Denard-less Wolverines upset in Lincoln

By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor

Michigan traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska for the first time since 1911. They came home today, with a loss in the game, and a bigger loss in losing senior quarterback Denard Robinson. The Wolverines fell at the hands of the Cornhuskers, and didn’t score a touchdown, falling, 23-9.

Robinson left in the second quarter after aggravating a nerve in his right elbow, and didn’t return. Backup quarterback Russell Bellomy couldn’t get the job done and the Wolverines couldn’t score a touchdown for the second straight game.

Nebraska now holds the tiebreaker over the Wolverines, even though they are tied atop the Legends Division in the B1G 10.

The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard first with a 32-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Taylor Martinez to wide receiver Kenny Bell to take the early 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Michigan kicker, Brendan Gibbons, who has been key for the Wolverines of late, kicked two field goals to cut the ‘Husker lead to just one. That was as close as the Wolverines got to taking the lead.

Once the second half started, three straight field goals by the Cornhuskers put the lead out of reach after Robinson went down. Bellomy would go on to throw three interceptions on the night.

Gibbons would kick another field goal for the Wolverines late in the third quarter, but that would be the last points the Wolverines would score. Nebraska would tack on a late 12-yard touchdown run by Ameer Abdallah in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Denard Robinson was injured against Nebraska and didn’t return (Photo Credit: MLive.com)

It was not a typical Saturday for the Wolverines. The Wolverines witnessed life without Robinson, which didn’t look good at all. Bellomy, who is supposed to be a really good backup, couldn’t show signs of a capable replacement.

Aside from Robinson, the running game wasn’t very efficient either. The Wolverines had 95 yards on 37 attempts. Fitzgerald Toussaint accounted for 15 of those carries, only amassing 38 yards. Denard had 10 carries for 46 yards.

On the receiving side of things, the Wolverines were awful as well. A combined nine receptions on 27 attempts for a total of 93 yards. When your rushing yards exceed your passing yards, usually, you aren’t in for a good day.

Six different receivers caught the ball for the Wolverines, but they couldn’t average more than six yards per reception.

That was the story of the Wolverines offense. A total of 188 yards. On the Cornhusker side of things, it was a completely different story.

The Cornhuskers tore apart the Wolverines defense, who had been getting better with each game. Michigan allowed 326 total yards, 166 of that in the air. Martinez completed 14 passes on 24 attempts with one interception and one touchdown. On the ground attack, Abdallah led the way with 101 yards of the 160 total on 24 carries and one touchdown.

Nebraska will now travel to East Lansing this weekend to face the Michigan State Spartans, in which the Wolverines might want to cheer for if they have any chance of winning the Legends Division now.

Michigan travels to Minnesota, who have been better, but should be an easy task. The Wolverines also dropped out of the top 25 after coming in at 22 against Nebraska.

You can catch the Wolverines game on the Big Ten Network at 12:00pm this Saturday. As always, Go Blue!

To read the original article that appeared in the eighth edition of The Michigan Journal, on Tuesday, October 20, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org

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