Gophers beat Nebraska 34-23

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson avoids a tackle on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. This is the first win by the Gophers since 1960 against the Cornhuskers.

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson avoids a tackle on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. This is the first win by the Gophers since 1960 against the Cornhuskers.

Nate Gotlieb

Gophers sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Gophers defeated No. 21 Nebraska 34-23 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) became bowl eligible with the win — its first over Nebraska since 1960.

Junior running back David Cobb rushed for 138 yards on 31 carries, and Minnesota withstood a second-half charge by Nebraska (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten).

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 165 yards, and senior quarterback Taylor Martinez made his first start for the Cornhuskers since Sept. 14. He finished 16-30 for 139 yards, a touchdown and a late interception.