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Huskers 'soul searching' to fix defense

John Papuchis answers questions following Saturday's win. John Papuchis answers questions following Saturday's win.

Nebraska had all sorts of problems defensively in what eventually turned into a 59-20 win over South Dakota State.

SDSU running back Zach Zenner torched the Blackshirts on the ground rushing for 202 yards, the 10th most the Huskers have surrendered in school history.

The Jacks also racked up 425 yards of total offense to go along with 25 first downs, and held a 17-14 lead after the first quarter.

Nebraska has two weeks to work out the kinks on a defense that ranks 106th in the nation, before Big Ten play begins.

"We've got to do some real evaluating, some real soul searching as players and as coaches to figure out what we're going to go forward with and go with it," Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis said.

"We had a whole bunch of missed assignments and missed tackles," Stanley Jean-Baptiste said.  "We have to get back to the fundamentals and fix that."

The Huskers battle Illinois on Oct. 5, to open Big Ten Conference play.

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