NCAA Game Summary - Michigan vs. Nebraska |
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Nebraska 32, (20) Michigan 28
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Zac Taylor hit Terrence Nunn for a 13-yard
touchdown reception with 4:29 left in the game, as Nebraska rallied from a
double-digit deficit to post a thrilling 32-28 win over 20th-ranked Michigan
in the Alamo Bowl.
Taylor ended 14-of-31 for 167 yards with three touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Cornhuskers (8-4), who overcame an 11-point fourth-
quarter deficit to finish the season by winning their last three games.
Cory Ross rushed for 161 yards and a score on 28 carries while Nunn caught
four passes, including the eventual game-winner, for 91 yards with two scores.
Chad Henne finished 21-of-43 for 270 yards with three TDs and an interception
for the Wolverines (7-5), who closed out the season with two straight losses.
Henne also ran for a score while Jason Avant had eight receptions for 71 yards
in the loss.
Leading by four, Michigan increased the margin to 28-17 as Henne scored on a
seven-yard run with 11:40 left in the game. Henne ran for 19 yards on the
series and also connected with Avant for a 26-yard gain.
After each team kicked once, Nebraska quickly trimmed its deficit courtesy of
a big punt return. The Cornhuskers began at their opponent's 28-yard line, and
two plays later, Ross' 31-yard scamper following an offensive penalty
capped the drive. Nebraska then converted the two-point conversion to pull
within 28-25 with 8:08 to go.
Henne was then sacked and fumbled the ball on the ensuing possession, and the
'Huskers recovered at Michigan's 17-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor hit
Nunn wide open in the end zone to put Big Red in front 32-28 with 4:29
remaining in the exciting game.
Michigan, though, would quickly move downfield.
The Wolverines drove to the 20-yard line with ease, but then struggled from
there. Faced with a 3rd-and-8, Mario Manningham dropped a would-be first down,
and then on 4th-and-long, Henne's pass for Manningham was knocked down,
although it appeared the receiver was interfered with on the play.
After forcing a punt, Michigan got the ball back with seven seconds left and
appeared dead in the water. However, after a short completion and a series of
laterals, the Wolverines were able to progress down the field on the game's
final play, but came up just short as Tyler Ecker was eventually tackled
inside the 15-yard line. During the sequence, several players and coaches
from both teams had run onto the field thinking the game had ended, but no
penalties were called and Michigan came up just short in its dramatic
Nebraska took a 7-0 lead with just over eight minutes left in the first
quarter, as Taylor hit Nunn for a 52-yard touchdown reception. Nunn caught a
slant pass over the middle of the field, shook free from a defender, and took
off to the end zone.
The Wolverines quickly answered as Steve Breaston returned the ensuing kick 70
yards to set Michigan up deep in 'Huskers territory. The Wolverines took
advantage of the short field and capped the drive with a TD when Henne found
Ecker for a 13-yard score to tie the game with 5:48 remaining.
Following Leon Hall's interception, Michigan was in prime position to score,
but could not capitalize as Garrett Rivas missed a 25-yard field goal.
However, on Nebraska's next play, Hall again picked off Taylor. This time,
though, Michigan converted and took a 14-7 lead as Henne found Mike Massey for
a 16-yard score with 11:43 to go in the first half.
Nebraska tied the game up with 2:37 to go before halftime as Taylor
orchestrated a seven-play, 70-yard drive that was capped on a 14-yard
touchdown pass to Nate Swift.
The Cornhuskers seized a 17-14 lead on Jordan Congdon's 20-yard field goal
with 8:54 left in the third quarter, but Michigan quickly countered by
marching 58 yards in six plays. Henne culminated the scoring series with his
third TD pass of the night, this one to Manningham from 21 yards out, to give
the Wolverines a 21-17 edge.
Mike Hart led the Wolverine ground game with 74 yards while Manningham had
three catches for 28 yards and a score...Michigan extended the longest active
streak in the NCAA by appearing in a bowl game for the 31st straight
year...Nebraska, which improved to 3-0 in the Alamo Bowl, is 22-21 all-time in
bowl games...Michigan, which failed to win at least eight games in a season
for the first time since 1986, dropped to 18-19 in postseason play...The
Wolverines, who are 0-2 in the Alamo Bowl, are on a three-game bowl losing
streak for the first time since 1982-84...Michigan also lost at least four
games in a year for the first time since 1984 when the school finished
6-6...The Wolverines still lead the all-time series 3-2-1.
12/29 01:43:36 ET