Nebraska defense making early statement

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Evidently there's more to that Nebraska defense than just senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Cornhuskers just came up with a key three-and-out series after Missouri had recovered a fumbled punt that had skidded off the foot of Nebraska linebacker Matthew May.

After Missouri took over, the Cornhuskers produced another three-and-out, punctuated by a third-down sack of Blaine Gabbert by defensive tackle Jared Crick. It was Nebraska's second sack of the quarter and showed how the Cornhuskers are dominating in the trenches.

I thought that would be the most critical factor for Nebraska. If it can keep it up, watch out if you're a Missouri fan. It could be a long night for Gabbert and the offense.