Nebraska's defense gave up 649 yards to UCLA and 498 yards and 63 points to Ohio State.
Coach Bo Pelini didn't waver in his belief that his defense would improve and over the last five games, that's exactly what has happened.
The Cornhuskers allowed Minnesota a season-low 177 yards on Saturday. Nebraska now ranks ninth nationally in total defense and eighth in scoring defense.
Nebraska plays at Iowa on Friday in the regular-season finale.