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Minnesota vs. Indiana Live Blog: Instant Reaction and Analysis

Minnesota 42, Indiana 39. Final.

Philip Nelson drove the Golden Gophers down the field quickly on their first drive and connected with Derrick Engel for a ten-yard score with a little over 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter. 

IU quickly drove down the field, but were unable to score a touchdown. Kicker Mitch Ewald hit a 31-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. Ten minutes remain in the first quarter.

After Minnesota fumbled on their own 20-yard line, IU scored their first touchdown of the game. Tre Roberson connected with Kofi Hughes with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter to give IU a 10-7 lead. 

After a long drive, IU brought the ball inside of the five-yard line but were unable to get into the end zone. Mitch Ewald hit a field goal to give the Hoosiers a 13-7 lead with 13:40 remaining in the first half. 

Minnesota received a boost on offense after running back David Cobb took off on a 58-yard run. Quarterback Mitch Leidner capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run. 

Despite fumbling the ball three times on the drive, Minnesota scored a touchdown on a fourth down when Philip Nelson found tight end Drew Goodger open in the end zone. 

Nelson found Engel again with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter. This time, Engel brought in a 33-yard touchdown pass. 

With just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Minnesota was able to capitalize again after forcing IU to punt for the seventh time. Running back David Cobb rushed for a 27-yard touchdown.

After allowing Minnesota to score 28 unanswered points, the Indiana offense finally responded. Nate Sudfeld found Shane Wynn for a 40-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 35-20 with 5:13 remaining in the 3rd quarter. 

On third down, Tre Roberson stepped onto the field for the first time in the second half. Running a read-option play, Roberson pitched the ball to running back Tevin Coleman, who was able to capitalize, rushing for a 55-yard touchdown. 

IU went back to the ground on their following drive. Stephen Houston stepped in and provided 36 rushing yards on the drive, including a four-yard touchdown run. IU's two-point conversion attempt failed. 

After falling short of a first down on a fake punt attempt, Minnesota gave Indiana the ball at the Minnesota 39-yard line. The Hoosiers capitalized quickly when Nate Sudfeld found Cody Latimer for a 30-yard touchdown. The Hoosiers overcame a 22-point deficit. 

After stalling on their previous three drives, Minnesota finally provided an answer to IU. Philip Nelson found freshman tight end Maxx Williams for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give Minnesota a 42-39 lead. 

The Hoosiers had a chance to take the lead with under 30 second left inside of the Minnesota 10-yard line when Nate Sudfeld attempted a backwards pass to Tevin Coleman. Coleman was unable to recover the pass and Minnesota recovered, which ended the game. 

Any questions or thoughts about the game? I can be reached via Twitter @Dan_Matney.

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