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In a half-season pockmarked by offensive inconsistency, the one thing Nebraska did each of the first three games is begin the game with possession and move the ball down the field quickly.

Entering Saturday’s game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium, one year after the Illini nearly beat the Huskers thanks in part to four forced turnovers, the message heard over and over and over again was that Nebraska must protect the football. Must.

Illinois vs. Nebraska, 11.21

Illinois' Josh Imatorbhebhe (9) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of Nebraska's Dicaprio Bootle in the first half Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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