ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Once again, Michigan continued to assert their dominance as they picked up yet another blowout win.
In the first quarter, Nebraska’s quarterback started the game by throwing an interception to Michigan’s Josh Metellus (#14). This immediate change in possession led to a huge 46-yard run by Karan Hidgon (#22) and concluded with a one-yard touchdown run by Ben Mason (#42). After this, Michigan’s very next offensive play at scrimmage was a 44-yard TD run by Hidgon. On the Wolverines next drive, Shea Patterson (#2) gets pressured but completes a 21-yard pass to Zach Gentry (#83). Later in this drive, Tru Wilson (#13) would pick up a 24-yard run which resulted into another short TD run for Ben Mason. However, a missed extra point try by Quinn Nordin (#3) ended the quarter with a score of 20-0. In the second quarter, Nordin was able to redeem himself by converting on a 50-yard field goal. There were many more highlights to follow, so here’s a quick synopsis of what happened after that field goal. Michigan’s defense started to sack Nebraska’s quarterback on multiple occasions. On the offensive side, Gentry was able to catch a TD pass by Patterson and Ben Mason ran for his third TD. Additionally, the defense was able to put up points by pressuring Nebraska’s quarterback into throwing an illegal pass from the end zone. Thus, causing a safety.
When the second half rolled around, Michigan’s offensive barrage turned down a notch. The best moment from this half was a 60-yard punt return by Donovan Peoples-Jones (#9). This return included a tip-toe run along the sideline and a smooth spin move. At the start of the fourth quarter, a quick juke by Ronnie Bell (#8) finished off a 56-yard TD pass from Dylan McCaffrey (#10). From then onwards, Michigan and Nebraska were able to scrap up a few more points which made the final score 56-10.
My first game ball goes to Karan Higdon. He was inactive last week due to injury. Despite this setback, he seemed to be fully healthy as he set the tone at the beginning of the game. His ability to run the football at an elite level set up touchdown passes for Shea Patterson and rewarded the defense for stopping Nebraska’s offense. Higdon finished with 12 carries for 136-yards and one TD.
Next, my second game ball goes to the Michigan defense. They only gave up 10 points to the Nebraska offense, forced a safety, and racked up 4 sacks. The energy exerted from the defense was felt for the entire game and they wouldn’t give Nebraska any breathing room. Devin Bush Jr. stood out the most as he finished with 6 tackles, with 1 of them being a sack.
Finally, my other game ball goes to Shea Patterson. This was not because he had incredible stats. Instead, it was because he did all the right things. In the middle of the third quarter, he was rewarded for this by being allowed to rest for the remainder of the game. As a result, Dylan McCaffrey was subbed in for him. In the end, Patterson finished with 15-20 for 120 yards and one TD.
Michigan had 285 rushing yards and 206 yards. On the other hand, Nebraska only had 39 rushing yards and 93 passing yards. This difference in yards is a major part of how the Wolverines won. As predicted, Michigan was clearly the better team and it showed in this game.
Next Saturday, Michigan will travel to Illinois and face off against Northwestern. For Nebraska, they will take on Purdue at home.