Spielman’s Record Day Comes in Husker Loss: Minnesota returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, an early omen for how this day would go for Nebraska.
Gopher quarterback Demry Croft ran 10 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns, the Gophers rushed for 409 yards, and Minnesota defeated Nebraska 54-21.
As disappointing the outcome, the Huskers had some bright spots, mostly on offense.
Redshirt freshman receiver JD Spielman caught nine passes for 141 yards. Playing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Spielman increased his season receiving totals to 49 receptions and 734 yards to set Nebraska freshman records in both categories.
Junior quarterback Tanner Lee went 13-of-18 passing for 174 yards for Nebraska but fell ill at halftime with what coach Mike Riley said was an impact migraine. Redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien replaced Lee in the second half and went 12-of-18 for 137 yards.