'Best practice ever' serves as springboard to Minnesota contest

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- Coming off a heartbreaking 34-31 overtime loss to Northwestern last weekend, Husker Coach Scott Frost said the team was upbeat by Monday for what the coach called, "our best practice ever."

The coach said, "We left a lot on the table," on Saturday. "We came up one short. One play short."

Frost said the offense has made "big time" improvements rolling up better than 480 yards for the third straight game last weekend but the pass rush needs work. He said they're not where they need to be right now but, "just wait and see."

Nebraska begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks on Saturday afternoon against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium.

Big Red heads into the contest looking for its first win of 2018. They took a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter but saw the Wildcats storm back to win on an overtime field goal.

Minnesota will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

The Gophers were victorious in each of their three non-conference games before dropping their three Big Ten games, including a 30-14 loss at Ohio State last Saturday.

The Gophers have leaned on a strong defense in the first half of the season, allowing 354.2 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota Coach P.J. Fleck is in his second season at the helm of the Gopher program.

Kickoff Saturday is 2:30.