Defense, Mistakes Doom Nebraska at Minnesota
The Huskers may have been hoping for one more easy game heading into a tough stretch of Big Ten football. They wouldn't get it however, as Minnesota played inspired football for 4 quarters to surprise NU. The Golden Gophers rushed for 263 yards and were efficient in the passing game in the 34-23 Minnesota victory. They avoided turnovers while getting two from Nebraska.
Defensively, Minnesota stymied the NU offense. Taylor Martinez was sacked 4 times. No one not named Ameer Abdullah had much success running the football.
The special teams were generally good for Nebraska, though an untimely shank in the punting game set up the final Golden Gopher touchdown that iced the game.
The margin for error is gone if Nebraska wants to win a division championship. At this point, bowl eligibility is still a question, which also means the noise about head coach Bo Pelini's job security will get loud as well.