Well, that was satisfying.

The Huskers traveled to Minneapolis with a clear purpose in mind, and the team took care of business.

Heading into the game, the Huskers were the second-worst team in college football when it came to penalties. Coming in with an average of 10 penalties per game, the Huskers committed just two penalties on Saturday.

The improvements didn’t stop there. The offense was balanced, and in rhythm. Receivers caught the balls thrown to them. Linemen opened holes for the running backs to blast through. Our backs made people miss.

Perhaps, the most satisfying improvement came from the Blackshirts. After rushing for 271 yards in a victory over Nebraska two years ago, and then again for 281 yards in the Golden Gopher’s win in Lincoln last season, Minnesota was stymied for just 65 yards on 26 attempts. Defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine plugged the middle and played with the ferociousness that’s needed to win in the Big 10.

“Itâ??s fun to watch Nebraska be Nebraska again,” said Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman and former Nebraska player, Jeremiah Sirles, who watched the game from the Huskers’ sideline. Truer words have rarely been spoken.

Go Big Red.

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