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Northwestern vs. Minnesota 2012: Mistakes costly in loss to Wildcats

After starting the season 4-0, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have now lost two straight games to open Big Ten season after losing 21-13 to Northwestern on Saturday.

Minnesota actually out-gained Northwestern 327 yards to 275 and picked up 21 first downs to just 13 for the Wildcats, but as Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher points out, three turnovers by Minnesota to zero by Northwestern proved to be the difference:

A lot of the statistics favored Minnesota in this afternoon's game. They had a time of possession advantage over the Wildcats (33:57 to 26:03), and outgained the Wildcats yardage-wise by a tally of 327 to 275. However, the Gophers again got off to a slow start, and couldn't overcome turnovers, penalties, and sloppy play.

Minnesota falls two games behind Legends Division leaders Michigan and Iowa with the loss. The Gophers also have a more serious off-field situation on their minds as coach Jerry Kill had a seizure after the game. Kill missed time last season after suffering seizures as well. It is unknown whether he will miss games as a result of his latest seizure.

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