Nebraska-Minnesota: Recap, score, analysis for Week 11 game (November 11, 2017)

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In the battle to stay bowl eligible, Nebraska (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) lost to  Minnesota (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, November 11. Find a recap and analysis below.

The Huskers are coming off another tough loss, one that hurt their bowl aspirations and increased the heat on coach Mike Riley. A win at Minnesota is critical considering Nebraska’s final two regular-season games are against Penn State and Iowa, both of which are in the top 20 of the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Nebraska-Minnesota live updates, score

Here’s a quarter-by-quarter look at how everything unfolds, as the game happens:

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 47, Nebraska 21 (Q4, 6:30): Completely forgot to say Minnesota scored again. That’s how this game has gone.

Minnesota 40, Nebraska 21 (Q4, 10:17): Guess Nebraska still has a little life left. The Huskers put together a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. It was capped off by Devine Ozigbo taking it 1-yard into the end zone.

Better than nothing.

Minnesota 40, Nebraska 14 (Q4, 15:00): As it turns out, Lee will not return. He is done for the day.

Minnesota 37, Nebraska 14 (Q3, 5:06): And once again, Nebraska’s defense fails to tackle or make any big stops. Minnesota gets into the end zone again, and this game is starting to get out of hand. Well, it may have already been out of hand. Who knows anymore.

Minnesota 30, Nebraska 14 (Q3, 9:00): Husker Sports Network has reported that Lee did not return after half due to illness. His return at this point is up in the air.

This is going to be tough for Patrick O’Brien. Plenty of fans have wanted him in the game before, and this is now his shot. First couple of drives haven’t gone so well, but we’ll see if he can turn it around.

Minnesota 30, Nebraska 14 (Q3, 13:57): Huskers have the ball to start the half, and Patrick O’Brien is in at quarterback. Not sure why Tanner Lee is out.

Minnesota 30, Nebraska 14 (Halftime): Let’s see. Where to begin? How about this fun fact:

Says about all you need to know.

Minnesota 30, Nebraska 14 (Q2, 0:04): Well, that answers that. Nebraska couldn’t stop Minnesota from scoring. Sure, it’s a field goal but it’s pretty ugly where it stands now.

Minnesota 27, Nebraska 14 (Q2, 2:50): Nebraska put together a 10-yard, 90-play drive that ended in a touchdown.

The question now is whether or not the defense can stop Minnesota with nearly 3 minutes left before halftime.

Minnesota 27, Nebraska 7 (Q2, 6:40): This is getting ugly fast. Nebraska’s defense cannot get a stop of any kind. What a mess.

Minnesota 20, Nebraska 7 (Q2, 11:42): Nebraska’s defense just can’t figure out the QB read option play. Have now been beat on it twice for a touchdown.

Absolutely insane situation.

Minnesota 14, Nebraska 7 (Q2, 14:14): And just like that, no points for Nebraska. Huskers went for it on 4th and 1, but Minnesota stopped the Huskers.

That’s rough, especially because Nebraska opted to have Wilbon in versus Ozigbo. While Wilbon has been doing well, Ozigbo is a great short-yardage back so that choice is questionable. Beyond that, Wilbon was running behind two freshmen on the right side. Not sure what that says about the left side of the offensive line when it has two juniors there but the Huskers opted to go left.

Well, you can probably assume what it means.

Minnesota 14, Nebraska 7 (Q2, 15:00): Can Nebraska answer here? Really needs to, and a field goal really wouldn’t do it. Points are points, but a touchdown is needed.

Minnesota 14, Nebraska 7 (Q1, 1:39): Tanner Lee’s 44-yard pass to De’Mornay Pierson-El was a thing of beauty. Took Nebraska to the Minnesota 26-yard line. If Pierson-El could have just gotten a little more kick, he’d have taken it all the way.

Minnesota 14, Nebraska 7 (Q1, 3:08): Well, Nebraska’s defense can’t seem to stop Minnesota. We looked into the ‘bend, don’t break’ approach this week, and the reality is that it’s flawed. It relies on the opposing team making mistakes on offense, and the Nebraska defense taking advantage of those mistakes.

In Minnesota’s case, the offense is playing well and Nebraska’s defense can’t do a thing about it. It doesn’t help that linebacker Chris Weber appears to be limited at best, so other defenders are going to have to step up. It’s just a rough start for this Husker defense so far.

Nebraska 7, Minnesota 7 (Q1, 8:48): Let’s relive this for a moment.

Boe Wilson, who is the backup right guard, lined up at H-back with a No. 46 jersey. Just watch him in the clip. Incredible.

Nebraska 7, Minnesota 7 (Q1, 8:57): Nice answer by Nebraska. Tanner Lee helped lead a really nice drive that went 12 plays for 75 yards.

Mikale Wilbon was also a star on that drive. He has 23 yards on 5 attempts so far and was the one to take it into the end zone. After an unfortunate start for Nebraska, that was a great drive overall.

Minnesota 7, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 14:47): Well, that was something. Minnesota’s Rodney Smith returned Drew Brown’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

Worth noting that it was the first kickoff return for a touchdown allowed in Mike Riley’s time with Nebraska.

Nebraska 0, Minnesota 0 (Q1, 15:00): Let’s do this.

Nebraska-Minnesota pregame updates

11 a.m.: Big loss for Minnesota with RB Shannon Brooks out with a concussion. Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary will get snaps in his place.

10:50 a.m.: Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but JD Spielman appears to have tweaked his ankle during warmups.

As for other roster updates, a few Huskers made their first travel roster of the season.

8:55 a.m.: Quiet morning, so not many fans out to greet the Huskers as they arrive. A few made it out early, though.

8:10 a.m.: The Huskers will wear their white helmets and white jerseys today, and red pants. Pretty traditional.

12 a.m.: It’s game day.

Nebraska-Minnesota game time, information

Nebraska and Minnesota play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Nov. 11

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Weather: Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 38 degrees. Winds south at 5 to 10 mph.

The line: Nebraska is listed as a 2.5-point underdog, per MyBookie.

Nebraska-Minnesota preview, keys to the game

Nebraska kicks off the first of two consecutive November road games on Saturday, facing Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Both Nebraska and Minnesota come into the game with 4-5 records and in search of a win to keep the chance for a bowl game alive.

The Huskers appeared to be on track for a fifth win last week against Northwestern, but ultimately fell 31-24 in overtime. Nebraska now needs to secure two wins in the next three matchups against Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa.

Minnesota is currently 1-5 in Big Ten conference play after losing 33-10 to Michigan this past Saturday. After going 3-0 in non-conference play, things took a turn for the worse for the Gophers in the Big Ten. Despite that, Minnesota has remained a 2.5-point favorite over Nebraska throughout the week leading up to this matchup.

Led by first-year head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota is looking to get back on track against Nebraska. The Gophers do boast a strong defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten, and a pass defense (169.8 passing yards per game) that ranks second in the conference.

Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf spoke about Minnesota’s defense earlier this week, sharing what he’s seen from the Gophers and what the Huskers need to be aware of on Saturday.

“They have two solid defensive tackles that give you some problems,” Langsdorf said. “I don’t think they are as big as the defensive ends we have faced lately. Their backers are good, their safeties are physical hitters. They’ll be down in there tight, they are a quarters team. They like to force with those safeties. They’ll be tough, they’re physical and they play hard.”

Coach Mike Riley is not that familiar with Fleck personally, but he sees a tough Minnesota team. He also stressed the importance of a victory over the Gophers, because it would keep Nebraska’s bowl game chances alive.

“I think it’s one of the carrots,” Riley said. “I think the initial focus is the work that we are going to do this week, but I think that to not still have that out there as something would be kind of denying what’s on everybody’s mind. I think that it would be great, and I will state it would be great for our team and for our seniors in particular to fight and get some wins to get bowl eligible. So it’s definitely a carrot.”

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