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Big 10 Game Preview: Nebraska @ Minnesota

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 10/15/2015

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2)

Kickoff Time: Saturday, October 17, 3:30 PM
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: ESPN 2

The Minnesota Gophers hope to move to 2-1 in the Big Ten and 5-2 overall as it hosts Nebraska. The injury bug has bit Nebraska this season, leaving the Cornhuskers 0-2 in the Big Ten and 2-4 overall. Minnesota is 31-22-2 all-time against Nebraska.

Players to watch

  • Minnesota freshman running back Shannon Brooks exploded for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against Purdue last Saturday.
  • After throwing for 270 or more yards in his first four games, Nebraska junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has combined for 234 in the last two games – both losses. He’ll need to get back on track if the Cornhuskers want to steal one on the road.

Key Stats

  • The Gophers rank 21st in the nation in total defense, allowing just 306 yards per game.
  • Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is completing 62.4 percent of his passes at home compared to 52.6 percent on the road.
  • Nebraska’s four losses this season have been by a combined 11 points.
  • Nebraska junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp needs one reception to move into ninth place in school history with 94 career receptions.
  • Senior wide receiver KJ Maye has been Minnesota’s go-to wide receiver, hauling in 22 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown this season.
  • Despite having a losing record, Nebraska is averaging 449 yards per game, ranking 35th in the nation.
  • Junior defensive back Jalen Myrick leads the Gophers in interceptions this season with three.

Injuries

  • Minnesota senior defensive back Antonio Johnson (concussion) is questionable.
  • Minnesota senior defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) is questionable.
  • Minnesota freshman running back Rodney Smith (undisclosed) is questionable.
  • Nebraska sophomore linebacker Chris Weber (neck) is questionable.
  • Nebraska junior defensive tackle Kevin Maurice (foot) is out indefinitely.
  • Nebraska junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey (groin) is out.