Halftime report: Gophers trail Nebraska 21-7

Jack Satzinger

The Gophers trail Nebraska 21-7 at halftime after the Cornhuskers blocked a Ryan Santoso field goal attempt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. 

Quarterback Mitch Leidner has used his legs to get the Gophers offense going, accounting for 60 rushing yards and Minnesota's only touchdown. He hasn't had much success throwing the ball, though, and only has 54 passing yards with four completions on 10 pass attempts. 

Senior running back David Cobb has 52 rushing yards in 12 carries. He needs 63 more yards to break the Gophers' single-season rushing record set by Laurence Maroney in 2005. 

Nebraska's offense has been steady after an explosive first drive was punctuated by a 73-yard catch by receiver Kenny Bell. Bell left the game with an injury, but leads the Cornhuskers in receiving with his lone reception. De'Mornay Pierson-El's first catch went for 18 yards and a touchdown. His second, a 25-yard reception, was fumbled in the red zone and scooped up by Gophers defensive back Damarius Travis. 

Save an overthrow that could have been picked off by Briean Boddy-Calhoun, quarterback Tommy Armstrong has been efficient passing the ball. The sophomore has completed eight of 13 passes for 151 yards and also run for 43 yards. He leads Nebraska in rushing, followed by star running back Ameer Abdullah who has 31 rushing yards.