Welcome back Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer. These two major parts of Nebraska’s offensive provided much need relief from the struggles that have marked the last few weeks. Though by no means was this an explosive offense performance against the Gophers, it was largely an efficient one, with the Husker offense rushing for 4.91 YPC and throwing for 7.8 YPA. That’s the highest YPC that Minnesota has allowed this year and the third highest YPA as well. On the Nebraska side of the ledger, that was also our second highest YPC in conference play and third on the year
How did Nebraska do it? By getting back to more balance in the run game, attacking both inside and on the perimeter, along with a large dose of working the ball out to the Savage Professionals in space on screens. Add it up, package it with a dominant second half from the Blackshirts, and you end up with a 24-17 win in a game where Nebraska played the backup QB a notable number of snaps. It’s not great, but I’ll certainly take it.