Scores

Final/OT

Minnesota 48

(1-6, 0-4 Big Ten)

Northwestern 49

(4-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

12:07 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

1 2 3 4 OT T
MINN 0 21 14 0 1348
NW 7 7 7 14 1449

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bacher (NW) - 470 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Weber (MINN) - 13 CAR, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Wheelwright (MINN) - 7 REC, 116 YDS, 3 TD

Northwestern 49, Minnesota 48, OT

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Brandon Roberson ran 6 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime and Northwestern stopped a 2-point conversion attempt by Minnesota for a 49-48 victory Saturday.

The Wildcats (4-3, 2-2) trailed 35-14 in the second half and tied the game on C.J. Bacher's 8-yard, fourth-down TD pass to Eric Peterman with eight seconds left in regulation, forcing a second straight overtime for Northwestern, which beat Michigan State 48-41 last week.

After Roberson's TD run and a conversion by Amado Villarreal put Northwestern up by seven, Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber made a nice fake and ran in for a 3-yard TD to bring the Gophers (1-6, 0-4) within a point. Coach Tim Brewster then decided to go for two points and the win.

After a Northwestern timeout, Weber rolled right but got pressure from Adam Kadela and John Gill and his hurried throw went into the ground, ending the game and setting off a celebration for Northwestern. Minnesota has lost five straight.

Weber hit Ernie Wheelwright with a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime to put the Gophers ahead. Bacher responded, connecting with Ross Lane on a 10-yard pass on a fourth-and-4 to keep the Wildcats in the game. Two plays later, he passed to Lane for a 5-yard TD.

In a matchup of spread offenses, Weber finished with five TD passes, three to Wheelwright. The Gophers scored on five straight possessions to build the three-touchdown lead they couldn't hold.

Weber, a redshirt freshman, completed 25-of-38 for 341 yards with two interceptions. He also ran for 89 yards.

Bacher, who passed for five TDs and a school-record 520 yards last week against Michigan State, completed 41-of-58 for 470 yards and four TDs.

He hit an 8-yarder to Lane in the third quarter, a score set up by Malcolm Arrington's interception of Weber.

With Northwestern trailing 35-21, Weber was picked off again, this time by Corey Wootton on a tipped pass on the first play of the final quarter. Northwestern moved in again as Bacher carried in for a 6-yard TD on a fourth-and-2. That made it 35-28 with 10:31 to go.

Minnesota had a chance to make it a 10-point game with 1:59 left but Joel Monroe missed a 44-yard field goal attempt and the Wildcats had a final chance, going 73 yards to tie.

The Gophers, who'd been stopped inches from the goal line twice by a Northwestern goal line stand in the first quarter, surprised the Wildcats with three TDs in the second.

Wheelwright made a outstretched catch of Weber's 26-yard pass with two seconds second to go in the half for a TD that put the Gophers ahead 21-14.

When Northwestern tried a pooch kick to start the second half it went out of bounds on the 49 and the Gophers moved in with a three-play drive that started when Amir Pinnix ran 37 yards on the first scrimmage play of the half.

Weber passed to Eric Decker for a 20-yard TD less than a minute into the half and the Gophers were up 28-14.

And Wheelwright wasn't finished. He took another pass from Weber, broke a tackle and sprinted in for a 28-yard score to make it 35-14 with 6:18 left in the third.

Villarreal missed a pair of field goals from 21 and 36 yards.

Northwestern took an early 7-0 lead with a nine-play 67-yard drive that featured a 47-yard screen pass from Bacher to Roberson, who made two nifty moves to get to the Gophers' 2. Robertson then carried in from the 1 on second down.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
NW
1st Downs2628
Total Yards580589
Passing341470
Rushing239119
Penalties7-512-15
3rd Down Conversions8-167-19
4th Down Conversions1-23-3
Turnovers21
Possession27:5732:03

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weber25/383419.052
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher41/584708.140

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas221004.5018
Weber13896.8128
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Conteh14815.8020
Bacher7213.0110

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wheelwright711616.6328
Herndon37826.0060
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Peterman121149.5126
Lane910812.0245

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNNW
TD06:25Brandon Roberson 1 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 67 yds, 4:08
07
SECOND QUARTERMINNNW
TD06:57Marcus Sherels 21 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 82 yds, 2:29
77
TD02:50Amir Pinnix 9 Yd Run (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 86 yds, 1:55
147
TD01:23Tonjua Jones 28 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 1:27
1414
TD00:02Ernest Wheelwright 26 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 1:21
2114
THIRD QUARTERMINNNW
TD14:20Eric Decker 20 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 51 yds, :40
2814
TD06:18Ernest Wheelwright 28 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:15
3514
TD01:33Ross Lane 8 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 8 yds, :04
3521
FOURTH QUARTERMINNNW
TD10:31C.J. Bacher 6 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 47 yds, 4:25
3528
TD00:08Eric Peterman 4 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 1:51
3535
OVERTIMEMINNNW
TDErnest Wheelwright 21 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick) 4235
TDRoss Lane 5 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick) 4242
2ND OVERTIMEMINNNW
TDBrandon Roberson 6 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick) 4249
TDAdam Weber 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 4849