Nebraska Gets Critical Win Over Michigan
Perhaps it wasn't as convincing as it might have been with Denard Robinson playing four quarters, but the Huskers still won the most critical game on the schedule under the lights in Lincoln. It wasn't always pretty, the Big Red still committed turnovers and penalties. Still, NU was tough enough to pound the Wolverines into submission with some tough running by running back Ameer Abdullah (113 rushing yards and a touchdown) and overall steady play by quarterback Taylor Martinez.
The first quarter was an old school Big Ten or Big Eight style slugfest. The defenses were in control and kept points off the board. That changed early in the second quarter when Martinez hit Kenny Bell for a 32-yard touchdown. The Wolverines answered with a field goal and appeared headed to the end zone when their quarterback (Robinson) left the game with an injury.Michigan salvaged a field goal but headed to the locker room trailing 7-6 and without their best player available.
UM's defense was good in the red zone in the third quarter but couldn't prevent three NU field goals that made the score 16-6. Some untimely penalties aided the Wolverines and their struggling young quarterback (Russell Bellomy, who threw three interceptions on the night) notch another field goal to get within a touchdown. It was all NU from that point on.
The Huskers mounted a touchdown drive to make it 23-9 with 11 minutes remaining. After stopping Michigan from answering they let Abdullah do the rest to grind out the clock. Not the prettiest outing, but as sweet a win as you'll ever see for NU.
Nebraska must still be ready to play some tough games to win the division. Michigan State will be awfully tough in East Lansing next week. Thankfully, NU controls their own destiny. Mission accomplished.