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                   === No. 16 Nebraska crushes Minnesota ===
 
 Lincoln,  NE  (Sports Network) -  Taylor Martinez threw  for 308 yards and two
 touchdowns  to lead  No.  16 Nebraska  to  a 38-14  drubbing  of Minnesota  on
 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
 
 Kenny  Bell caught  nine passes  for 136  yards and  two touchdowns  and Ameer
 Abdullah  rushed for 79  yards on 18 carries for the Cornhuskers (9-2, 6-1 Big
 Ten),  who can win the Big Ten Legends division with either a win next week or
 a Michigan loss.
 
 "Happy to get the win. I thought it was pretty good effort by our team in all
 regards, pretty complete effort," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said.
 "Obviously some things to clean up; now the challenge is going to be to come
 back in a short week and be ready to go on the road and put ourselves in
 position to finish off the second half of the year the way we want to."
 
 Nebraska  will  travel to  Iowa  to  take on  the  Hawkeyes  next week,  while
 Michigan will take on undefeated Ohio State.
 
 The  Cornhuskers are  currently tied  with Michigan  for the  top spot  in the
 Legends Division, but own the tie-breaker by virtue of their 23-9 victory over
 the Wolverines earlier this season.
 
 Philip Nelson completed just 8-of-23 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions
 and  Rodrick Williams  rushed for  26 yards  on seven  carries for  the Golden
 Gophers  (6-5,  2-5), who will  host Michigan State  next week to conclude the
 regular season.
 
 "I don't think it has a lot to do with the quarterback, we got beat at the
 line of scrimmage, period," Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said."We were
 dominated, at the line of scrimmage. There is more than one individual that
 had tough day, we got dominated at the line of scrimmage."
 
 MarQuies  Gray ran for  a pair of touchdowns in the setback.
 
 Nebraska scored on its first touch when Brett Maher split the uprights from 39
 yards  out.  Earlier in the drive,  Martinez connected with Jamal Turner for a
 16-yard  completion, and  the  Cornhuskers got  an extra  15  yards after  the
 Gophers  were flagged  for an unnecessary roughness penalty to put the ball on
 the Minnesota 30.
 
 The Gophers went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Nebraska marched
 85  yards in  eight plays to take  a 10-0 lead. Martinez hooked up with Turner
 for  a  22-yard completion to  put the  ball on the  Nebraska 35 and six plays
 later Martinez found Bell for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
 
 After  forcing yet  another Minnesota three-and-out, Martinez found Bell for a
 29-yard  completion to  set  up  Imani Cross'  3-yard  touchdown  rush to  put
 Nebraska up 17-0.
 
 Cross' 1-yard plunge gave Nebraska a 24-0 spread at halftime.
 
 Following  a 23-yard Abdullah run early in the second half, Martinez connected
 with  Bell  once again  for  a  30-yard  touchdown and  Stanley  Jean-Baptiste
 returned an interception 48 yards to put the Cornhuskers up 38-0.
 
 Gray  added a  pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns runs to account for the final
 margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Nebraska   outgained  Minnesota  444-177  ...  The  Cornhuskers  have  won  43
 conference  championships, its last coming in 1999 (Big 12) ... Minnesota owns
 a 29-22-2 lead in the all-time series, but has dropped the last 16 meetings.
 
 
 11/17 22:44:29 ET

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