Halftime: Gophers lead Indiana 28-13

by Nate Gotlieb

Sophomore Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes and redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner ran for another as the Gophers took a 28-13 lead into halftime against Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

The Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) scored 21 unanswered points after Indiana took a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter in what became the Philip Nelson aerial show.  

Nelson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Drew Goodger midway threw the second quarter that gave Minnesota a 21-13 lead.  His 33-yarder to Engel late in the quarter gave Minnesota a 28-13 lead.

Nelson finished the half 7-11 passing with three touchdowns and matched his season-high, single-game passing yard total with 152.  

Minnesota fumbled four times in the first half but turned the ball over just once.  The turnover — a fumble by running back Donnell Kirkwood deep in Minnesota territory — led to an Indiana touchdown.

Junior running back David Cobb amassed 117 total yards, including a 59-yard run that setup Minnesota’s second touchdown.  Minnesota's defense limited Indiana to just 41 second-quarter yards.

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