Scores

Final

Minnesota 42

(7-2, 3-2 Big Ten)

Indiana 39

(3-5, 1-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

3:30 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Memorial Stadium, BLOOMINGTON, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 7 21 7 742
IND 10 3 7 1939

Top Performers

Passing: P. Nelson (MINN) - 298 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Cobb (MINN) - 29 CAR, 188 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Engel (MINN) - 4 REC, 97 YDS, 2 TD

Minnesota pounces on fumble late to beat Indiana

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Linebacker Aaron Hill recovered a fumble by Indiana's Tevin Coleman with 25 seconds remaining and surging Minnesota held on to beat the Hoosiers 42-39 on Saturday.

Minnesota (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) led 35-13 midway through the third quarter before the Hoosiers stormed back for a 39-35 lead on Nate Sudfeld's 30-yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer with 5:33 remaining. But Philip Nelson found Maxx Williams open down the middle for a 50-yard scoring pass on Minnesota's ensuing possession.

Indiana (3-5, 1-3) then drove to the Gophers' 9-yard line before Sudfeld threw a lateral on second-and-goal that Coleman juggled. Hill scooped up the bouncing football to secure Minnesota's third straight victory under acting coach Tracy Claeys.

The Hoosiers lost their third straight despite gaining 227 yards on the ground. Coach Kevin Wilson dropped briefly to one knee in despair as officials signaled the change of possession in the final seconds.

Nelson went 16 of 23 for 298 yards and four touchdowns. David Cobb rushed 29 times for 188 yards and a score for Minnesota. Coleman ran 14 times for 108 yards and a touchdown for Indiana before his fateful mistake.

Following a Minnesota timeout, Sudfeld lined up in a shotgun formation with Coleman to his right. Coleman floated into the right flat as Sudfeld threw a quick swing pass that traveled backward. Coleman did not attempt to fall on the loose football, while Hill alertly gathered the carom and saved a game that appeared ready to go to overtime or end with an Indiana victory.

The Hoosiers were down 35-13 after Cobb exploded for a 27-yard touchdown run with 6:24 left in the third quarter. But touchdowns on four straight possessions, combined with three consecutive defensive stops, allowed Indiana to improbably take a late lead in a contest critical to its hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Indiana safety Greg Heban made a lunging tackle at the feet of Jalen Myrick, who came two yards shy of converting a fake punt on fourth-and-5 with 8:45 to play. That set up the heroics of Sudfeld and Latimer, whose touchdown put the Hoosiers in front for the first time since they led 13-7.

A string of 28 unanswered Minnesota points ended when Sudfeld connected with Wynn on a 40-yard touchdown with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana's resulting furious comeback fell one score short.

One play after Stephen Houston used superb blocking to pick up 21 yards on third-and-10, he powered in from the 4-yard line to give Indiana a chance to tie. Minnesota's defense stopped Sudfeld's scramble on the 2-point conversion attempt to maintain a 35-33 lead.

A read-option pitch from Tre Roberson to Coleman resulted in a 55-yard touchdown run down the right sideline on the first snap of the fourth quarter. Coleman broke a last-ditch tackle attempt around the 7-yard line and drew Indiana within 35-27.

With coach Jerry Kill on leave to treat his epilepsy and watching from the coaching box, Cobb became the first Gopher to rush for 100 yards in three straight games since Amir Pinnix in 2006.

Minnesota outgained the Hoosiers 301-162 in the first half and led 28-13 at the break.

Nelson lofted a 10-yard pass to Derrick Engel for a 7-0 lead on the game's opening drive. The first play was a flea flicker that gained 40 yards. Cobb pitched back to Nelson, who found Engel wide open on a deep post route.

Roberson threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Hughes to give the Hoosiers a 10-7 lead following a turnover. Donnell Kirkwood fumbled at the end of an 11-yard run when hit by Indiana's Mark Murphy. Heban recovered for the Hoosiers.

The game was delayed for eight minutes early in the second quarter after Minnesota center Jon Christenson sustained a left leg injury. About 30 teammates left the sideline to wish Christenson well before he was carted off on a stretcher.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
IND
1st Downs2522
Total Yards573496
Passing325269
Rushing248227
Penalties3-233-40
3rd Down Conversions6-146-15
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers11
Possession38:0221:58

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nelson16/2329813.040
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sudfeld13/201899.520

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cobb291886.5159
Leidner6355.8121
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston131118.5125
Coleman141087.7155

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Engel49724.3240
Williams47819.5150
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wynn46416.0140
Latimer45513.8130

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNIND
TD11:26Derrick Engel 10 Yd Pass From Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 70
FG10:08Mitch Ewald 31 Yd 73
TD07:05Kofi Hughes 18 Yd Pass From Tre Roberson (Mitch Ewald Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERMINNIND
FG13:40Mitch Ewald 21 Yd 713
TD10:39Mitch Leidner 5 Yd Run (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 1413
TD06:11Drew Goodger 10 Yd Pass From Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 2113
TD02:19Derrick Engel 33 Yd Pass From Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 2813
THIRD QUARTERMINNIND
TD06:24David Cobb 27 Yd Run (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 3513
TD05:13Shane Wynn 40 Yd Pass From Nate Sudfeld (Mitch Ewald Kick) 3520
FOURTH QUARTERMINNIND
TD14:50Tevin Coleman 55 Yd Run (Mitch Ewald Kick) 3527
TD08:45Stephen Houston 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3533
TD05:33Cody Latimer 30 Yd Pass From Nate Sudfeld (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3539
TD03:06Maxx Williams 50 Yd Pass From Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne Kick) 4239