Scores

Final

Minnesota 20

(5-2, 1-2 Big Ten)

Northwestern 17

(4-3, 0-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, October 19, 2013

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 0 7 7 620
NW 7 0 0 1017

Top Performers

Passing: T. Siemian (NW) - 234 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Cobb (MINN) - 20 CAR, 103 YDS

Receiving: T. Jones (NW) - 8 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Minnesota edges Northwestern with Jerry Kill watching from private box

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Ailing head coach Jerry Kill watched from the coaches' box as Minnesota turned two second half turnovers into scores en route to a 20-17 Big Ten victory over Northwestern Saturday afternoon.

The Gophers (5-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak as James Manuel broke a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard third quarter interception return and Chris Hawthorne turned another Wildcat turnover into a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.

Host Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) dropped its third straight.

Kill, on indefinite leave after a series of epileptic seizures, watched Manuel picked off Wildcat quarterback Trevor Siemian with 1:22 for a go-ahead score. The Gophers made it 17-7 just 87 seconds later on Hawthorne's field goal after recovering a Wildcat fumble.

Hawthorne's 38-yard field goal with 5:24 remaining made it 20-10. Northwestern cut the deficit to 20-17 on a 10-yard touchdown strike from Siemian to Tony Jones with 2:07 remaining.

Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson was 8-of-11 for 112 yards, including a touchdown strike to Derrick Engel. Running back David Cobb rushed 20 times for 103 yards.

Siemian completed 25 of 46 passes for 234 yards but was picked off twice and fumbled once. Jones had eight catches for 84 yards.

Northwestern opened the scoring on Stephen Buckley's first career touchdown with 1:53 left in the first quarter. Buckley's 3-yard score capped a drive on which he had a 33-yard reception and an 11-yard run.

Minnesota tied the game at 7-7 as Nelson hit Engel hit on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 6:48 left in the first half.

Hawthorne's try for a go-ahead 44-yard field goal just before halftime sailed wide left.

Minnesota's defense shut down a promising Northwestern drive deep into Gopher territory early in the final frame. The Wildcats settled for a 35-yard Jeff Budzien field goal that cut the Gopher lead to 17-10 with 11:09 left in regulation.

After Hawthorne's second field goal, Northwestern converted on three fourth downs in a 75-yard scoring drive that culminated in Jones' 10-yard TD reception.

Two key Northwestern players were sidelined with reported ankle injuries: tailback Venric Mark and quarterback Kain Colter, who was dressed but only available in an emergency role.

Kill didn't coach for the second straight game. Kill and his wife, Rebecca, drove down from Minneapolis and arrived just before the game. He reportedly addressed the Gophers at halftime.

Tracy Claeys has served as head coach in Kill's absence.

Minnesota hosts Nebraska next Saturday while Northwestern travels to Iowa.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
NW
1st Downs1620
Total Yards299328
Passing123234
Rushing17694
Penalties9-895-40
3rd Down Conversions4-136-16
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers03
Possession35:1524:45

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nelson8/1111210.210
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Siemian25/462345.112

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cobb201035.2024
Leidner7273.9010
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buckley9586.4133
Green9343.8010

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Engel24221.0129
Wolitarsky22814.0017
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones88410.5124
Jones55310.6013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNNW
TD01:53Stephen Buckley 3 Yd Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERMINNNW
TD06:48Derrick Engel 29 Yd Pass From Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERMINNNW
TD01:22James Manuel 24 Yd Interception Return (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 147
FOURTH QUARTERMINNNW
FG14:55Chris Hawthorne 34 Yd 177
FG11:09Jeff Budzien 35 Yd 1710
FG05:24Chris Hawthorne 38 Yd 2010
TD02:07Tony Jones 10 Yd Pass From Trevor Siemian (Jeff Budzien Kick) 2017