give the Cornhuskers a 17-0 lead over the Gophers.

This is turning into another ugly beatdown for the Gophers at this point. Keep it tuned right here for all of the most recent updates on this one, ladies and gentlemen.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Dumb Rule Helps Nebraska To 10-0 Lead

After being forced to punt, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have given up a touchdown to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. . .but they probably shouldn't have.

After stoning Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead on third down, the Huskers faced a 4th-and-1 at the Minnesota 13-yard line. On that fourth down play, Taylor Martinez pitched the ball back to one of Nebraska's backs, who had the ball bounce off of his hands and roll forward out of bounds. What appeared to be a stop for Minnesota, however, was quickly ruled to be a first down for Nebraska. Because the pitch was a backward pass and not a forward one, the ball was spotted at the place where it went out of bounds, and since that spot was beyond the first down marker, Nebraska was allowed to keep the ball.

Two plays later, Martinez flipped one to running back Tyler Legate, who rumbled for a 10-yard touchdown and gave the Huskers a 10-0 lead.

That was a huge momentum killer for the Gophers, and helped the Huskers to increase their lead. I don't understand how a team can benefit from a fumble like that, but apparently they can.

With 3:22 left in the first quarter, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 10-0.


Cornhuskers At Gophers: Nebraska Takes Advantage Of Mistakes For 3-0 Lead

For a second there, it looked like the Minnesota Golden Gophers were going to stop the Nebraska Cornhuskers on their first drive of the day. However, a sack of Cornhuskers' quarterback Taylor Martinez was taken off of the board by an offsides penalty on the Gophers, and the Huskers took advantage of it.

After Martinez turned a 3rd-and-5 following the penalty into a first down, Rex Burkhead took the ball 19 yards down to the Gophers' 7-yard line. However, the Gopher defense stiffened up, thanks to a nice pass break-up on a fade route, and kept Nebraska out of the end zone. The Cornhuskers had to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Brett Maher, and they have taken a 3-0 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Gophers did get the ball first in this one, but managed just one first down before having to punt the ball away to Nebraska.

With eight minutes left on the clock in the first quarter from TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 3-0.


2011 Golden Gophers Football: Minnesota Hosts Nebraska

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