MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Terry Jackson II ran for a career-high 239 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas Tapeh added 176 yards and a score as Minnesota held on for a 45-42 victory over Northwestern in a Big Ten Conference matchup.
Jackson bettered the career high he set a week ago against Illinois. The sophomore ran 37 times and became the first Golden Gopher to run for more than 200 yards since Tellis Redmon on December 28, 2000.
Jackson's total was the highest by a Minnesota running back in 41 games against Northwestern since the series began in 1892. He shattered John King's 1972 mark of 188.
Tapeh, a junior fullback, carried 26 times as the Golden Gophers gained a season-high 418 yards on the ground. They had 519 total yards - three fewer than the Wildcats.
Jackson opened the scoring with a five-yard run 2:16 into the game and added a two-yard TD with six minutes left in the third quarter to give Minnesota (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) a 41-21 cushion.
After Dan Nystrom's field goal early in the fourth quarter extended the lead, Northwestern (2-5, 0-3) responded with three consecutive touchdowns.
Brett Basanez connected with Jon Schweighardt on a 34-yard TD with 13:37 to go and capped a 71-yard drive with a one-yard keeper seven minutes later.
Jason Wright's 32-yard touchdown dash with 4:12 remaining brought the Wildcats with 45-42, but the Golden Gophers ran out the clock on their final possession.
Wright ran for 148 yards on 21 carries and Noah Herron rushed nine times for 87 yards - eight shy of his career high. Each scored twice for the Wildcats, who gained 306 yards on the ground.
Basanez completed 21-of-35 passes for 216 yards for Northwestern, which had won five of the previous six meetings in the series but have lost three in a row overall.