This was a game where the big boys up front for the Nebraska football team could feel good about what they’d done.
In Nebraska’s 53-28 win against Minnesota on Saturday, the Nebraska offensive line helped the Huskers to three 100-yard rushers.
Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed for 152 yards, quarterback Adrian Martinez rushed for 143 yards and running back Maurice Washington rushed for 109 yards.
It’s just the fifth time in program history Nebraska has had three 100-yard rushers, with the last time coming against Washington in 2010 with Taylor Martinez, Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead.
It’s probably the best the Husker O-line has played this season, senior left guard Jerald Foster said.
“I knew we were getting close to 700 (yards of offense), so that’s kind of cool,” Foster said.
The Huskers ended up with 659 yards of offense, with a season-high 383 yards rushing and 276 passing. The 383 yards rushing is the most for the Huskers since rushing for 458 against Illinois in 2014.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost has seen players on the O-line taking the next step in their improvements as players.
“Jerald (Foster) and Tanner (Farmer) do a good job leading the line up front,” Frost said. “Matt Farniok is playing like a warrior. (Brenden) Jaimes keeps getting better every week. He had a really good one today. Boe Wilson is giving us a spark.”
Nebraska has now had at least 475 yards of offense in four straight games. Foster is having fun playing in the Huskers’ offense.
“It really lets you play loose and get your ears back and go forward and attack the defense. I love the way our offense goes,” Foster said.
And it’s not just the offensive linemen that are helping players like Ozigbo and Martinez get big plays. The wide receivers were also getting some big blocks downfield.
“You love when you go O-line vs. the wideouts for who gets the most pancake (blocks),” Foster said.
Ozigbo averaged 12.7 yards per carry, and had his two longest runs of the season in the first quarter, a 40-yard TD run on the opening drive and a career-long 59-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead. The 59-yard run was the longest by a Husker since Terrell Newby had a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against Illinois in 2016.
Ozigbo already had 105 yards on his first three carries of the game. He’s rushed for at least 150 yards in three of the past four games, and has six touchdowns in that stretch.
This is his senior year, and Ozigbo is trying to make the most of it.
“I love playing the game and I definitely want to get as many opportunities to play as possible,” Ozigbo said. “It’s my senior year. God willing, I’ll get a chance next year, but this is it. This is all I’ve got, so I want to make the most of it.”