Football Bowl Subdivision

                    === Nebraska upsets No. 20 Michigan ===
 Lincoln,  NE  (Sports Network)  -  Ameer  Abdullah ran  for  101  yards and  a
 touchdown on 24 carries, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers upset the No. 20 Michigan
 Wolverines, 23-9, to take over first place in the Big Ten.
 Taylor  Martinez  threw for a touchdown  and completed 14-of-24 passes for 166
 yards  and rushed 14 times for 58 yards for Nebraska (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten), which
 won back-to-back conference games after defeating Northwestern last week.
 "It's  a good win  for our football team and our kids," said Nebraska coach Bo
 Pelini. "I'm proud of them. I thought they played hard, they did a lot of good
 things.  We'll enjoy it  tonight, and we've got a lot of football left to play
 this year."
 Denard  Robinson was forced  to leave the game for Michigan (5-3, 3-1) and did
 not   return  after  injuring  his  elbow  in  the  second  quarter.  Freshman
 quarterback  Russell Bellomy  took over  and  struggled mightily  to move  the
 Wolverines'  offense.  He completed just  3-of-16 throws  for 38 yards and was
 intercepted three times.
 "Got to give Nebraska a lot of credit. They played well," Michigan coach Brady
 Hoke  said. "The second  half, especially late in the third quarter we did not
 tackle  well as  a defense. When you  don't tackle well, big plays can happen,
 and  we  didn't keep the ball  inside enough. We need  to do a better job with
 Before  leaving  the contest, Robinson  put the Wolverines in field-goal range
 for  Brendan  Gibbons, who connected  on 24-yard field goal  to make it 7-6 at
 Nebraska  started  with  the  ball  in  the  second  half,  but  Martinez  was
 intercepted by Mario Ojemudia and Michigan took over at its own 46.
 However,  the Wolverines  gave the ball right back, as Bellomy was intercepted
 on  the third play of the drive by P.J. Smith, who returned it 53 yards to the
 Michigan 4-yard line.
 After  the Michigan defense denied the Cornhuskers of a touchdown, Brett Maher
 kicked one through from 19 yards out to give Nebraska a 10-6 lead.
 Nebraska  forced Michigan to punt on its next touch and during the return, the
 Wolverines'  Brandin  Hawthorne was  flagged for a  personal foul. The penalty
 gave  the Cornhuskers the  ball at the Michigan 39, which set up another Maher
 field goal, this one from 51 yards out to make it a seven-point ball game.
 Yet  again, the  Michigan offense remained stagnant, and was forced to punt on
 its  next  possession. Martinez  then completed  his first  four passes on the
 drive before throwing one down the field to Bell, who drew a pass interference
 penalty  on the  play, moving the Cornhuskers to the Michigan 11. But Nebraska
 could  not move any closer and Maher kicked a 31-yard field goal through for a
 16-6 Nebraska advantage.
 Michigan  finally  got back  on the board  thanks to two  key penalties on the
 Cornhuskers'  defense.  After Bellomy's  pass  on  3rd-and-9 fell  incomplete,
 Nebraska  was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the penalty gave Michigan
 a  new  set of downs. Three  plays later, Bellomy  fired down the field to Roy
 Roundtree,  who drew  a pass interference call on Andrew Green, setting up the
 Wolverines on the Nebraska 21.
 Unable  to pick  up another first down,  Gibbons came out and kicked a 38-yard
 field  goal through to make it a one-score game with 42 seconds to play in the
 Nebraska  advanced  to the  Michigan 34  on its next  touch, but on 3rd-and-8,
 Martinez was sacked for a 10-yard loss, forcing the Cornhuskers to punt.
 However, on the first play of the ensuing possession for Michigan, Bellomy got
 picked off again, this time by Daimion Stafford.
 Nebraska  then  marched down the  field for a score  just over a minute later.
 Martinez  scrambled for  29  yards on  the  second play  of  the drive  before
 Abdullah  took a  handoff to the outside  and rushed his way into the end zone
 for a 12-yard touchdown, making it 23-9.
 Bellomy  seemed to finally get Michigan's offense going on the Wolverines next
 possession, completing a 15-yard pass to Devin Gardner before rushing 15 yards
 into Nebraska territory. He found Jeremy Gallon for an 11-yard gain, but after
 throwing  an incomplete  pass, Bellomy's throw to the end zone was intercepted
 by Stanley Jean-Baptiste, sealing the victory for the Cornhuskers.
 After  a scoreless  first quarter, Nebraska finally struck first in the second
 on a 32-yard touchdown catch by Bell.
 An illegal block penalty on Nebraska's Justin Jackson put the Cornhuskers in a
 1st-and-24  situation from their own 14, but Martinez completed three straight
 passes,  the last to Quincy Enunwa to pick up a first down. Three plays later,
 Martinez found Bell for the score to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead.
 Michigan  was able to get three back on the ensuing possession. The Wolverines
 moved  inside the  Cornhuskers' 40-yard line following a personal foul penalty
 on Smith. On 3rd-and-6, Robinson's pass to Devin Funchess fell incomplete, but
 Gibbons  got just enough  on a 52-yard boot to make it 7-3 with 8:21 remaining
 in the second quarter.
 The  Wolverines  defense forced a  three-and-out on the Cornhuskers next touch
 and got the ball back at their own 26. On the first play, Robinson threw a 32-
 yard strike to Roundtree, before completing a 10-yard pass to Vincent Smith to
 move Michigan to the Nebraska 30.
 However,  on 2nd-and-7,  Robinson scrambled  to pick  up the  first down,  but
 injured  his arm on the play, forcing him to leave the game. Bellomy then took
 over at quarterback and only moved the offense a yard closer, forcing Michigan
 to settle for a Gibbons 24-yard field goal and a 7-6 deficit at halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 Saturday's  game  marked Michigan's  first  trip  to  Lincoln since  1911  ...
 Nebraska  outgained  Michigan  326-188  ...  The  Wolverines  will  travel  to
 Minnesota  next  week to face the  Golden Gophers, while Nebraska will play at
 Michigan State.
 10/28 00:50:22 ET

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