David Cobb runs for 68 yards in 20-7 loss.
Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row.
Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
Minnesota beat Penn State, 24-10, for its fourth straight victory.
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Minnesota won its third straight Big Ten game with a 42-39 victory at Indiana.
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Minnesota reached bowl eligibility with a 34-23 win over Nebraska.
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Photos from the Gophers vs. Western Illinois football game at TCF Bank Stadium, Sept. 14, 2013
Photos from the Gopher Football game vs. UNLV on August 29, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Ran 12 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 48-yard score, in a win against UNLV was 10-of-22 for 99 yards and a touchdown vs. UNLV rushed 15 times for a career-high 122 yards (13th most all-time by a Gopher quarterback) and a touchdown at New Mexico State completed eight passes for 127 yards against the Aggies rushed six times for 16 yards and was 3-of-4 passing against Western Illinois before leaving the game with an injury missed the San Jose State game with an injury returned to the starting lineup against Iowa and passed for 135 yards and one touchdown saw limited action at Michigan sawaction in a reserve roll at Northwestern and ledMinnesota to a victory, as he rushed for 26 yards and passed for 112 yards and one touchdown rushed eight times for 55 yards and two touchdowns against Nebraska and was also 7-of-15 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown completed 16-of-23 passes for career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns (4) to be became just the 17th (ninth actual player) Minnesota quarterback to pass for four scores in one game and the first since Adam Weber tossed five touchdowns against Michigan State in 2009 his 298 passing yards at Indiana were the most by a Gopher quarterback since Weber went for 299 yards against Penn State in 2010 ran 12 times for 40 yards and one touchdown against Penn State, while also going 15-of-24 for 186 yards and one touchdown started against Wisconsin and at Michigan State.
2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Started the final seven games of the season at quarterback passed for 873 yards and eight touchdowns (third most ever for a Gopher freshman quarterback) rushed 69 times for 184 yards led team with 1,057 yards of total offense named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance against Purdue (first Gopher to ever earn that honor) shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with running back Rodrick Williams. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at Wisconsin completed 13-of-24 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 67 yards at Wisconsin made his home debut against Purdue and led Minnesota to a 44-28 win completed 15-of-22 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win vs. Purdue rushed for 37 yards and connected on 13 passes, including one touchdown, against Michigan caught his first career pass (from holder Peter Mortell) on fake field goal attempt vs. Michigan completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards (fewest in a Minnesota win since Adam Weber passed for 74 yards in 35-20 win against Purdue on Nov. 10, 2010) in a 17-3 win at Illinois, which secured a bowl bid for the Gophers saw action at Nebraska and against Michigan State rushed for 26 yards and completed 7-of-16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Mankato West High School led team to an 11-1 record, conference and section championship and berth in state semifinals winner of Minnesota Mr. Football award following his senior season also named ESPN Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and the AP earned All-America recognition by the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game named Big Nine Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time Big Nine Offensive Player of the Year MaxPreps' Tom Lemming rated him the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 40 overall player in the country and his National Sleeper of the Year three-time all-conference selection set state records for single-season total touchdowns (55) and career touchdowns (135) finished career No. 2 on state charts for attempts (801), completions (490), passing yards (7,561) and touchdown passes (94) passed for 2,784 yards and 35 scores, while rushing for 1,243 yards and 20 TDs as a senior coached by Mark Esch.
PERSONAL:Philip Nelson was born September 11, 1993 son of Pat and Norma Nelson has yet to declare a major.