Minnesota is on a two-game winning streak, most recently edging Nebraska 30-23 in Week 7. A big factor for the win vs. Nebraska was the play of emerging running back Bryce Williams.

The 6-foot, 215-pound junior amassed 127 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the victory. This was the first game of the season Williams saw significant action. Minnesota offensive coordinator Mike Sanford raved about Williams and the evolution of his play.

Sanford believes this was a breakthrough moment for the Florida native, according to 247Sports.

“There’s a confidence to his game. He’s a guy that you can tell has been there and had been called upon and critical moments,” explained Sanford. “Obviously it’s been a while since he’s been called upon, but I think that there’s a tangible feeling that when you know that the team fully trusts a player on your team…He’s a guy that has completely earned the trust of his teammates.

“Also, I just love the way he was playing. He was playing with great pad level and I’m excited for him. I think that was a big moment for him to get over the hump.”

Next up for Minnesota is a home matchup vs. Maryland on Oct. 23 (3:30 p.m. EST/ESPN2). Maryland leads the all-time series 4-2 vs. Minnesota.