The recap: Nebraska scored 38 consecutive points with nonchalant ease, waltzing to its 16th consecutive victory over the overmatched Gophers.
What was learned: Nebraska looks like the favorite to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl, and Minnesota isn't even competitive with that level of competition.
• Taylor Martinez became Nebraska's all-time leading passer and the first Cornhusker to reach 6,000 passing yards in a career.
• Ed and Tommy Olson started alongside each other on the left side of the Gophers offensive line for the first time in three weeks. Both had missed time because of ankle injuries.
• Christian Eldred punted 11 times, and the Gophers averaged only 32.5 net yards, partly because of a season-worst 7-yard punt in the second quarter.
• The Gophers allowed Nebraska to convert seven of 15 third downs, but it was the length of them that really hurt: Five first downs came on third-and-7 or longer.
TV: BTN Radio: 100.3-FM
Records: Gophers 6-5, 2-5 Big Ten; Michigan State 5-6, 2-5
The skinny: The defending Legends Division champion is the Big Ten's most disappointing team this season, and the Spartans' collapse has occurred in the most excruciating way possible: Their past seven games, five of them losses, have been decided by four points or fewer, the longest streak in FBS history. The Spartans, who allow the fewest points and yards in the Big Ten but rank last in passing efficiency, must win Saturday just to avoid being shut out of the bowls for the first time since 2006.
|Washington||79||4th Qtr 4:23|
|Toronto||3||3rd Prd 6:46|
|Ottawa||2||3rd Prd 10:14|
|NY Islanders||1||3rd Prd|
|Anaheim||2||2nd Prd 13:23|
|Los Angeles||2||1st Prd :59|
|San Jose||1||1st Prd 16:57|
|Fla Gulf Coast||81|
|NC State||27||2nd Half 15:47|
|Texas A&M||25||2nd Half 18:08|
|West Virginia||40||2nd Half|
|Auburn||37||2nd Half 15:30|
|Michigan||41||2nd Half 15:28|
|Fresno State||48||2nd Half 16:16|
|San Jose St||35||2nd Half 15:00|
|Nevada||37||2nd Half 12:35|
|UNLV||19||2nd Half 17:22|
|San Diego State||33|
|Wyoming||42||2nd Half 10:00|