Nebraska’s defense shut down Michigan, allowing only nine yards of offense in the third quarter and the Cornhuskers now lead 16-9. Nebraska held the Wolverines to negative rushing yardage (-3 yards) in the quarter.
Nebraska sniffed out Michigan’s rushing attack in the second quarter, holding the Wolverines to 20 rush yards and the Cornhuskers now lead 7-6. Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons made two field goals in the quarter, including a 52-yarder.
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing three punts in the quarter.
In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win.
Three Big Ten quarterbacks led game-winning drives in the waning moments last Saturday. Two of the names – Taylor Martinez and Denard Robinson – were no big surprise, but the other, and perhaps most impressive, one – Kenny Guiton – sure was.