Published Saturday, November 17, 2012 AT 5:16 PM / Updated at 5:19 PM
Third quarter: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 0
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska is taking care of business against Minnesota in dominating fashion, finally delivering a complete performance against a Big Ten team.

It hasn’t been perfect, but the Huskers are up 38-0 against an improving six-win team. They jumped on Minnesota early and haven’t looked back. Well done.

Nebraska also avoided a third-quarter letdown after an impressive first half, adding on to its lead. Ameer Abdullah lost a fumble on NU’s first drive after halftime, but Daimion Stafford intercepted a pass on the next play.

Junior Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s pick-six toward the end of the third quarter highlights a shutdown afternoon for the Blackshirts, putting the Huskers up 38-0 with 1:12 left.

A few more observations…

>> Nebraska’s used the quick screen passes out to flat with effectiveness. Kenny Bell’s 30 yard touchdown (which made it 31-0 midway through the third quarter) was the biggest one of the day. Still not sure why those plays weren’t a bigger part of the NU offense until Saturday, but credit Tim Beck for sticking with what works against Minnesota.

>> Bell took a hard hit after catching his ninth pass of the year. He held on, but he needed help getting off the field. Bell has 136 receiving yards.

>> Without a running game (3 yards per carry) to relay on or a deep threat to plant a seed of doubt, Minnesota’s offense has been incredibly easy for Bo Pelini to dissect. NU rarely looks out of position or off-balance. The well-prepared Blackshirts have been dominant so far.

>> Senior safety Courtney Osborne received some playing time next to Daimion Stafford midway through the third quarter. Harvey Jackson got some looks, too.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.