Nelson completed 7-of-15 passes for 152 yards and Mitch Leidner added a rushing touchdown for Minnesota (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who withstood a 10-point fourth quarter for the Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1).
David Cobb carried 31 times for Minnesota. The Gophers churned out 271 yards on the ground.
Ameer Abdullah ran 19 times for 165 yards for Nebraska. Taylor Martinez completed 16-of-30 passes for 165 yards threw an interception.
The game was tied 10-10 at halftime but Nebraska was limited to a touchdown catch by Sam Cotton and a Pat Smith field goal in the second half.
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