Updates. With AP Photos. By L. KENT WOLGAMOTT Associated Press Even after his defense gave up 653 yards to UCLA and 498 yards and 63 points to Ohio State, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini didn't waver in his belief that things would get better.
Over the last five games, that's exactly what has happened.
No. 17 Nebraska allowed Minnesota a season-low 177 yards on Saturday and held the Gophers to just 10 of 28 passing. Nebraska now ranks 19th nationally in total defense and 41st in scoring defense.
''Obviously, we had a couple games there early on that didn't go well,'' Pelini said Monday. ''But I think we've gotten steadily better as the season's gone on. That's what you try to do. We stayed the course. We didn't panic and our kids have gotten better. Offensively, I think we've been at a high level all year. Right now, we're kind of hitting stride and playing pretty good in all phases of the game.''
The Ohio State game was the low point for the defense, senior linebacker Will Compton sai...