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LINCOLN, Neb. (Sports Network) - Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 16 Nebraska to a 38-14 drubbing of Minnesota on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Kenny Bell caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Ameer Abdullah rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries for the Cornhuskers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten), who can win the Big Ten Legends division with either a win next week or a Michigan loss.
Nebraska will travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes next week, while Michigan will take on undefeated Ohio State.
The Cornhuskers are currently tied with Michigan for the top spot in the Legends Division, but own the tie-breaker by virtue of their 23-9 victory over the Wolverines earlier this season.
Philip Nelson completed just 8-of-23 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions and Rodrick Williams rushed for 26 yards on seven carries for the Golden Gophers (6-5, 2-5), who will host Michigan State next week to conclude the regular season.
MarQuies Gray ran for a pair of touchdowns in the setback.
Nebraska scored on its first touch when Brett Maher split the uprights from 39 yards out. Earlier in the drive, Martinez connected with Jamal Turner for a 16-yard completion, and the Cornhuskers got an extra 15 yards after the Gophers were flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty to put the ball on the Minnesota 30.
The Gophers went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Nebraska marched 85 yards in eight plays to take a 10-0 lead. Martinez hooked up with Turner for a 22-yard completion to put the ball on the Nebraska 35 and six plays later Martinez found Bell for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
After forcing yet another Minnesota three-and-out, Martinez found Bell for a 29-yard completion to set up Imani Cross' 3-yard touchdown rush to put Nebraska up 17-0.
Cross' 1-yard plunge gave Nebraska a 24-0 spread at halftime.
Following a 23-yard Abdullah run early in the second half, Martinez connected with Bell once again for a 30-yard touchdown and Stanley Jean-Baptiste returned an interception 48 yards to put the Cornhuskers up 38-0.
Gray added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns runs to account for the final margin.