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Wildcats squeak past Gophers

Brendan Smith's 48 yard interception return for touchdown pushed the Northwestern Wildcats past the Minnesota Golden Gophers 24-17 on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats covered the 7.5-point spread, while the combined score played UNDER the day's posted total of 48.5.

Mike Kafka completed 12-of-16 pass attempts for 142 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Wildcats.

Adam Weber threw for 330 yards, one TD and one pick for the Gophers.