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 first win Saturday, players who were on the field against Minnesota last year need only remember what happened in that game.The Gophers (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten), who visit Memorial Stadium on Saturday, rushed for 410 yards overall and also scored two touchdowns in the last 8 minutes in a 54-21 win."They kind of ran it up,” running Pat Elflein Jersey back Devine Ozigbo said.To be fair, Nebraska (0-6, 0-4) didn’t put up much resistance in that game or, for that matter, the next two when Penn State and Iowa each hung 56 on the Huskers.Linebacker Mohamed Barry is among seven members of the 2018 defense who started on that crisp afternoon in Minneapolis when the Gophers gashed the Huskers for 9.1 yards per carry."Oh, yeah. I’m motivated as heck,” Barry said. "I’m ready for this game and stopping the run, because that was a big factor. No. 24 had a good game against Ohio State. I think he had newcomer of the week for the Big Ten. So shutting him down, shutting that run down will be vital. Something that I will take pride in doing this week.”Barry was referring to redshirt freshman Mohamed Ibrahim, who ran for 157 yards in a 30-14 road loss to the then-No. 3 Buckeyes. He probably will get most of the work again. Shannon Brooks has been medically cleared to return from his knee injury, but his status was uncertain after his arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault following a confrontation with a male roommate last weekend. Nebraska is coming off a painful 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern. The Huskers blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter in their program-record 10th straight loss. A loss Saturday would mark the first time since 1957 they’ve dropped seven in a row in the same season."You cannot look at this team and look at a record,” Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "This team could easily be 5-1, 4-2, easily. They have lost on strange oddities. If I would tell you stories of how they lost watching these games Harrison Smith Jersey Black Friday , you’d be like, no way. This team is averaging close to 400, 500 yards of offense a game.”MOOS SEES IMPROVEMENTNebraska athletic director Bill Moos said in an interview he sees the Huskers getting better under first-year coach Scott Frost even though they haven’t won."It’s not a panic situation,” Moos said. "We have the blueprint, we know what has to be fixed and it isn’t just on the roster or in the playbook. A lot of it has to do with addressing the infrastructure and building blocks needed to be perfected to be a champion. I’m talking about nutrition, strength and conditioning and recruiting, and it goes on and on and on. I’m very confident that in time this is going to be a fabulous program with great results.”HE’S A LOADMinnesota will start 6-foot-9, 400-pound freshman right tackle Daniel Faalele for the second straight week. Freedom Akinmoladun, at 6-4 and 295 pounds, will be the primary Nebraska defender matched against him. According to Associated Press research, Faalele is the biggest offensive lineman on an FBS depth chart.MINNESOTA MANJD Spielman, who grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was one of Nebraska’s few bright spots in last year’s game. The son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman caught nine passes for 141 yards, and his 291 all-purpose yards were most by an FBS freshman in 2017. Spielman is third in the Big Ten with 89.5 receiving yards per game.PENALTY WATCHNebraska’s 10.2 penalties for 96 yards per game are worst in the Big Ten. Minnesota’s 4.0 penalties for 43.2 yards rank second.IMPROVED RUN DEFENSEMinnesota allowed 315 rushing yards and 8.5 per carry at Maryland on Sept. 22. Since then, the Gophers have limited Iowa to 106 rushing yards and 2.7 per carry and Ohio State to 92 yards and 2.9 per carry.A YOUNG MAN’S GAMEEach team starts a true freshman quarterback. The Gophers’ Zack Annexstad has completed just 50 percent of his passes (44 of 88) with four touchdowns and seven interceptions over the last three games, all losses. Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez has flashed game-breaking abilities as a runner and passer but also has been inconsistent. Any lingering questions about Jared Goff‘s ability to be the next standout quarterback in a horned helmet are withering while he destroys defenses this season.The Vikings were his latest victims Thursday night when Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns of increasing brilliance. Yet Minnesota still had a chance until the Los Angeles Rams‘ defense kept them unbeaten.Goff set career highs while winning a scintillating duel with Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins and leading the Rams to a 38-31 victory.Goff and Cousins got together at midfield afterward, exchanging compliments about their eye-catching performances and their bright futures ahead."We’re really clicking right now,” Goff said. "I feel good about where we’re at https://www.minnesotavikingsshop.com/Jaleel-Johnson-Jersey , and we have a lot of season ahead of us.”Goff was perfect, at least according to his passer rating of 158.3 in his third consecutive 300-yard game. He went 26 of 33 in the Rams’ most prolific passing performance since 1982.Yet the raw numbers don’t describe the series of high-difficulty, high-reward throws that he completed in a brilliant four-touchdown first half.He threw a 70-yard beauty of a TD pass to Cooper Kupp, who then caught a perfectly thrown 19-yard scoring pass later in the second quarter on his way to a monster 162-yard receiving game. Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods also hauled in scoring throws designed by Sean McVay and executed flawlessly by his quarterback.The Rams (4-0) are off to their best start since 2001, when Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and their fleet-footed receivers made the franchise’s last appearance in the Super Bowl."It can’t get much better than how we’re playing right now,” Gurley said. "I mean, it can. But it can’t.”For all of the Rams’ offensive brilliance, Cousins and the Vikings (1-2-1) were within a touchdown with the ball at midfield and 2 minutes to play. Cousins passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns, but Minnesota lost when Rams rookie defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers strip-sacked Cousins near midfield with 1:18 to play."If you don’t bounce back, if you don’t have an answer, you won’t be in the league very long,” said Cousins, who went 36 for 50. "This league will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t show up every week. We felt like there was a huge sense of urgency, and we played that way.”Cousins also got a moment to chat with McVay, his former offensive coordinator in Washington. Cousins credits McVay for a major role in his development into an $84 million quarterback, and Goff has spent untold hours watching film of Cousins’ progress with McVay."It’s fun for us, personally Riley Reiff Color Rush Jersey ,” Goff said of his duel with Cousins, who hit Aldrick Robinson for two scores."I don’t know if it’s fun for the whole team, but it’s cool,” Goff said. "Got a lot of respect for him and the way he plays, and I just think he’s such a great quarterback. To get a chance to go against him like that and kind of duke it out, I told him after the game how much I appreciated the battle with him.”A healthy throng of purple-clad fans turned out for the Vikings’ first game in Los Angeles since 1993 鈥?but one week after giving up 27 points in the first half and getting blown out as 16 1/2-point favorites in Buffalo, the Vikings gave up 28 before halftime against LA."We did not play well defensively,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "Offensively we moved the ball well, but we had too many missed tackles, and too many people were left wide open. I’ve not ever had a team that’s been this poor in pass coverage. We are going to have to look at everything.”The Vikings trimmed LA’s lead to 31-28 late in the third quarter with Adam Thielen‘s 45-yard TD catch and a 2-point conversion.Goff promptly surpassed his previous career highs for yards passing during a swift drive ending in Robert Woods’ 31-yard TD catch, and the Rams’ defense hung on while the offense went scoreless in the fourth quarter, partly thanks to a missed 28-yard field goal by Sam Ficken.Goff found Kupp with two beautiful TD throws in the first half, the first hitting Kupp in stride on that 70-yard sprint , and the second eluding two Vikings and dropping into Kupp’s hands deep in the end zone."Jared put it in about a 6-inch box that only he could fit it into,” McVay said.Less than 2 1/2 minutes later, Goff hit Cooks down the middle for a 47-yard score. 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