Freshman QB Steve Taylor led a fourth-quarter comeback that came up short.
Third-quarter miscues spell trouble in Tempe
Michigan took full advantage of a spate of Nebraska errors in the third quarter to score 24 unanswered points and turn a 14-3 halftime deficit into a 27-23 win over NU in the Fiesta Bowl.
Nebraska led at halftime on a pair of second-quarter TDs by Doug DuBose — a 5-yard pass from McCathorn Clayton and a 3-yard run — but disaster struck soon and often after Michigan kicked off to start the second half.
On the Huskers’ third offensive play, Wolverine linebacker Jeff Akers pounced on a DuBose fumble at the Husker 21. Four plays later, Gerald White went over the top from a yard out to cut the Nebraska lead to 14-10. Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Clayton fumbled and the Wolverines recovered at the Husker 38. Five plays later, quarterback Jim Harbaugh scored on a 1-yard keeper to give Michigan the lead for good at 17-14 after just 4:17 of the second half.
The Huskers managed a first down on their next possession but stalled at their 35. Dan Wingard’s punt was blocked and recovered by Michigan at the Husker 6. Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense held, but Pat Moons kicked a 19-yard field goal that upped Michigan’s lead to 20-14 with 6:42 left in the third period.
Coach Bo Schembechler’s team got the ball back later in the quarter and took advantage of two Husker pass interference penalties to drive 52 yards for what proved to be an insurmountable 27-14 lead.