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Myrick's 100-yard kick return lifts Minnesota to 24-17 win over Northwestern

  • Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, hands off the ball to running back David Cobb during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Minneapolis, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, hands off the ball to running back David Cobb during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Minneapolis, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Minneapolis Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Minneapolis Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) evades Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) evades Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Jalen Myrick returned a kickoff 100 yards in the fourth quarter to atone for a penalty on the previous drive and help Minnesota defeat Northwestern, 24-17, on Saturday.

Mitch Leidner was 10 for 15 for 153 yards and ran for two touchdowns and David Cobb added 97 yards rushing on 30 carries for the Golden Gophers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), who didn't lose any momentum during the bye week after a convincing win at Michigan.

After Northwestern (3-3, 2-1) drove 97 yards to tie the game at 17 midway through the fourth quarter, Myrick raced through a big hole on the left side and out-ran the Wildcats down the sideline for the winning score.

Justin Jackson rushed for 106 yards and Trevor Siemian completed 32 of 50 passes for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Northwestern.