Minnesota coach Jerry Kill praised Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for his big passing day, and then criticized his team for not doing much to stop him.
''We don't have any excuses. They just dominated us,'' Kill said after Saturday's 38-14 loss to the No. 16 Cornhuskers. ''Our defense was asked to be on the field too much and Martinez did a great job of throwing the football around. He's really worked on his game.''
Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming the Huskers' all-time passing leader.
The Huskers (9-2, 6-1), who had to come from behind in the second half in four of its first five Big Ten wins, scored on four of their first six possessions against the Gophers (6-5, 2-5).
Nebraska can clinch the Legends Division title - and a berth in the conference championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 1 - with a win at Iowa on Friday or a Michigan loss at Ohio State Saturday.