Minnesota picked up arguably their biggest win of the season to date with a 34-7 blowout over Nebraska. The Huskers seemed to have no answer on defense for anything the Golden Gophers threw or ran at them.
After the game, Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck revealed just how well-prepared his team was for the Huskers.
In a postgame interview, Fleck explained that they planned to force Nebraska’s linebackers into running sideways. He noted that it helped the strategy that the running backs were able to break tackles too.
“We felt if we could get them running sideways, their (line)backers wouldn’t fit right, then we (would) be able to run well. We did that. Then our (running) backs broke tackles. Even when they did it right our backs broke tackles and made some plays.”
The strategy seemed to work to perfection. Minnesota ran the ball 47 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 34-7 win. Quarterback Tanner Morgan only needed to throw the ball 13 times.
Damaging but honest assessment on Neb’s struggling LBs from Fleck pic.twitter.com/eXRJoiwYmx
— Jim in MN (@HuskersMN) October 13, 2019
At 6-0 on the season, the Golden Gophers have already matched last year’s regular season win total under PJ Fleck.
The Associated Press rewarded them for their strong game by ranking them No. 20 in the nation.
The #Gophers are now an AP Top 25 team.
Minnesota is in at #20. https://t.co/tupl6I0K0P
— Hobie Artigue (@HobieFOX9) October 13, 2019
On top of recording a huge win over a major Big Ten West foe, Fleck may have also exposed the blueprint for beating Nebraska moving forward.
The Huskers’ defense has been exposed in blowout losses to Minnesota and Ohio State. Head coach Scott Frost said postgame that his team needs to focus on the basics (like tackling).
Nebraska fell to 4-3 on the season with Saturday night’s loss. Unless the Huskers’ defense can start to get stops – consistently – this season is going nowhere fast.