Thursday, November 17. 2016
Quick Hitters from the Nebraska game Quick Hitters u from Page 3
quarter to make the score 24-17. Leidner and the Gophers marched down the field but the quarterback threw an interception with 1:29 remaining to end the game to prevent a Gophers upset in Lincoln.
It was over when: The Gophers were down seven and at Nebraska’s 17-yard line when Leidner threw an interception with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. Minnesota only had one timeout left, so the Huskers ran out the clock to end the game.
Key play: The teams were tied in the fourth quarter, but the Huskers took the lead on a run by their quarterback. Armstrong Jr. kept the ball on a read
option and ran up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown to put Nebraska up by seven with 7:17 remaining.
Five obser vations: 1. The Gophers’ of fensive line was a problem Minnesota’s offensive line had one of its rougher games this season. The two running backs both had low numbers, as not a lot of room was being created for them to make plays. Head coach Tracy Claeys made a point of this after the game. 2. Missed tackles, missed tackles and missed tackles. Missed tackles by the Gophers defense were one key reason the Huskers staged a comeback Saturday. Minnesota’s tackling was weak in the second half, which led to multiple touchdowns by Nebraska. This was the second
thing Claeys said cost them the game. 3. Wolitarsky was the lone bright spot on offense. Gophers running backs are usually the stars on offense, but that wasn’t the case Saturday. Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky had the best game on the offense, leading the team with eight receptions and 90 yards. 4. Passing game needs to find ways to score It wasn’t a problem when the Gophers were winning, but a stronger performance from Leidner and all of his receivers would’ve made it a closer game. Leidner hasn’t thrown a touchdown in five games and only has one in the Big Ten this season. His options are limited, as Wolitarsky is the only wide receiver getting significant numbers. 5. Gophers still have something to play for.
Barring a miracle, The Big Ten West title is out of reach for the Gophers. That doesn’t mean this team has nothing to play for. A win against Nor thwestern this upcoming Saturday and a strong per formance against Wisconsin would show progress for the program and mean a respectable bowl game in December.
Quote of the game: “We are all disappointed [when] you go on the road and have a chance and we just didn’t play well enough in the second half to win the ball game and Nebraska played better than we did,” head coach Tracy Claeys said after the game.
Up next: The Gophers (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) will play Northwestern (5-5, 4-3) in their last home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.