MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tommy Armstrong Jr. bounced back from a pair of bad performances to start Big Ten play, passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns to start the salvaging of Nebraska's season and preserve a 48-25 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Terrell Newby rushed for 116 yards and two first-half scores on just 13 carries for the Cornhuskers (3-4, 1-2), who were reeling from four losses this fall on the opponent's final offensive play.

This one was a lot less stressful, though Mitch Leidner did his best to keep the Gophers (4-3, 1-2) competitive against Nebraska's FBS-worst pass defense with career bests in completions (26) and yards (301). Leidner threw two late interceptions, one that was returned by Joshua Kalu for a 41-yard touchdown, but he threw for one score and ran for another.

Alonzo Moore, Cethan Carter and De'Mornay Pierson-El were the touchdown targets by Armstrong, who completed only 36 percent of his passes for a total of 234 yards in losses to Illinois and Wisconsin the last two weeks.