Nebraska 17 Michigan 45
Inconsistency All the Way Around
When I look back over the past 3 seasons Coach Bo always gets to this point in the season, and it’s ground hog day all over again. We get to this part with high expectations only to find ourselves re-living the year before.
The first series for both Nebraska and Michigan end with both teams going 3 and out. On Michigan’s 2nd
offensive series WR Roundtree makes a 46yd reception, which on the play he got away with a push off on CB Dennard. DL Cameron Meredith also was flagged for hands to the face. Michigan ends up scoring on a 6yd pass play by Michigan QB Robinson to WR Gallon, to make it Michigan7-NU 0. On Michigan’s next offensive series LB David and S Stafford came up with a sack on QB Robinson in which Michigan had to settle for a FG making it Michigan 10-NU 0.On our next offensive series Martinez hits a wide open WR Kinnie for a 54yd td reception making it a 3pt game. On Michigan’s next series DL Moore batted the ball thrown by Robinson in the air and intercepted it on Michigan’s 34yd line. We ended up settling for a 51yd FG by Maher, which tied the game. Michigan comes right back and scores on a 14yd QB Keep by Robinson making it Michigan 17- NU 10. Our next series TE Long got a holding penalty for holding which stopped the drive.
We come out of halftime receiving the ball and WR/KR Bell fumbles the opening kick-off and Michigan recovers at our 33yd line. S Thorell committed a pass interference on 3rd
down which resulted in Michigan getting a 1st
and goal for the 2yd line. Michigan scored making it 24- NU 10. Our next offensive drive it was 4th
down and we were punting. Maher let the ball get to close to his body and the punt was blocked. Maher was also hurt on the play but later would come back in the game. On Michigan’s next series on 4th
down attempting a FG, Michigan faked the FG and scored making it 31 –NU 10. QB Martinez and company come back on the next series and marches down the field to score on a play for the ages. QB Martinez, RB Burkehead, and RB Abdullah all touch the ball on the real triple option. NU 17 – Michigan 31. Michigan added 2 additional touchdowns in the 4th
This game was filled with penalties, fumbles, missed tackles, etc…. Offensively it hasn’t looked like Burkehead has been 100% since the Ohio State game. We have 3 true freshman running, 2 in which hasn’t played very much and their red shirts were wasted. Not to mention all 3 of the running backs have to come up together. Someone isn’t going to be happy. Our receivers at times again dropped balls that should’ve been caught. Martinez still has issues running the offense and I thought against Michigan our offensive line played the most consistent collectively, not mistake free.
On defense against Michigan I saw some of our Safety’s out of position several times which resulted in big plays for Michigan. LB David oh course showed up and I thought the LB’s overall were the most consistent on Defensive side of the ball. Our DL again was not able to get any pressure on QB Robinson and the few times we did he would tuck it and run. We also had some uncharacteristic penalties on our DL.
Special Teams – Fumbles and Penalties!!!
This one was difficult to swallow. This far along in the season and this much inconsistency makes you wonder where we are as a program? Only thing I can think of is “Maybe my expectations are too high for where we are currently at. “
Regardless: Forever A Husker!