LINCOLN — Nebraska used two long scoring drives to catch and pass Minnesota on Saturday night, rallying from a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 24-17 at Memorial Stadium.
The victory stopped a two-game losing skid and kept alive the Huskers’ hopes in the Big Ten West.
Nebraska came out of halftime with an 11-play, 79-yard drive to tie the game. It went ahead with a 13-play, 91-yard march in the fourth quarter that lasted 5:40.
Tommy Armstrong scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 13-yard run with 7:17 left, and it would be his final play after he aggravated an injury to his left ankle that happened in the third quarter.
Armstrong completed 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 61 yards. He returned to play against Minnesota after being knocked out in the Ohio State game and spending this week in concussion protocol.
The Gophers drove down the field late in the game, but Kieron Williams intercepted a pass that was tipped by Aaron Williams with 1:29 remaining.
Nebraska improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten, tied with Wisconsin for the West Division lead. The Badgers, however, own the tiebreaker on the Huskers.
Minnesota (7-3, 4-3) had a four-game winning streak stopped before a crowd of 90,456.
Nebraska actually gained 101 yards on its go-ahead drive, having to overcome a holding penalty. Armstrong had completions of 29 yards to De’Mornay Pierson-El and 16 yards to Alonzo Moore, and Terrell Newby had a 3-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Minnesota 16.
The Armstrong run that immediately followed was his 90th career TD run or pass, tying the school record held by 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.
Nebraska trailed at halftime for the fourth straight game, and sixth time this season, when Minnesota scored the last 10 points of the second quarter to go ahead 17-10.
Mitch Leidner got the touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 4:54 left, with the Gophers getting into the red zone with a 31-yard run by Rodney Smith.
Minnesota then got its field goal after Nebraska had a punt that went for minus-2 yards and the Gophers took over at the NU 42 with 1:40 left. Emmit Carpenter connected from 42 yards as time expired.
Minnesota started the game with a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive to lead 7-0. Smith scored on a 3-yard run to cap the march.
Nebraska got a 46-yard field goal from Drew Brown and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Armstrong to Tre Bryant. The Bryant score came on a fourth-and-2 play with 13:24 left in the second quarter.
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Nebraska is 25-32 all-time against Minnesota.
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