Michigan went to Nebraska with the hopes of getting a victory and taking control of the Legends division. After a 23-9 loss, Michigan and Nebraska are now tied atop of the division with a 3-1 record, with Nebraska owning the tiebreaker.
Michigan fought to stay in this game with another solid performance from the defense, but as soon as Denard Robinson went down with an injury in the 2nd quarter, the game was pretty much over.
Even with Robinson at QB, the Michigan offense struggled to move the ball and put up points. With backup Russ Bellomy, Michigan had no chance. Bellomy played the rest of the 2nd quarter and the entire second half and finished 3-16 with 3 picks. It is obvious that without Denard, Michigan can’t win against average to above average teams. Good news for Michigan is that Robinson should be good to play against Minnesota this week. Just in case though, Michigan will be giving practice reps to both Bellomy and Gardner. Gardner was not an option to come in at QB against Nebraska because he has been taking reps solely at WR lately.Michigan Football Recap: Nebraska
Toussaint’s problems at running back continued as he only rushed for 38 yards on 15 carries. After the Illinois game, the coaches said that backup RB, Thomas Rawls, would see more carries. Since that comment, Rawls has ran the ball exactly 0 times. If Toussaint can’t produce, Michigan has to think about making the switch to Rawls.
The one semi-positive in this game was Michigan’s defense, which continues to play strong, although it is against Big 10 teams. The defense kept Michigan in the game through 3 quarters. They did give up 23 points and 326 total yards, but both totals are well below Nebraska’s season averages. When Michigan’s offense is going 3 and out or committing turnovers, it puts the defense in a tough spot. Michigan committed 3 turnovers inside their own territory, once on it’s own 4 yard line and each time the defense was able to come up with a stop or hold Nebraska to a field goal.
The defense is top 10 statistically and is currently the strong part of this team, but the offense needs to start scoring touchdowns. Michigan has not scored a TD in the last 8 quarters. The only points that they have been able to put up against Nebraska and MSU have been field goals. Good thing place kicker Brendan Gibbons has been reliable this year.
Up next: Michigan takes on Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug. Michigan has kept this trophy in Ann Arbor for the last 4 years and since Minnesota sucks, it will be 5 in a row.