College football Week 1 best plays: Minnesota shuts out Matt Rhule’s Huskers

A year ago, after being fired by the Carolina Panthers, Matt Rule suddenly found himself out of a job.

Now, he’s back in the college game, tasked with rebuilding a Nebraska program hungry to rediscover its past dominance — and he’s loving every second of it.

“I’m having the time of my life, I really am,” she said last week. “So, this is as happy as I’ve been in a long time. My family is here now. My girls are happy, my family is happy, my wife is happy, my son is doing well. I really enjoy this team.”

Rhule makes his Nebraska debut tonight, as his Cornhuskers battle Minnesota in a Big Ten showdown on Fox.

Here are the best plays of the game.

Nebraska at Minnesota

:07, 2nd: Intercepted!

Jeff Sims, a transfer from Georgia Tech, led Nebraska on a nice drive late in the half, ripping off runs of 5 and 9 yards and completing a 15-yard pass as the Huskers drove deep into Minnesota territory.

But to at least make up for a chip-shot field goal before halftime, Sims instead lofted a pass into the waiting arms of Minnesota’s Trevon Jones in the end zone.

Minnesota’s Trevon Jones chose Jeff Sims

8:48, 2nd: SIMS TAKEN!

Nebraska had a short drive, but on third-and-long, Huskers QB Jeff Sims threw a pass that sailed and was intercepted by Tyler Nubin.

Minnesota coach PJ Fleck took a moment to praise the talent of his QB Athan Kaliakmanis.

12:31, 2nd: Gophers strike first

All those possessions finally paid off for PJ Fleck’s Minnesota team, which took a 3-0 lead on Dragan Kesich’s 34-yard field goal.

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0:00, 1st: A defensive struggle

Minnesota was driving another time-consuming drive to the Nebraska 34-yard line as the first quarter ended.

Minnesota had the ball for 10:27 of a 0-0 first quarter.

7:55, 1st: Sims is a problem

The Gophers got the ball first and held it for over five minutes. They pinned the Huskers at their own 1-yard line, but freshman Nebraska quarterback Jeff Sims gave his team some breathing room with a 26-yard dash.

However, the Gophers defense held firm, forcing a punt.

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