The Michigan Wolverines (6-3) lost the first home game of the Brady Hoke era on Saturday to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2), 17-13. The game was a defensive struggle for the most part, with some offensive ineptitude sprinkled in. Honestly, if you’re a Michigan fan, I suggest you do everything you can to forget this game as soon as possible. But, if you’re a glutton for punishment and have chosen to keep reading, let’s get to it.
Devin Funchess: The only player on the offensive side of the ball that had a game resembling anything close to a solid performance had to be Funchess. With six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown, he’s also the only player to score a touchdown for the
Wolverines since October 19. Let that sink in.
Taco Charlton: You have to give the true freshman some love for his performance against the Cornhuskers. Seeing his first meaningful action since the season opener against Central Michigan, this guy made an impact right away getting pressure several times on the quarterback, something every player on the defensive side of the ball has struggled to do all season. Why hasn’t he played more? One of the more confusing decisions made by this coaching staff, which is really saying something.
Brendan Gibbons: Hey, he did his job. Two for two on his field goal attempts. What more can you ask?
3 Key plays
1. With time running down in the fourth quarter and down by 3, Nebraska faced a fourth and two. Kenny Bell caught a Tommy Armstrong Jr. pass and managed to get all the way down to the Michigan five, setting up the eventual game winning score.
2. Down by three points with a little over two minutes left in the game and down by 3, Nebraska faced a 3rd and goal from the Michigan five. Tommy Armstrong Jr. pitched to Ameer Abdullah who then ran and dove for a touchdown. This would turn out to be the nail in the coffin for the Wolverines.
3. Down by 4 and trying to drive the field with under two minutes left in the game, Michigan faced a 4th and 5 at their own 41. Devin Gardner’s pass to Drew Dileo fell incomplete, virtually ending the game.
The offensive line is bad. They can’t pass block. They can’t run block. This is by far the worst offensive line I’ve seen on a Michigan football team.
The offensive play calling is questionable at best. I can’t get a feel for what Al Borges and the Wolverines are trying to do offensively.
Devin Gardner seems rattled. Perhaps it was the beat down he took against Michigan State last week, but regardless of what has gotten to him he just doesn’t seem comfortable at all, even when he has time.
The crowd sure let the team and coaches know how displeased they are. I definitely heard the loudest boos at Michigan Stadium since the Rich Rod days. I can’t say I blame them.
Nebraska was giving up nearly 200 yards rushing per game coming into today. They held Michigan to -21 yards on the ground.
Michigan now has -69 yards rushing on 65 carries in the last two games. I wish I was making that statistic up.
Michigan had 175 yards of total offense against Nebraska. Wyoming had over 600 yards of total offense against Nebraska. Again, I wish I was making that up.
Jeremy Gallon has extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 35.
What it means
I hate to say it, but this was a game that featured two less-than-great teams. Unfortunately, Michigan lost. What does that say about them? Well, nothing that we didn’t already know. This is a team that is struggling in nearly every facet of the game. There isn’t an easy fix. Let’s just hope that they don’t quit on themselves and fight hard in the last three games of the regular season.