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Minnesota vs. Michigan score: Gophers trail 21-7 after three quarters

After jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead, it's all been downhill for Minnesota, which trails Michigan 21-7 after three quarters.

For the Gophers, things started out promising, as just seconds into the second quarter Minnesota took a 7-0 lead on a touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Nelson to senior receiver John Rabe. The play capped a six-play, 43-yard drive and had the Gophers believing they'd take home the Little Brown Jug for the first time since 2005.

Unfortunately since then, it's been all downhill for Minnesota.

With quarterback Devin Gardner starting for an injured Denard Robinson, Michigan's offense caught fire starting in the second quarter and has put up 21 unanswered points since the Gophers' initial score. The Wolverines' third score of the game came late in the third quarter, on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to wide receiver Jeremy Gallon.

For Minnesota, this is an important game, as at 5-3 it is now just one victory away from gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009.

But trailing by two touchdowns with just 15 minutes to play, the Gophers certainly have their work cut out for them.

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