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Nebraska suffers tough 3-point loss to Michigan

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 3:48 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska lost to Michigan Saturday night by a final score of 32-29. The Huskers came into the game looking for a statement win against the 9th ranked Wolverines.

The first quarter was all about defense. In fact, the game was scoreless after the opening frame. Nebraska had a chance on its first drive to score, but went for it on 4th & 2 from the 3-yard line and turned it over on downs.

The second quarter was wild, and included plenty of reviews by the officials. Michigan opened the scoring with a field goal early in the 2nd.

The Wolverines fifth drive was where things really got crazy. After Michigan was awarded a first down after a review, they used a big gain to get down into the red zone. After that, two called touchdowns by Hassan Haskins were pulled off the board by replay. On the second one, Scott Frost asked for a review which showed Cade McNamara’s knee was down before he handed it to Haskins.

Michigan would have to settle for a field goal and take a 6-0 lead. Haskins would finally find the endzone just before halftime to give the Wolverines a 13-0 lead at the break.

Nebraska showed life to start the 3rd quarter. After running for a first down on a 3rd and 11, Adrian Martinez connected with fellow captain Austin Allen on a 46-yard catch and run score. Allen ran for 32 of those yards. That made it a 13-7 game.

It was the start of an electric third quarter for the Huskers. Michigan would score another Haskins touchdown and then Nebraska really took off. Adrian Martinez would connect with Rahmir Johnson on a 41-yard touchdown, Deontai Williams would pick off Cade McNamara – McNamara’s first career pick – and on the next play, Martinez would connect with Levi Falck for another Nebraska touchdown.

After the 2-point conversion by Martinez, Nebraska went on top 22-19. It was the first time this season Michigan has trailed in a game.

The game turned into a back-and-forth affair. Michigan would retake the lead again, then Nebraska would go back on top. Michigan would tie it with a field goal at 29.

Big Red had a chance to go ahead again, but an Adrian Martinez fumble on a short run was recovered by Michigan. It put them in position to kick what turned out to be the game-winning field goal.

The Huskers got one more chance but couldn’t move down the field.

Nebraska travels to Minnesota for an 11 a.m. kickoff next Saturday in Minneapolis.

Get WOWT 6 Sports live updates from the game below.

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