Metellus: Nebraska Quit 'After the First Series'

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Metellus: Nebraska Quit 'After the First Series'

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Metellus: Nebraska Quit 'After the First Series'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan absolutely destroyed Nebraska on Saturday, 56-10, breaking the Cornhuskers apart from the word go.

Perhaps the impetus for Nebraska’s demise, at least on the Huskers’ offensive side of the ball, was how its first drive ended: with a tipped ball falling into the arms of Michigan strong safety Josh Metellus.

Metellus had a monster game on Saturday, adding 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup to go along with his interception. For the third-year safety, it was precisely how the Michigan defense should play week-in, week-out.

“I feel like as a defense, we really went out there and we played how we should play every week,” Metellus said. “It just so happened we got a couple penalties, or the game would have been much more better for us. As a defense, I feel like we dominated again.”

As a whole, Michigan annihilated the Cornhuskers in a way that almost seemed unfair. Many of the reserves were in once the second-half took place, yet by the end of the third quarter, the Nebraska team that had 329 yards on the ground against Colorado and nearly 200 against Troy, only could muster 5 total yards rushing. Nebraska would finish the game with 39 yards on the ground and 93 through the air.

With the Michigan defense asserting its will, Metellus says that he could tell, basically as soon as that ball landed in his hands, that Nebraska was done — they wanted out.

“After the first series,” Metellus said. “We knew they didn’t want to play. You could just tell – the intensity was kind of flat. I just knew personally that they didn’t want to play with us.”

It was a special feeling, Metellus says, to make another team tap out the way that the Cornhuskers did on Saturday.

As Nebraska started looking towards the sidelines, towards that tunnel, it just made the Michigan defense that much more ferocious.

“It just gives it that extra feel, like you just made someone not want to play anymore,” Metellus said. “Just turn it up to the next level. Make it feel like they have no other choice but to leave.”

Michigan finished the game with season highs in both sacks (4) and tackles for loss (14).

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Special thanks to The Wolverine Lounge‘s Brandon Justice for the video.

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