EAST LANSING, Mich - While it is sometimes hard to find the good in a loss, Nebraska’s defense showed they have the ability to slow even the best offenses in the country in Saturday night’s 27-22 defeat to the hands of Michigan State.
Entering their game, the Spartans were averaging 55 points per contest – led by quarterback Connor Cook’s 69 percent completion rate. While Cook seemed to make the most important throws, he was limited to just 11-of-29 passing on Saturday night.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was asked about his team’s defensive performances minutes after the contest Saturday.
"I thought our defense did a lot of good things tonight. I thought defensively, we played well enough to win the football game,” said Pelini. “I don't know how many yards they had rushing. I thought we did a pretty good job for the most part against the run game. Did a lot of good things defensively. Just wasn't enough to win the football game. It's a team game and as a team, we didn't play well enough."
The number Pelini didn’t know was 188, with 111 of them coming from senior running back Jeremy Langford. It took him 29 attempts to do it; good for 3.8 yards per carry average – well below his season and career average.