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Nebraska grinds out tough win over Michigan

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Ameer Abdullah caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong with 2:03 remaining to lead Nebraska (7-2) to a hard-fought 17-13 victory over Michigan (6-3) in Ann Arbor.

The Cornhuskers rallied from a 13-10 deficit by driving 75 yards in 14 plays to hand Michigan its third loss in four games and the first for Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke in Michigan Stadium.

If one looked at the stat sheet, Michigan should never have been in the game. Nebraska’s swarming defense held the Wolverines to just 175 total yards, including negative 18 on the ground. But the Cornhuskers had troubles of their own on offense and couldn’t capitalize on the ineptness of the Wolverines. The score was knotted at 10 at the half and when Jordan Westerkamp muffed a punt at the Nebraska 26-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Michigan capitalized with a 40-yard field goal from Brendan Gibbons.

But this was Abdullah’s day to shine. The junior rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and seemed to provide a key run whenever Nebraska needed it. Armstrong also got hot at the right time, hitting on five of seven passes on Big Red’s game-winning drive, including a big 26-yard completion to Kenny Bell on 4th and 2 that set the Huskers up inside the Nebraska five yard line. He finished 11 of 19 for 139 yards and one touchdown.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was 18 of 27 for 196 yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked six times and he finished with minus 32 yards on the ground. The Wolverines got a grand total of 17 yards on 17 carries from their running backs.

The victory for Nebraska sets up a showdown next week with Michigan State for control of the Legends Division of the Big Ten. For all the fury over Bo Pelini’s job status, he could end up having the Cornhuskers right where they were supposed to be in the end.

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10 Responses to “Nebraska grinds out tough win over Michigan”
  1. polegojim says: Nov 9, 2013 7:30 PM

    Kudo’s to Pelini and Nebraska for doing what it takes to win.

    Zero kudos to my Wolverines.

    Michigan’s O made Nebraska’s D look like a top 10.
    Time for some serious changes.

    Michigan’s D evidently doesn’t know how to adjust to defend the option… again and again and again.

    Poor coaching is at the top of the issue list.

  2. huskerguy says: Nov 9, 2013 7:51 PM

    I really didn’t know if the Huskers had a chance… The defense looked fast today. I still don’t like our DC. Jury still out on Pelini. Let’s see how they finish.

    I’m glad Armstrong was the guy the whole 2nd half. Gotta start trusting next year’s starter sometime…

  3. polegojim says: Nov 9, 2013 8:56 PM

    @huskerguy… not taking away Huskers effort… but our Wolverine Offense has been making MOST teams look good.

    I’m not sold on Pelini either, but Huskers deserve a turn around.

    What I DO like about Pelini… is that he looks like he’s coaching and not just cheerleading. I’m becoming disillusioned with Hoke’s approach of back patting and pompom waiving… sometimes guys SHOULD get their butt’s chewed out.

  4. matrychapcox says: Nov 9, 2013 8:57 PM

    #karma

    keep a scumbag rapey o-lineman like Lewan in the lineup and reap what you sow.

  5. huskerguy says: Nov 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    @polegojim

    The M offense looks like where the Huskers was 2 years ago. None taken on the Husker remark either, after the loss to Minne I was confused about everything. It was nice to see the D play gap football… A little more disciplined.

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 10, 2013 12:08 AM

    As a Michigan fan, congratulations to Huskers fans. The better team won.

  7. jrs45 says: Nov 10, 2013 12:56 AM

    -22 yds rushing lmao!

  8. K-Mac says: Nov 10, 2013 3:07 AM

    This has been one of the most confusing seasons I’ve watched in a long time. (I never had much expectation out of the RichRod era, so I’m totally discounting that three-year reign of terror.)

    The offensive line is abysmal. The quarterback play has been horrifying. Instead of getting better, this team has gotten worse…so.much.worse.

    I have little hope Team 134 can beat Ohio in three weeks. Miracles can happen, I guess, but the offense has got to get it together ASAP.

  9. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 10, 2013 10:49 AM

    @ K-Mac:
    You must be confused. Ohio is not scheduled to play you in 3 weeks. Ohio is playing Massachusetts in Athens, Ohio. The School Up North is scheduled to play The Ohio State University on that date.

  10. dkhhuey says: Nov 10, 2013 8:12 PM

    @pole – I never knew who Hoke was prior to becoming the coach of TSUN, but after some Googling, it appeared that he never got over the .500 mark and it seems to be playing out now. He has had 3 top recruiting classes and TSUN is going backwards quickly! I’ve never seen such a dismal offensive display as I’ve seen over the lat few games… Somebody up there better right the ship quickly or The Game could get ugly in a hurry!

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