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Northwestern Defeats Minnesota 28-13 - Recap

Northwestern earned a 28-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday in Week 12 action at Ryan Field.

Northwestern did not, however, defeat the Golden Gophers against the spread, which closed at 16 at most sportsbooks. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 58.5.

Dan Persa completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 216 yards for the Wildcats in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Golden Gophers defense.

MarQueis Gray rushed for 147 yards for Minnesota, while Duane Bennett added 127 yards. MarQueis Gray threw for 124 yards for the Golden Gophers, while receivers Da'Jon McKnight and Brandon Green had 52 and 49 yards respectively.

Northwestern was outgained by Minnesota 393-368 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 23-22 by the Wildcats.

Northwestern lost the time of possession battle 31:34/28:26, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Northwestern heads into a Week 13 battle against Michigan State. Minnesota, meanwhile, will have their next action against Illinois.