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.