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Minnesota at Northwestern

Kill looks on as Minnesota tops Northwestern 20-17

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Ailing head coach Jerry Kill watched from the coaches' box as Minnesota turned two second half turnovers into scores en route to a 20-17 Big Ten victory over Northwestern Saturday afternoon.

The Gophers (5-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak as James Manuel broke a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard third quarter interception return and Chris Hawthorne turned another Wildcat turnover into a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.

Host Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) dropped its third straight.

Kill, on indefinite leave after a series of epileptic seizures, watched Manuel picked off Wildcat quarterback Trevor Siemian with 1:22 for a go-ahead score. The Gophers made it 17-7 just 87 seconds later on Hawthorne's field goal after recovering a Wildcat fumble.

Hawthorne's 38-yard field goal with 5:24 remaining made it 20-10. Northwestern cut the deficit to 20-17 on a 10-yard touchdown strike from Siemian to Tony Jones with 2:07 remaining.

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Scoring Summary
NWESTStephen Buckley 3 yd run (Jeff Budzien kick)
MINNDerrick Engel 29 yd pass from Philip Nelson (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNJames Manuel 24 yd interception return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNChris Hawthorne 34 yd FG
NWESTJeff Budzien 35 yd FG
MINNChris Hawthorne 38 yd FG
NWESTTony Jones 10 yd pass from Trevor Siemian (Jeff Budzien kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1620
Third Down Efficiency4-136-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-02-2
Plays-Net Yards63-29972-328
Passing Yds123234
Kick Return Yds2223
Punt Return Yds816
Time of Poss.35:1524:45
Individual Stats
MINN: David Cobb 20-103, Mitch Leidner 7-27, Donnell Kirkwood 10-26, Philip Nelson 9-26, Jamel Harbison 1--2, Team 2--4
NWEST: Stephen Buckley 9-58, Treyvon Green 9-34, Tony Jones 1-11, Mike Trumpy 3-4, Trevor Siemian 4--13
MINN: Philip Nelson 8-11-112-0, Mitch Leidner 1-3-11-0
NWEST: Trevor Siemian 25-46-234-2
MINN: Derrick Engel 2-42, Drew Wolitarsky 2-28, Mike Henry 2-21, David Cobb 1-21, Isaac Fruechte 1-8, Donnell Kirkwood 1-3
NWEST: Tony Jones 8-84, Christian Jones 5-53, Mike Trumpy 4-25, Dan Vitale 3-13, Cameron Dickerson 2-28, Rashad Lawrence 1-16, Treyvon Green 1-8, Kyle Prater 1-7
Minnesota5th Big Ten West2-55-6
Northwestern2nd Big Ten West5-29-2

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