Posted by Adam Jacobi
NEBRASKA WON. Nebraska had little difficulty in dispatching Minnesota on Saturday, coasting to a 41-14 victory that really wasn't as close as the score indicated. Nebraska took a 34-0 lead into halftime, and the Husker defense held the Gophers to 11 first downs on the day -- including just four in the first half.
WHY NEBRASKA WON: Minnesota is very, very bad at football.
WHEN NEBRASKA WON: Nebraska was already up 10-0 when WR Kenny Bell ran a reverse on the first play of a drive and took it 82 yards to the house. 17-0, one minute into the 2nd quarter, and the final gun may as well have sounded then.
WHAT NEBRASKA WON: All Nebraska needed was an easy victory here to keep its starters as healthy as possible, and to empty the bench by the fourth quarter and get some experience. That's indeed what happened, and now Nebraska has another win on the season as it moves through the Big Ten schedule.
WHAT MINNESOTA LOST: With this loss, Minnesota tumbles to 1-6 (0-3) on the season, and it's getting to the point where it looks like the Gophers and their fans just want the season to be over. When Nebraska fills the seats at TCF Bank Stadium better than the home Gophers do, you can actually see how much emotional investment is left in this season.
THAT WAS CRAZY: With the score 17-0, Duane Bennett returned Nebraska's kickoff, and he had just crossed the 20-yard line in stride when he was upended and taken down at the 25-yard line. The tackler led with his shoulder, pushed through Bennett's lower half to complete the play, and was also a fellow Gopher. Watch, cringe, and fully understand Minnesota football.