Wait, this defense was even better than we thought
As many of you noted, defensive totals--in this case the old standards of yards and points--didn't necessarily seem like the best basis for comparison given the offensive woes Nebraska experienced this season. Yards per play and points per play were the most popular requests.
We aim to please here, so now you have those numbers and, as you probably suspected, this 2009 defense comes out looking historically good.
The chart using the same Top 10 total defensive performances since 1990--the measure we used initially--is below, this time with the total number of plays each defense faced. Using that, you can see...