Gophers run over Nebraska to go 6-0

Shannon Brooks runs through a big hole past a diving Nebraska defender.

The Golden Gopher football team is undefeated after six games, ranked #20 in the nation, and already eligible for a bowl game.

Go ahead and pinch yourself if that seems like an alternative reality.

Minnesota’s 6-0 mark is the fastest start since 2003, and its eight consecutive victories—including last year’s wins at Wisconsin and against Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl—is a streak that hasn’t happened since 1948-49, when Bernie Bierman was the head coach and Bud Grant a Gopher player.

The latest victory was one of the more impressive in the streak, a 34-7 drubbing of Nebraska Saturday night in the wind and wet snow at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers ran over the Huskers to the tune of 322 yards rushing, including 220 by halftime. Mohamed Ibrahim, fully healthy after an early-season injury, had 84 yards and three touchdowns. Rodney Smith ran for 139  yards and a touchdown, and Shannon Brooks added 99 yards.

The last time Minnesota beat Nebraska by 27 points or more was in 1946 (by a score of 33-6), 34 years before P.J. Fleck was born.

Next up is a game at Rutgers on Oct. 19, followed by a highly anticipated two-game home stand against Maryland (Oct. 26) and Penn State (Nov. 9).