Minnesota defeats Nebraska for second Big Ten win

The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 54-21, bouncing back well from their defeat at Michigan last week.

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Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft runs for one of his three touchdowns. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.

What started as a battle of two struggling Big Ten teams, the Minnesota Gophers offense came to life against the Nebraska Cornhusker defense, generating 514 yards of total offense, 350 more yards than they put up against Michigan the week before.

Still struggling in the passing game, Gopher quarterback Demry Croft went 9/15 for 105 yards. What he lacked in air attack, he made up for on the ground, rushing for 183 yards and three touchdowns. The rest of the Gophers added 227 yards of rushing.

This game was a trust in the process game…” “We needed to start fast.” Start fast they did, with Rodney Smith ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Smith tallied an impressive 279 all-purpose yards on the game.

Fleck talked about how they made the offense simpler, making the offense fit quarterback Demry Croft.

When asked about J.D. Spielman, Coach Fleck’s answer was that we need to “keep them right here” referring to the high school students who go out state to college.

Minnesota will be travel Evanston, Ill to take on the University of Northwestern Wildcats next week before wrapping up their regular season against the Wisconsin Badgers at home on November 25.

Photos by Rick Corwine and Matt Blewett