Minnesota outplayed Nebraska for much of the first half as the Gophers out-gained the Huskers on the ground and through the air with Mitch Leidner going 9-for-14 for 105 yards, and Rodney Smith rushing 13 times for 55 yards and one touchdown.
The Gophers scored on their first possession, going 75 yards in 14 plays, aided by two big penalties by Nebraska, including one for too many players on the field when the Huskers appeared to have stopped the Gophers to force a punt.
Nebraska scored on nine-play, 36 yard drive when Drew Brown kicked a 46-yard field goal, then later on fourth and two when Tre Bryant took a short pass from Tommy Armstrong and showed a quick burst for 35 yards on fourth and two to make it 10-7 Nebraska.
Minnesota retook the lead when quarterback Mitch Leidner scored on a quarterback sneak on fourth and inches. The Gophers added to their lead just before half when Emmit Carpenter hit a 42-yard field goal.