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“It makes it very difficult on the defenses,” Gill said. “You wear down a lot quicker. If you don’t have much depth, it’s really tough on you as you get into the fourth quarter.”

As much as Nebraska coach Bo Pelini likes to nitpick his defense’s performances, even he said he has to be happy just winning in the super-charged Big 12.

“I don’t care how many yards they get,” he said.