We previewed the Michigan – Nebraska game last week, so here’s a review of that one, a 23-9 win for the Cornhuskers.
The Cornhuskers beat the Wolverines, 23-9, on Saturday night and took control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division in the process. The game was close until Michigan lost Denard Robinson to a right elbow injury. He was replaced by backup Russell Bellomy and that’s when this game tilted in Nebraska’s favor.
While Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez completed only 14 of his 24 passes for 166 yards, he did rush for another 58 yards. The star of the Nebraska offense, however, was running back Ameer Abdullah, who finished the game with 101 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Cornhuskers defense not only knocked Denard Robinson out of the game, but it made life miserable for his replacement. Bellomy completed only 3 of his 16 pass attempts and Michigan finished the game with only 188 yards of offense.
This was a huge win for the Cornhuskers. They’re not tied with Michigan at 3-1 atop the Legends Division, but thanks to this win they now have the tiebreaker. If Nebraska wins out, it’s going to Indianapolis to play for its first Big Ten title.
As big as this win was for Nebraska, it was just as big a loss for Michigan. The Wolverines simply can’t afford to lose another game at this point if they want to win the Big Ten. Considering the season ends with a trip to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes, winning out isn’t going to be easy.