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Wildcats At Gophers: Venric Mark Strikes Again

Just when it looked like the Minnesota Golden Gophers were building up a little momentum, the Northwestern Wildcats took it away.

The Gophers forced a three-and-out from Northwestern after MarQueis Gray's 25-yard touchdown run, but on Minnesota's first play from scrimmage, Gray threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted by Northwestern's David Nwabuisi at the Northwestern 42-yard line.

It didn't take Northwestern long to capitalize from there, and once again it was Venric Mark that took it to the Gophers defense. Mark carried the ball two times for the Wildcats, with the second one being a 48-yard burst that, again, saw him go almost completely untouched through the Minnesota defense for a touchdown. Mark now has 134 yards on just seven carries for the Wildcats, and has registered two of Northwestern's three touchdowns.

An opportunity to take the lead for Minnesota ended in disaster, and now the Gophers have a bigger hole to dig out of. With 12:50 left until halftime at TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 21-10.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.