With meat of schedule to come, Huskers' Bo Pelini works to fix problems on both sides of ball

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is looking for answers after his team's confounding loss to double-digit underdog Minnesota.

The Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) host Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) on Saturday needing a win to stay in the thick of the Legends Division race.

The week didn't start well for quarterback Taylor Martinez, who had a hip pointer added to his list of ailments. He also is batting shoulder and toe problems and is listed day-to-day.

Nebraska also is looking to shore up its run defense after surrendering a season-high 271 yards on the ground to the Gophers.