Nebraska found a formula for success against Minnesota Saturday. It's tried and true and it works every time. It's deceptively simple.
Just score more points than the other team.
When you're Nebraska this season, you keep scoring and you keep scoring until the game is over. I was surrounded by a group of Nebraska fans at TCB Bank Stadium Saturday and when Minnesota scored that touchdown in the fourth quarter to move the score to 38-22, we all wondered if we were about to see another epic collapse. The collective groan wasn't just heard, it was felt by all.
"No lead is safe!" was the rallying cry for the offense. (There might have been some f-bombs in there. Probably four of them.)
The feeling got worse after Tommy Armstrong threw three straight incomplete passes and had to punt back to the Gophers, then worse yet when Minnesota hit the field goal to make the score 38-25. It finally subsided when we picked up a first down on the next drive, then went away with the Drew Brown field goal as "40" seemed to a magic number which Minnesota could not achieve.
It was a good day for the offense. Minnesota gave up more points than they had all season and Nebraska looked like they played a full four-quarter game. I wouldn't be prepared to call it a "turn around" game, but if the offense can sustain this level the rest of the season we'll at least be in every game.
Elsewhere, Northwestern gave up 40 points to Iowa in their blowout loss this past weekend. Perhaps Nebraska could score another 40 against them.
Indiana stands at 4-3, but 0-3 in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers suffered a mighty collapse on Saturday. Purdue is at 1-6. You have to wonder how long Kevin Wilson and Darrell Hazel will keep their jobs.
Michigan - Michigan State; I didn't see it 'til much later, but it that crazy or what. Sparty may be a team of destiny this season. It's sure not Michigan.
Reviews and Such
Purdue Football Coaching Changes: Still No Changes - Hammer and Rails
John Shoop and Co. are still employed by Purdue.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin: Joel Stave, passing game carry offense in Badgers' win - Bucky's 5th Quarter
A look at how the offense fared against Purdue and how the passing game once again carried Wisconsin.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin: A look at another impressive Badgers' defensive effort - Bucky's 5th Quarter
T.J. Edwards spearheaded another dominant performance by the Badgers' defense.
Hey, Wha Happen? Ohio State 38, Penn State 10 - Black Shoe Diaries
Penn State hung with the defending champs for three quarters, but came up short in Columbus
The Hawks jump four places this week.
Iowa is 7-0, and #12. Who expected this?
Three Dang Things: did we learn anything during that god awful meltdown? - The Crimson Quarry
Indiana gave back a 52-27 third quarter lead in a meltdown for the ages.
After five years under Kevin Wilson, it's time to expect better from Indiana football - The Crimson Quarry
I'm still gutted after yesterday's embarrassing loss. And it's an all too familiar feeling.
Northwestern drops out of both AP Poll and Coaches Poll - Inside NU
Northwestern (5-2 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) has fallen from the top 25 of both major polls after a 40-10 loss at home to Iowa (7-0, 3-0) on Saturday. The Wildcats dropped to No. 39
Northwestern-Iowa recap: Player grades from the Wildcats' 40-10 defeat - Inside NU
How we graded the Wildcats after their second-straight blowout loss.
Michigan Interim AD Jim Hackett Sends Open Letter to Fans Following MSU Game - Maize n Brew
He addressed the atmosphere at the Big House, threats against Blake O'Neill.
Michigan fans sending violent messages to their punter aren't just awful people. They're incredibly stupid, too - SBNation.com
Some fans have found a way to show the world that they're not just really bad human beings, they're also bad at watching football.
Everything to know about Michigan State beating Michigan with an all-time bonkers ending - SBNation.com
Good morning! This is your wakeup roundup of college football stuff. There's way more in here than just MSU's win!
Full College Football Playoff and bowl projections, now with much more Baylor confidence - SBNation.com
Within, picks for every bowl game, from the National Championship to the New Orleans.
College football rankings: Baylor gaining on Ohio State in AP, Coaches polls - SBNation.com
These rankings will be combined into a final composite.
College Football Transitivity Rankings - Week 7 - Bring On The Cats
Memphis, Iowa, and Sparty win big in this week's Transitivity Rankings.
The Top Whatever is Spencer Hall's weekly ranking of exactly the teams he feels like ranking.
Passing Grade for Huskers' Defense | Hail Varsity
The Huskers still gave up plenty of yards, particularly through the air, but it made the plays it had to against Minnesota.
Broken Chair Trophy Embraced By Nebraska Following Win Over Minnesota - The Daily Gopher
I will never wish for or enjoy a Minnesota loss. But this loss had one silver lining that I will celebrate.
Nebraska vs. Minnesota Recap: Roller-Coaster Ride Continues - The Daily Gopher
The Roller-Coaster Ride Continues!
McKewon: NU defensive coordinator Banker’s ‘quarters’ still needing polish - Omaha.com: Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos
No defense in the top level of college football has faced more passes. No defense is giving up more passing yards per game. Nebraska’s best defensive lineman, Maliek Collins, knows that, and defensive coordinator Mark Banker jokingly heard about it from him in a film session. The run defense, Collins said, looked really sharp. The pass defense? Not as much.
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