Second-half miscues spell doom for NU
Nebraska dropped out of contention for the Big Ten Legends Division title as a collection of special teams miscues turned a tight game at halftime into a 45-17 loss at Michigan.
Trailing by 17-10, The Huskers received the second-half kickoff with a chance to tie the game. But Kenny Bell fumbled after a good return and Michigan recovered at the NU 33. Seven plays later, the Wolverines scored to take a 24-10 lead.
On Nebraska’s next possession, the Huskers drove 30 yards to midfield, where Brett Maher’s punt was blocked after he dropped the snap. The Wolverines drove to the Nebraska 5, where they picked up a first down on a fake field goal. One play later, it was 31-10.
The Huskers pulled within 31-17 late in the third quarter and forced a Michigan punt early in the fourth, but Wil Richards drew a disputed flag for roughing the punter. Seven plays later, Michigan extended its advantage to 38-17.
Another miscue ensued as Tim Marlowe returned the Michigan kickoff 22 yards before fumbling. Michigan recovered but missed a field goal after a three-and-out. Two plays later, however, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez fumbled it back to Michigan while being sacked. On the next play, Michigan’s Fitzgerald Toussaint uncorked a highlight-reel 31-yard touchdown run to seal the Wolverines’ 45-17 win.