Huskers Hold of Wolverines, 23-9

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Nebraska Post-Game Notes

Nebraska vs. Michigan, Oct. 27, 2012


Nebraska's 23-9 victory improved the Huskers to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play and moved NU into a tie for first place in the Big Ten Legends Division. The sixth win of the season made Nebraska eligible for its 49th all-time bowl appearance in school history. Nebraska's win gave NU a 1-0-1 edge in two meetings between the two schools in Lincoln and narrowed Michigan's lead in the all-time series to 4-3-1.


The win marked the Huskers' fourth straight victory in a home game against a ranked opponent, adding to a 2009 win over No. 20 Oklahoma, a 2010 victory over seventh-ranked Missouri and a 2011 win over No. 9 Michigan State.


Nebraska improved to 5-0 at home in 2012 and won for the 14th time in its past 15 home games. Nebraska also won for the 11th straight time in a night home game and improved to 37-5 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium.


The Nebraska defense limited Michigan to 93 passing yards, marking the sixth opponent in eight games held to less than 200 yards passing. The Wolverines also completed just 9-of-27 passes, marking the fourth time in eight games Nebraska has held its opponent to below 50 percent passing. Two other opponents have completed exactly 50 percent of their passes. The Huskers also recorded a season-high three interceptions.


The Huskers limited Michigan to just 188 total yards, a season-low for the Wolverines. Michigan gained just 52 yards after halftime. Nebraska registered two sacks for 17 yards and had a total of nine tackles for loss in tonight's game.


Nebraska held Michigan to nine points on three field goals in tonight's game. Nebraska has now limited three of its past five Big Ten opponents at Memorial Stadium to less than 10 points, including 3 by Michigan State and 7 by Iowa last season.


Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez passed for 166 yards in tonight's game. Martinez completed 5-of-5 passes for 83 yards on a second-quarter touchdown drive that was capped by a 32-yard TD pass to Kenny Bell. The 166 yards pushed Martinez's career passing total to 5,501 yards, leaving him 349 yards shy of Zac Taylor's career record of 5,850 career passing yards.


Martinez also rushed for 58 yards in the game, giving him 224 yards of total offense. Martinez pushed his career total offense total to 7,801, leaving him just 114 yards shy of Eric Crouch's Nebraska school record of 7,915 career total offense yards.


Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah produced his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and his career with 101 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. Abdullah, who leads the Huskers with 716 yards and eight touchdowns, had 85 rushing yards on 16 carries in the second half.


Sophomore receiver Kenny Bell had two receptions for 51 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. All six of Bell's team-leading six touchdowns this season have all covered at least 25 yards. Bell now has nine career touchdown receptions.


Bell continues to move up the career receptions and receiving lists. After his effort tonight, Bell now ranks 24th in school history with 60 receptions and 18th in receiving yards with 1,052. Bell's 591 receiving yards this season leave him just 50 yards shy of the season top 10 (641 is 10th) and just 75 yards short of the season receiving record for a sophomore (Johnny Rodgers, 665, 1970). Tonight marked Bell's 20th straight game with a reception.


Senior place-kicker Brett Maher connected on xxx-of-xxx field goals in tonight's game including field goals of 19, 51 and 31 yards in the third quarter. This marked Maher's third game this season with three field goals and the fifth of his career. Maher improved to 12-of-17 on the season. Maher's 51-yard field goal was his second field goal of more than 50 yards in 2012 and the fifth of his career. Maher is 5-of-10 in his career from beyond 50 yards. Maher's 19-yard field goal was the first of his career of less than 20 yards.


Maher has 31 career field goals and ranks fourth on the NU all-time field goals list. With 11 points tonight, Maher increased his career scoring total to 174 points and moved up to 22nd on the Nebraska career scoring list. Maher has 74 points this season, after scoring 100 in his junior season.


Maher downed 2-of 4 punts inside the 20-yard line and has seven punts downed inside the 20 the past two weeks. Maher averaged 42.2 yards on his four punts in tonight's game.


Senior linebacker Will Compton recorded four tackles in tonight's game, giving him 199 career tackles. Compton needs just one more tackle to become the 32nd player in school history with 200 or more career tackles.


Senior defensive end Eric Martin recorded a 14-yard sack in the second quarter and finished with two tackles for losses of 11 yards. Martin increased his team-high totals to 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.


Redshirt freshman linebacker David Santos recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-high six solos. He also notched one TFL for two yards. Entering the game, Santos had six total tackles on the season, including two solos and one TFL.


Senior safety P.J. Smith grabbed his second interception of the season and sixth of his career. His 53-yard INT return set up Brett Maher's first field goal in the third quarter and provided the winning score while going up 10-6.


Nebraska rushed for a season-low 166 yards, ending a streak of seven straight games with at least 200 rushing yards to start the season. The seven-game streak marked the first time NU had rushed for 200 or more yards in the first seven games since 2000. Nebraska did continue its streak of seven consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher (Ameer Abdullah, 101).


Nebraska finished with a season-low 326 yards of total offense, ending a streak of seven straight games with at least 437 yards of total offense to start the 2012 season.


Nebraska was +1 in turnover margin in tonight's game and is now minus-8 for the season, including a minus-6 in Big Ten play. Nebraska did not allow a point on Michigan's two takeaways, while Nebraska's interception in the third quarter resulted in a field goal and NU's first fourth-quarter interception (Daimion Stafford) ended in a touchdown to give the Huskers a 23-9 lead.


The sellout crowd of 86,160 is the second-largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history, trailing only the 86,304 fans that saw Nebraska's victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 26, 2009. That game marked Nebraska's 300th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. 


Tonight's game captains were junior offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles, senior receiver Tim Marlowe, and senior linebackers Sean Fisher and Alonzo Whaley.


Nebraska heads back on the road next weekend for a Legends Division matchup at Michigan State. The Spartans are 5-4 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten play, following an overtime victory at Wisconsin on Saturday.