RUNNING GAME (A)
Nebraska flexed in a big way, finishing with 383 rushing yards and 8.9 per carry. Devine Ozigbo jump-started the day with his 40-yard touchdown run on the opening series. On the third series, Ozigbo sped through initial traffic en route to a career-long 59-yard touchdown run. Adrian Martinez lost a fumble in the second quarter but quickly atoned with a 53-yard run. Maurice Washington's tough running was key in the third quarter. The maligned offensive line came up big.
PASSING GAME (A)
Martinez's 9-yard touchdown strike to JD Spielman was a bullet and pushed the lead to 28-0. The freshman finished 25-for-29 for 276 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. "Those are senior numbers," coach Scott Frost said. "Those aren't an 18-year-old's numbers."
AGAINST THE RUN (B)
Collin Miller made a tone-setting stop on a first-quarter third-down run by Mohamed Ibrahim. Late in first half, Nebraska held firm on back-to-back fourth-and-2 running plays as Minnesota operated out of the wildcat, with safety Aaron Williams tackling tight end Seth Green for a 1-yard gain on fourth down. The Gophers ended up with 125 yards while averaging 3.5 per rush.
AGAINST THE PASS (D)
Dicapario Bootle's coverage was excellent on Minnesota's critical fourth-and-3 to begin the fourth quarter. But Minnesota caught Nebraska with a 69-yard tunnel screen on the second play of the third quarter, setting up a touchdown. Earlier in the game, Nebraska caught a break when Minnesota was called for holding, negating a touchdown pass against busted coverage. The Huskers broke down a bit late in the first half, allowing a long completion before Zack Annexstad's 13-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Douglas. Backup QB Tanner Morgan was 11-for-16 for 214 yards, all in the second half.
SPECIAL TEAMS (C)
Nice work by Isaac Armstrong hitting a 46-yard punt into the wind as Nebraska was pinned deep in the first quarter. Miller made a nice open-field stop on the return when it appeared there was room to run. On the down side, Demetrius Douglas sped 87 yards with a fourth-quarter kickoff. What's more, Spielman let a punt roll to the 11, a punt he could've caught, and Armstrong's 33-yard punt into the wind set up Minnesota at NU's 44.
GAME MANAGEMENT (B)
Nebraska's first penalty didn't occur until 1:58 remained in the first half. That was a step forward. But flags started flying in the second half. Martinez made an illegal forward pass before being called for intentional grounding. Lamar Jackson's interference call was costly as Minnesota mounted the comeback. The Huskers finished with six penalties, two fewer than Minnesota. Yeah, that's progress.
Nice call to help get Ozigbo loose on his 40-yard TD run to the pylon, a play on which Minnesota's safeties were sucked up toward the box. The statue-of-liberty hand-off to Maurice Washington also hit big, going for 17 yards. We saw the pistol formation for the first time, and it led to a first down on third-and-1 in Minnesota territory. Frost definitely found a play-calling rhythm.
Maybe the precocious freshman quarterback summed it up best. "I'm thankful we're finally here (with a win)," Martinez said. "But we haven't arrived."