Somewhere between the Gophers 35-13 lead over Indiana and the almost epic collapse that saw the Hoosiers score 26 straight points to take a 39-35 lead, the Gophers were trending on Twitter. What seemed like a sure thing was turned into a finish that had fans chewing their fingernails down to nothing.
When Philip Nelson led the Gophers offense onto the field with a little more than 5 minutes left in the game a comeback was anything but certain. The offense that had generated points and yards at will against a Hoosier defense had suddenly went quiet for much of the third and fourth quarters. That is until Nelson orchestrated a five play 75 yard drive capped by a 50 yard pass to Maxx Williams with 3:06 left in the game.
Had they scored too early?
It was Indiana that had moved the ball at will scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions in the third and fourth quarters and as they moved the ball down field picking up first down after first down, the unimaginable happened.
On second and goal at the 9-yard line, Tevin Coleman threw a backwards lateral resulting in a live ball. Aaron Hill scooped it up and ran 21 yards securing the third straight Big 10 win in a row and bolstering the Gophers record to 7-2. It was the type of thing that has happened before, but with Minnesota on the wrong end of the collapse.
David Cobb continued to cement his role as the teams feature running back as he gauged the Hoosier defense for 188 yards on 29 carries. It was the third straight game over 100 yards for Cobb, the first time that a Gophers back has topped the century mark since Amir Pinnix in 2006.
Nelson had his best game as a Gopher completing 16-of-23 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Nelson headed to the Gophers locker room early in the fourth quarter after being injured during a drive that ultimately fizzled at the Hoosiers 39. He returned after only missing the remainder of that drive.
With three weeks left in the Big 10 season and home games against Penn State and Wisconsin and a roadie against Michigan State, the Gophers are currently projected by some to play in the Gator Bowl on January 1st.