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OK ... so being a glass half-full kind of guy:I just looked at the team stats for the game on Saturday, and saw that Michigan averaged 4.9 yards per rush and we averaged 5.0 yards per rush. Passing was similarly close with Michigan averaging 8.1 yards per pass and us averaging 8.0 yards per pass. Sounds pretty even, doesn't it?
How is that possible given the beatdown we saw? The answer is that Michigan had no big plays. They just methodically grinded it out, play after play. Conversely, we were generally inept on offense but had the long Fleeks run to avoid a shut out and the long pass to Washington to start the second half.
I think this explains why Nebraska continues to rank as a good rushing team despite the absence of a consistent running threat from the running back position. We've gotten some long QB runs and a couple (but only a couple) of long runs from a running back. However, we have not shown the ability to just line up and run the ball down our opponents' throats the way Michigan did to us. Combine that with a mediocre passing game, and you see why we have had so much trouble consistently moving the ball.
1) No big plays by Michigan ... isn't that a good thing defensively? Our defense is limiting explosive plays which against the majority of the B1G should play well - shouldn't it?
2) Getting the ball to guys like Fleeks, Kemp, E. Johnson and Fidone will result in positive results.