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David Cobb, stingy defense carry Minnesota to 24-10 victory over Penn State for 4th win in row

  • Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams (88) and Donovahn Jones (4) celebrate Williams' touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams (88) and Donovahn Jones (4) celebrate Williams' touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson (9) leaves behind Penn State  defensive end Anthony Zettel (98) and defensive tackle Austin Johnson (99) on a 23-yard gain during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson (9) leaves behind Penn State defensive end Anthony Zettel (98) and defensive tackle Austin Johnson (99) on a 23-yard gain during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Penn State running back Zach Zwinak (28) tries to break the tackle of Minnesota defensive lineman Theiren Cockran (55) as he carries the ball for an 11-yard gain in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Penn State running back Zach Zwinak (28) tries to break the tackle of Minnesota defensive lineman Theiren Cockran (55) as he carries the ball for an 11-yard gain in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

David Cobb carried 27 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Minnesota held Penn State scoreless over the final 33-plus minutes to grind out a 24-10 victory on Saturday, the fourth in a row for the Golden Gophers.

Philip Nelson had 186 yards and a score on 15-for-24 passing, plus one touchdown and 40 yards on the ground for Minnesota (8-2, 4-2), which has won four straight Big Ten games in the same season for the first time since 1973.

The Gophers haven't had this many victories since going 10-3 in 2003.

Zach Zwinak scored once and gained a season-high 150 yards on 26 rushes for the Nittany Lions (5-4, 2-3), who converted only one of nine third downs and one of three fourth downs.

Allen Robinson had seven receptions for 63 yards, giving him 1,106 yards this year to break Bobby Engram's 18-year-old program record.