From Inside NU.com
The Wildcats’ defense bent over and over again. Fortunately for Northwestern, Minnesota was the one to break each and every time.
The Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) had several chances to tie the score in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) ultimately prevailed, 21-13. The Wildcats rode 182 rushing yards from junior running back Venric Mark, 151 of which came in the first half, to victory. Mark found gaping holes up the middle in the first half to help Northwestern take a 21-10 lead into the locker room. When asked if the Wildcats’ scouting report called for “running it down their throats,” Mark laughed.
“That’s what it basically said,” Mark said. “I believe seven of the first ten plays were all run plays, so our goal was to come in here and mulch them up.”
Northwestern was held off of the scoreboard in the second half. The holes up the middle were no longer so large, and MarQueis Gray was able to rush for 86 yards on nine carries to bring Minnesot...