Michigan 32
Nebraska 29

Oct. 9, 2021 • 6:44 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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Second quarter
UM: Moody 35 field goal, 9:52
UM: Moody 21 field goal, 3:19
UM: Haskins 3 run (Moody kick) 0:09
Third quarter
NU: Allen 46 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 12:49
UM: Haskins 3 run (pass failed) 3:36
NU: Johnson 41 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 1:24
NU: Falck 13 pass from Martinez (Martinez run) 0:52
Fourth quarter
UM: Corum 29 run (Moody kick) 11:21
NU: Martinez 5 run (Culp kick) 7:08
UM: Moody 31 field goal, 3:00
UM: Moody 39 field goal, 1:24

                           UM       NU
First Downs .............. 26       19
  Rushing ................ 12        5
  Passing ................ 12       12
  Penalty ................  2        2
Rushes-Net Yds ....... 42-204   32-140
Net Yards Passing ....... 255      291
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 22-39-1  18-28-1
Total Offense ........ 81-459   60-431
Fumbles-Lost ............ 1-0      2-1
Penalized-Yards ........ 6-55     6-47
Punts-Avg ............ 4-50.8   4-47.5
  Net/Punt ............. 50.8     44.5
Punt Returns-Avg ..... 2--4.0    0-0.0
Int. Returns-Yds ........ 1-0     1-20
Fumble Returns-Yds ..... 1-19      0-0
KO Returns-Avg ....... 3-19.0      0-0
Possession Time ....... 34:24    25:36
3rd Down Conv. ......... 6/15     3/11
4th Down Conv. .......... 0/0      1/3
Red-Zone Scoring ........ 6/6      2/3
Sacks-Yards ..............1-2     1-13

UM: Haskins 21-123; Corum 13-89; McCarthy 3-10; Edwards 1-3; TEAM 2-minus-6; McNamara 2-minus-15.

NU: Johnson 17-67; Martinez 8-38; Toure 1-16; Yant 1-14; Falck 1-6; Betts 1-minus-1. 

UM: McNamara 22-38-1 255; McCarthy 0-1-0 0.

NU: Martinez 18-28-1 291.

UM: Baldwin 6-64; Sainristil 2-52; Corum 5-37; Johnson 4-37; Schoonmaker 2-29; All 2-26; Honigford 1-10.

NU: Johnson 6-105; Allen 2-59; Martin 2-39; Toure 3-37; Falck 3-31; Manning 2-20.

Attendance: 87,380

Scott Frost and referee
Scott Frost has some words for an official in the second quarter. | Kenny Larabee


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Huskers lose another heartbreaker

In a hard-hitting, four-quarter battle, a late Nebraska fumble and the short field goal by Michigan that followed produced a narrow 32-29 margin for the No. 9 Wolverines to escape from Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 29-26, Michigan’s Jake Moody kicked his third field goal of the night from 31 yards out to tie game with three minutes left.

Nebraska took over, and on 3rd-and-1 from the NU 34, Martinez crossed the 35 and advanced to the 37. But he was stood up and stripped of the ball by Wolverine linebacker Brad Hawkins, who returned the fumble 19 yards to the Michigan 18.

The Blackshirts refused to break. Nebraska pushed the Wolverines back three yards, forcing Moody to boot his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 39 yards, to give Michigan a 32-29 lead.

Nebraska still had time to strike, taking over with 1:28 left and no timeouts. Martinez quickly hooked up with Samori Toure for a 25-yard gain to midfield. But the Huskers could push no farther, as Michigan forced a turnover on downs to end Nebraska’s hopes of an upset

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2021 schedule
05/01White 21, Red 20
08/28@ IllinoisL 22-30
09/04FordhamW 52-7
09/11BuffaloW 28-3
09/18@ OklahomaL 16-23
09/25@ Michigan St.L 20-23
10/02Northwestern*W 56-7
10/09MichiganL 29-32
10/16@ MinnesotaL 23-30
10/30PurdueL 23-28
11/06Ohio St.L 17-26
11/20@ WisconsinL 28-35
11/26IowaL 21-28
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