Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Well, it was an improvement.
Hard to imagine the Gophers consider Saturday's 41-14 drubbing by Nebraska anything but another disaster in a 1-6 season, but technically, the 27-point defeat was their best showing against the Cornhuskers in more than four decades. MarQueis Gray completed a long pass to Da'Jon McKnight midway through the third quarter, and scored a 1-yard touchdown three plays later, snapping Nebraska's streak of 145 consecutive points against Minnesota. And Duane Bennett added a 6-yard scoring run in the final minutes, making the Minnesota deficit its smallest since a 35-10 loss in 1970, nine meetings ago.
But Nebraska dominated the mistake-ridden Gophers for the entire afternoon, finally walking away with its 15th straight win over Minnesota and its first road victory as a member of the Big Ten. Nebraska led 34-0 at halftime, bringing the Gophers' cumulative deficit in the first half of Big Ten games to 103-3.
The Gophers made numerous mistakes once again, not that it would have made much of a difference, considering Nebraska's 508 yards of offense, to Minnesota's 254. Rex Burkhead piled up 117 rushing yards on 23 carries, and 13 of 22 passes for 162 yards.
Gray was 9-of-18 for 122 passing yards.
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