Cornhuskers building momentum
November, 9, 2013
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nebraska rode its Hail Mary high all the way from Lincoln last weekend to Ann Arbor this weekend, delivering Michigan its first loss in the Big House during coach Brady Hoke’s tenure.
The 17-13 victory came on the heels of a stellar defensive performance, sacking quarterback Devin Gardner seven times, and holding the Wolverines to minus-21 rushing yards -- the lowest rushing total by a Nebraska opponent since Troy State in 2001.
“I'm proud of that group of kids in the locker room. We're a little shorthanded right now but the character on that football team showed, they just fought until the end,” coach Bo Pelini said. “The way they played, they played with passion. … Guys rose to the occasion. And we talked all week about that, no matter the odds or where we were playing, we were going to play as a team and pick each other up.”
Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesZaire Anderson posted two of Nebraska's seven sacks of Devin Gardner.
The win ramps up the implications for next weekend’s game against Michigan State. The Spartans sit one game in front the Cornhuskers and if Nebraska can pick up a win, the Huskers inch closer and closer to playing for the Big Ten championship.
The team that showed up against Michigan is one that seems more threatening to the Spartans than the Nebraska that lost to Minnesota less than a month ago. And Pelini, who is 18-4 at Nebraska during November, has a group that could be primed to go on a run this month.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. led a 75-yard, fourth-quarter drive to put Nebraska up by four. On a fourth-and-2 he converted a 26-yard pass to Kenny Bell while Ameer Abdullah took the pressure off for the run game.
And the Nebraska defense followed that up with its own standup performance, holding Gardner and the Michigan offense from advancing more than 16 yards and effectively ending the game.
“That's a great feeling, but we have to move on to next week,” Armstrong said. “This was a great win. It was a tough win. It was a team win, and our defense got us a bunch of stops. They played the best ball they've ever played.”
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Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
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