Nebraska coach Mike Riley credits an improved ground game and defense for the Huskers resurgence. After falling to 3-6 after an October 31st loss at Purdue the Huskers have responded with victories over Michigan State and Rutgers.
Riley says improvement on defense begins with the secondary.
“We are challenging more receivers, we are getting our hands on more balls and we are not giving up as many big plays as we did early in the year”, said Riley. “That also has to do with a better pass rush and we have also run the ball better the last couple of weeks.”
The Huskers have averaged just over 175 yards on the ground the past two weeks and the defense limited Rutgers to 259 yards of total offense. Nebraska is off this week and Riley says the focus will be on rest as the prepare for a November 27th game against Iowa.