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Top 25: No. 16 Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14
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Lincoln, Neb. • Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards, including 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 on 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 yards entering the fourth quarter. Nebraska pulled its starters, and the Gophers scored on MarQueis Gray's 1- and 6-yard runs.

The Gophers finished with 177 yards. Philip Nelson was 8 of 23 for 59 yards with two interceptions for Minnesota.

Bell and Jamal Turner had career highs for catches and yards for Nebraska. Bell had nine for 136 yards and Turner six for 83.

Ameer Abdullah went over 1,000 yards for the season, finishing with 79 yards on 18 carries. Rex Burkhead, an All-Big Ten pick a year ago, went through warm-ups but did not play in a fourth straight game because of a left knee sprain. —

Top 25 football • The Cornhuskers scored on four of their first six possessions.
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