Michigan Demolishes Nebraska, 56-10

Michigan Demolishes Nebraska, 56-10

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Michigan Demolishes Nebraska, 56-10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With Big Ten play opening in earnest on Saturday, Michigan welcomed Nebraska to the Big House, and what a welcome it was. 

In front of an announced crowd of 111,037, the Wolverines absolutely demolished the Cornhuskers in every way imaginable, to the tune of 56-10.

It was a game that started in a similar fashion to the others — the Michigan defense started strong, getting into the offensive backfield on consecutive plays, but gave up a big third down pass play to Nebraska freshman QB Adrian Martinez for the first down. But that’s mostly where the Wolverines’ third down woes ended, as Michigan thoroughly dismantled the Nebraska offense.

The Huskers came into the game as one of the nation’s best rushing offenses, averaging 258 yards on the ground. Against Michigan, however, Nebraska only managed 39.

And the Wolverines got big plays from everywhere on the other side of ball and special teams.

Fullback Ben Mason scored three times in the first half. A fumbled return ended up in the arms of Ambry Thomas — who, if there was a rule that he couldn’t advance it, would have scored a touchdown. Early in the second half, Donovan Peoples-Jones took a 60 yard punt to the house. 

Even as the starters came out, Nebraska couldn’t stop the maize and blue. Redshirt freshman QB Dylan McCaffrey hit true freshman receiver Ronnie Bell down the sideline, and the first-year athlete had some maneuvering that led to another six on the scoreboard. 

While the offense was impressive, the defense was even more so. Nebraska was rendered ineffective early, with the usual names—Chase Winovich, Devin Bush Jr. and Rashan Gary—getting into the backfield early and often. Josh Metellus has arguably the best game of his career, and his second consecutive game with an interception.

Both the offensive and defensive lines pushed Nebraska around like they were playing a high school team. Michigan accumulated over 200 yards on the ground against a team that had boosted the 20th-best attack there. 

There was little to no positive for Scott Frost’s team, which replaced QB Martinez with sophomore Andrew Bunch in the second half. 

Michigan next travels to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats at Ryan Field.

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