Minnesota football demolished Nebraska, 54-21, in on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.
Minnesota raced out to an early lead and never looked back en route to an easy win. The Gophers are now 5-5 on the season, while Nebraska drops to 4-6.
Minnesota-Nebraska football score, live updates
Final: Minnesota 54, Nebraska 21. Yikes, Huskers.
Minnesota 54, Nebraska 21 (Q4, 3:21): A 43-yard touchdown run from Kobe McCrary adds to the wreckage.
Minnesota 40, Minnesota 21 (Q4, 10:17): Minnesota’s coasting to the finish. Nebraska had to bring in Patrick O’Brien after Tanner Lee exited with a reported illness, and this one shouldn’t be close at the end.
Minnesota 30, Nebraska 14 (Halftime): Minnesota is clearly the better team so far, outgaining Nebraska 311-227. Two hundred thirty-eight of Minnesota’s yards have come on the ground.
Minnesota 20, Nebraska 7 (Q2 11:42): Minnesota has scored two straight touchdowns, with the latest coming on a 73-yard run by Demry Croft. Also, The Gophers have scored 20 points while passing for 14 yards.
Minnesota 7, Nebraska 7 (Q1, 8:57): Minnesota’s Rodney Smith took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, then Nebraska responded with a drive that ended in a Mikale Wilbon 1-yard touchdown run.
You can find live updates here once the Minnesota-Nebraska game begins.
Minnesota-Nebraska football preview, picks
Minnesota and Nebraska kick off at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Time: 11 a.m., CT
Date: November 11, 2017
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Spread: Minnesota is a 2.5-point favorite according to MyBookie.
O/U: The over/under is set at 47.5.
Even though the Big Ten West title is out of reach for both Minnesota and Nebraska, much is on the line for these two teams Saturday. The winner will only need one more win to become bowl eligible, while the loser will need to win out to extend its season. Given that both teams are facing two currently ranked teams to end their seasons, Saturday carries massive consequences for the loser.
Minnesota will face No. 25 Northwestern and No. 8 Wisconsin after Nebraska, while the Huskers will get No. 14 Penn State and No. 20 Iowa. None of those games can be considered simple wins.
For Minnesota, the game plan begins with dialing up the pressure and forcing mistakes from Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, a talented arm connected to a brain that makes horrible decisions. The transfer from Tulane leads the Big Ten in inteceptions with 13, but also ranks third in passing yards.
On offense, the Gophers will have to hope quarterback Demry Croft can get back on track against a defense that has struggled against both on the ground and in the air. The Huskers rank third to last in the Big Ten in both rushing and passing offense. Croft’s 163 passing yards against Michigan State still represent a career high, so this might be the sophomore’s best chance to assert he’s the future under center for Minnesota.
The Minnesota rushing offense will try to lighten the load a little for Croft, but that could be difficult if Shannon Brooks isn’t 100 percent. A limited Brooks, who is questionable for the game according to The Star Tribune, would mean more work for Rodney Smith, who ranks eighth in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 665.
Whoever carries the ball for Minnesota will be doing so behind a new look offensive line, as left tackle Donnell Greene is facing discipline for throwing a punch in a skirmish against Michigan. Starting center Jared Weyler is also out with a foot inury.
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