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Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan starts vs. Northwestern

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Bateman makes another toe-tapping TD (0:34)

Tanner Morgan connects with Rashod Bateman for another Minnesota touchdown, this time for 10 yards. (0:34)

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan started Saturday's game against Northwestern after coach P.J. Fleck told ESPN's College GameDay that the sophomore would play.

Morgan had been uncertain for the No. 10 Golden Gophers' contest after taking back-to-back sacks against Iowa on Nov. 16 and being placed in the concussion protocol.

He is first in the Big Ten with an average of 246.8 passing yards per game and fifth in the FBS with an average of 10.8 yards per attempt. Selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's best quarterback, Morgan has completed 64.3% of his pass attempts, best in program history among passers with at least 300 attempts.

Minnesota (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) holds a one-game lead over Wisconsin in the Big Ten West Division. The Gophers finish the regular season Nov. 30 against the Badgers.