Nebraska football final report card against Minnesota

Check out how each unit did in the Nebraska football team's first win of the regular season

The Nebraska football team got its first win of the season. They upended the Minnesota Golden Gophers 53-28 after taking a 28-8 lead at the half [VIDEO]. Despite the win, there were a couple of units that still needed some improvement. Check out our grades for every unit of the Huskers for the whole game.


Quarterbacks (A)

It would have been harder for Adrian Martinez to have a better game. He completed 25 of 29 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 15 times for 125 yards and another TD. He did have one fumble on a bad snap. That's why he isn't getting an A+, but honestly he had the best overall game we've seen from a Husker quarterback in recent memory. Maybe ever?


Running backs (A+)

Devine Ozigbo had TD runs of 40 and 59 yards. He finished the day with 152 yards on just 12 carries. He added three catches for 25 yards. Maurice Washington played most of the second half and logged 109 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown of his own. Combined, the running backs went for 261 yards and three touchdowns. They averaged 10.03 yards a carry. For the game. The running backs averaged a first down per carry.


Receivers/Tightends (A)

This is yet another case of not getting an A+ because of a razor thin margin for error. Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman were lights out. a combined 18 catches for 240 yards. Why this isn't an A+ is because no tight end had a catch and other receivers had problems getting involved in the game.Once again, it's hard to know whether it's a matter of play-calling or the players just not finding a way to get involved.


Offensive line (A)

When you have team that goes for over 650 yards of offense, it would be hard to give the offensive line anything less than an A.


Defensive line (C-)

We finally get into some less than great grades with the defensive line. This unit has backslid a bit since the beginning of the season. They had problems getting a pass rush outside of a few plays. They also allowed Tanner Morgan a bit too much room to operate.


Linebackers (B+)

For the most part, the linebacker corps continued to be the strength of the team. The only reason the unit doesn't get a higher grade is because there were some missed reads and missed tackles that made this game closer than it needed to be at one point.


Defensive backs (C-)

This unit had a real up and down day against Minnesota. At times, it looked like it was playing better than it had all season. Then late in the second quater and most of the second half it had real problems. Backup quarterback completed 11 of 16 passes for 214 yards. Tyler Johnson caught 11 passes for 184 yards. This unit is going to have to figure stuff out if the Blackshirts as a whole want to get better.

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