Martinez leads No. 16 Nebraska past Gophers 38-14

Martinez leads No. 16 Nebraska past Gophers 38-14
November 17, 2012, 7:07 pm
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Nebraska's Kenny Bell (80) jumps into the arms of teammate Brent Qvale (76), after catching a touchdown pass against Minnesota in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. At left is Jake Long (41) and at right is Cole Pensick (62). (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming No. 16 Nebraska's all-time passing leader in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers (9-2, 6-1), who had to come from behind in the second half in four of its first five Big Ten wins, scored on four of their first six possessions against the Gophers (6-5, 2-5).

Nebraska can clinch the Legends Division title - and a berth in the conference championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 1 - with a win at Iowa on Friday or a Michigan loss at Ohio State Saturday.

Martinez passed 36 yards to a wide-open Bell for the Huskers' first touchdown, and they later connected for a 30-yarder along the sideline.

Minnesota had 98 total yards entering the fourth quarter. Nebraska pulled its starters, and the Gophers scored on MarQueis Gray's 1- and 6-yard runs.